Post Tagged with: "John Muir Trail"

John Muir Trail Part 4: Piute Creek to Red’s Meadow

John Muir Trail Part 4: Piute Creek to Red’s Meadow

If the song of the southern John Muir Trail was a Wagner opera, starkly beautiful and moving with long buildups to dramatic crescendos, then the song of the northern Muir Trail was a lilting Vivaldi symphony: many changes of tempo, full of bright loveliness and depth, but sometimes also inspiring tears of pain.

by February 16, 2013 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails
John Muir Trail Part III: Golden Staircase to Evolution Basin

John Muir Trail Part III: Golden Staircase to Evolution Basin

From where we sat with our backs against a white-speckled granite rock on the top of Mather Pass at 12,100 feet in the southern Sierra, the view could have fit with any good post-apocalyptic science fiction novel: bare jumbled rock spreading away to the horizon south and north, rimmed by the next column of stark dry peaks, sparse alpine plants clinging to fragile rootholds, scattered tarns reflecting the striking blue sky above, and not another soul in sight for miles. It would be easy to imagine that something big went “BOOM!” here and the lifeless land had not yet healed its scars.

by February 4, 2013 0 comments Fireside, Trail of the Week, Trails
John Muir Trail Part II: Forester Pass to Rae Lakes

John Muir Trail Part II: Forester Pass to Rae Lakes

The John Muir Trail’s narrow tread stretched ahead across the flatland as far as our eyes could see, with ghostly grey-blue peaks framing the vista from southeast to northwest in the far distance, and the shadows of fast-scudding clouds zipping quickly westward across the flat lands in front of us.

by January 17, 2013 0 comments Fireside, Trail of the Week, Trails
John Muir Trail Part I: Mount Whitney

John Muir Trail Part I: Mount Whitney

Most backpackers have felt it, that moment of quiet exultation when you’re sitting somewhere in the back country and you’re gifted with a moment of glorious wonder, of abject humility, at the display before you. In our case, it was an August evening in our camp next to Crabtree Meadow in the southern Sierra Nevada, looking east to the sun setting on Mount Whitney, 14,505 feet, and its companion spires.

by January 9, 2013 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails
The bear can meal plan

The bear can meal plan

When you habituate bears and other beasts to the availability of easy food from messy or poorly secured camps, it’s always the bear that suffers from the fallout – how often do you read about a ‘problem bear’ that had to be removed, or worse, euthanized? The “problem” very likely had a human cause. And that’s not to mention the added risk of losing your food, having your equipment damaged and or having to abort a life-list trip.

by October 18, 2012 0 comments Food, Skills