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State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 6, 2011
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Sat, Jul 30th, 2011

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I'm not sure when it was that I first heard about the Sierra High Route, but I knew immediately that I wanted to hike it. I think it was about the time I solo-hiked the John Muir Trail and my imagination was captured by that incredible country. The problem was that I needed a partner to go with me for my family to feel comfortable with such an undertaking. At first, I thought the ideal candidate would be a middle-aged woman like me, but every time I was close to getting a commitment from someone, something would intervene to prevent her from going.

This year, I was a little more vocal with the family on the subject and around about March, my oldest son, Dennis allowed that even though it sounded a bit risky (he had shattered an ankle several years ago on a cross-country trip in Yosemite and was understandably concerned about a potential repeat-experience), he was intrigued by the idea. A couple of weeks later, he called me to say "I'm in!" He had spoken with his wife, and she, perhaps reluctantly over concerns for his well-being, had agreed that he should go. Soon, Dennis was talking to his younger brother Sam and before I knew it, we were threesome.

My husband, Kerry, and I are section hiking the Continental Divide Trail, so I would have a chance to get in shape, and in fact, having just returned from 360 miles of snow, water, mud and grizzly bears, I am excited, but a little anxious to take on this new challenge. I am not referring to navigational and rugged country issues, which are substantial--upon reflection, I'm thinking about family issues--the boys (men, now for many years!) have not been together with each other, or with me, on the trail since they were teenagers. We will have to learn to be together all over again.

I know from experience there is little or no cell coverage in this part of the Sierra Nevada, so there will be no on-trail entries until our return. In the meantime, we will update our location daily with a Spot Device, so you can see where we are by clicking on "Last Spot Update" in the box at the upper right hand of this page. We will begin our trip at the Copper Creek Trailhead in King's Canyon, August 6 and hopefully, will end our hike at Twin Lakes in the Northeast corner of Yosemite by August 21. We'll see.

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Sierra High Route - 2011

The mountains are calling and I must go
John Muir


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