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Post trip thoughtsThe Sierra High Route was certainly the most challenging hike I've experienced, even more so than thru hiking the PCT, or Te Araroa in New Zealand. I'd advise not doing it solo, mostly for the security of another body, but it would be more enjoyable to share the experience I'm sure. I rarely saw more than one or two people a day while I was off the JMT. I didn't need any technical gear, not even a rope, but this could change radically if it is attempted early in the season, or after a heavy snowfall year. According to Skurka's databook I covered 118.8 miles on the route, plus the mileage out and back to South Lake, about 20 miles total. Not counting the 8 hours (1 day) to get to South Lake, that's an average of 12 miles a day. Less than I had hoped for, but the best I could do. Had it been earlier in the summer with longer days I might have gotten farther, but it was more energy than daylight that limited me. But hey, I'm 62, so cut me some slack.
Cisco on Te Araroa
Te Araroa Website: http://www.teararoa.org.nz
Recommended reading: andrewskurka.com
also Cascade Summer http://bobwelch.net/books/ which includes some passages about our 2011 PCT hike. I thru-hiked Te Araroa with my wife Roadrunner in 2012-13.
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