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City: Mammoth Lakes
Begins: Mar 21, 2017
Date: Tue, Feb 21st, 2017
Start: Mammoth Lakes
End: Mammoth Lakes
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The gear photo is from last year, not much has changed. I'm hea
The countdown begins. In 27 days and 14 hours I'll be hiking away from the Mexican border. This will be my 3rd year in a row. It's hard to imagine a more fun and challenging and rewarding way to spend the summer. As kids we always got summers off and I think taking summer off as an adult makes way more sense.
In 2015 I hiked to mile 1099 (Aloha Lake) before being forced off trail by an infected tooth. I was told to take a week off and I was running behind as it was so I made the decision to pull the plug, vowing to pick up where I left off in 2016.
2016 rolled around and I said screw it, I'll start from Campo again. I did, and I made it Canada last year but I skipped Northern California for various reasons. I have no regrets about skipping that portion last year. In fact, I liked the pace much better. I was able to stop and enjoy what the trail had to offer instead of just pushing non-stop. With that in mind, this year my plan is to hike California and Washington with an intentional skip of Oregon. I say "plan", but honestly, there isn't much of a plan. I just arrange a ride to Campo and take off. The uncertainty of the whole thing is a big part of what makes it fun. I will go somewhere for the eclipse in August. I don't know exactly where, and yes, I know the eclipse path goes through Oregon, but I was thinking maybe Wind River Range in WY.
So, snow concerns. I'm sitting in a nice, warm condo in Mammoth Lakes, California right now watching yet another storm pound and thrash outside my window. As far as snowfall, we're sitting at 214% of normal right now. Mammoth Mountain just passed 500 inches of snow for the season today. More is on the way. I hear a lot of worried hikers fretting over the snowpack. Last year I left Kennedy Meadows headed into the Sierra a full month before the traditional time. I saw snow. Lots of it. Walking on snow is sort of a bitch, but it isn't so terrible that I would never do it again. The melt is worse to me. High creek crossings and flooded trail. I hit that as well but not until northern Yosemite. I'm not worried about the snow.
I'm just getting a few last things gathered and/or replaced and I'll be walking soon. I super stoked. I journaled in '15 here, on Postholer. In '16 I went to Instagram. This year, I think I'll try both. The link to my instagram is: https://www.instagram.com/gooutsideandplayphotography/
Hope to see some of y'all out there. Do it now, don't wait. Nothing is guaranteed.
The gear photo is from last year, not much has changed. I'm heavy by PCT standards, but I've got my shit dialed in.