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Scott "Voyageur" Piddington
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After shuttling 2 pairs of hikers to and from the trail and bishop
yesterday, 17th, I spent the night In the car at the trail head at 9200
feet. Adam and Dirt were camped 3 miles up. We met on trail in the morning.
We had breakfast in Big Pine. We got a room at the Vagabond Motel in
bishop. Got clean. Out for lunch. Shopped resupply. It rained some from
time to time. Not hot!
I'm going to set out with them. In the first 5 miles we cross Kearsarge
Pass at 11,700 feet. If I can get over that without altitude sickness, I
should be fine. I have high hopes.
In 6 days we should reach Reds Meadows and Mammoth Lakes for resupply.
Wish me luck,
On Fri, Jul 16, 2021, 12:23 PM Scott 'Voyageur' Piddington <
Here is the next installment. Everything is on www.postholer.com/voyageur
now. It's mostly the same as the emails with some small edits and additions.
It seems clear that I cannot rejoin the trail with my friends at
Independence Pass. To get there would take me over Kearsarge Pass which is
well ove 11,000 feet. Bishop is at about 4,000 feet. My body would not
acclimatize fast enough leaving me with a bad case of altitude sickness.
After that the trial is up and down between 8,000 and 13,000 feet time
after time. My next best chance is to hop on at Red's Meadows up from
Mammoth Lakes. Red's is at about 7,600 feet. If I make a short day of it by
getting alte start and stopping at about 13 miles, that would make camp at
about 9,000. The next day would be up to 10 or 11 but back down to 9 for
camp. After that eht trail hovers around 8 for a while with the occasional
10,000 bit. This should work.
Hopefully I will meet up with Adam and Dirt in Onion Valley/Independence.
After they get back on trail I will head to Mammoth and Red's meadows.
We shall see!
On Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 11:58 AM Scott 'Voyageur' Piddington <
I didn't have everyone on this list last time. Sorry about that. Hopefully
you can see the first email below. I plan to paste this stuff into
Postholer. We shall see.
I hiked back down from Beck Meadows and got to the 4-Runner at 10:50pm. The
hour or 2 of night hiking was good. I think it was about 22 miles in 10.5
hours. Not bad.
Drove the 4 miles back to the Grumpy Bear and camped out back. I had to get
the rental back to Ridgecrest by noon. Sarah & Blessed joined me at
breakfast at the Grumpy Bear. I was about to grab a shower when a guy
climbs onto the deck and says, you Voyageur.
His name was Randy & he just came down from Beck meadows. He met Adam &
Dirt as they passed his camp late yesterday. He had been hiking for a few
days from Willow Meadow up near Independence, I think. He was looking for a
ride to Lone Pine. They told him I wi=ould be leaving early so he got up at
3 am to catch me. We headed out pretty soon, sans shower.
It turns out this guy is 75! He has hiked the 7 highest summits of the 7
continents and been to both poles. Boy did he have some stories. I couldn't
get him all the way to Lone Pine but got him to a good hitch spot.
I returned the car to Enterprise and the guy gave me a ride to catch the
bus at Walmart. that got me to Bishop at about 10 past 6pm. A guy I met on
the bus showed me The Hostel California but I opted for a mom & pop motel
called the Thunderbird. Bishop is a nice hiker town. There were no cars for
rent. So I have been here 2 nights. If I can't rent a car this afternoon,
I'll catch the bus south a bit to Independence and hitch/walk to Gray's
Meadows Campground at 6,100 feet elevation.
I'd like to camp at Onion Valley CG since that is where my friends will
exit the trail but it is at 9.600 feet & I need to get acclimatized. Also
It is by reservation only and full.
So that's it for now!
"The road ahead leads ever on,
down from my door where it began
to where many paths and errand meet."
Bilbo & Frodo - J.R.R. Tolkien
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