A Travellerspoint blog

July 2012

Upward & Onward to Hidden Lake

Hiking to Hidden Lake

Day 3:

We were leaving our camp with packs full to hike to Hidden Lake. A trail would lead to a cutoff just past the stream, then we’d head off up over the hill with no trail (Donner Party?). We were there 12 years ago but could never find our way now.

Since we had to pack up whatever remained we were then the last ones out. The plan formed was that Justin would lead Elias and Charlotte to the lake then Elias and Justin would empty their packs and return while Charlotte would stay behind and guard for bears.

Justin returned with his pack emptied, packed up the trash to go out and stuff not needed for the remainder of the trip, packed it up and started down to the base camp. He would unload everything at the base camp, pick up our cache and return to Hidden Lake.
Elias returned repacked his pack and led us off to the promised lake (land?)

As we hiked I was slowest of course but Sequoia and Lucian needed attention so it was fine. We soon decided that Elias would go on to the lake with Cam’s boys then return for us stragglers. He would leave the tent at the point where we’d leave the trail. We’d either find the tent or Elias at the cutoff.

We did run into several Search & Rescue folks. We asked about the missing person and were told that his body had been found. It appeared that the guy took a wrong turn and instead of heading up the mountain, went down a side trail falling 200’ to his death. Sobering thought.
We made our connection with the tent and Elias, who was running down the hill at the same moment. Now to climb up this hill with no trail and heavy packs and poor Elias carried a third pack for the day.

We’d made a couple of stops to catch our breath when Cam said he had a pebble in his shoe. We stopped while he took off his boot only to find that the sole had split completely thru. That will make for a bad hike down the hill.
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We arrived at the lake and set up camp. While cooking dinner I told Charlotte that Justin should be there at any minute, I’d been starting to watch the time. No sooner than the words were out of my mouth when Justin came around the large rock at our kitchen. Am I a psychic or what?
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Backpacking in Inyo -Day 2

Actually hiking

sunny 70 °F

Day 2 of our trip and we are finally going to hike.

We were supposed to be camping by the Cottonwood Creek but now are just there. Justin left the party before us with his boys and met Elias and Charlotte at a designated stream crossing. Last to leave were Dale and I; we’d stayed behind to clean up camp and pack up all of the things Justin couldn’t get into his pack. IMG_8285.jpg IMG_8288.jpg

As we were packing up several “Search and Rescue” vehicles came into the area, one parking area became a command post with a trailer filled with heavy duty radios. We asked one sheriff about who was missing and he told us a man who’d tried to scale Mt. Langley. As Justin is hoping to scale this Mt. on Saturday I’m a little worried. IMG_8289.jpg

There was some concern as we didn’t know exactly where the camp so in preplan we designated Charlotte and Elias to drop their packs at the new camp and come back to guide us. It was a welcome relief when they returned and even nicer for me when Elias took my pack and ran off up the trail. You think I’m kidding about running? Well he ran! IMG_8290.jpg

The same log was lying across the stream leading to the camp, a little more worn but I walked across It was fun to be back after 12 years. Since it was late afternoon we had to start dinner right away and set up our camp.

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Made the Trailhead

IMG_8281.jpgIMG_8282.jpgSo we are back and it is hard to think about the real world now. Fortunately I wrote while gone otherwise it would be too difficult to go back and piece together this trip. So here it goes:

Unfortunately, starting late in the morning for a trip means a late arrival. So our 1st days plan had to be changed.

We did make it in 3 hours to the ranger station/Visitor Center only to find that we had not confirmed our reservations to hike within the given time frame so that our reservations were canceled at 11a.m., a common occurrence as per the ranger. There were, however, enough open spaces so that we could still hike as planned.

We had to rent bear cans to hold our food when in camp so we parked in the shade and repacked all of our bags in order to carry the bear cans. We were lucky because at the walk-in area at the trailhead bear lockers were available for use as a cache. We only needed to carry up supplies enough for ½ of the trip.

Because it was already 4 p.m. by the time we reached the trailhead we thought it best to camp in the campground then start our hike in the morning. Also it would eliminate a large quantity of food.

After our dinner of Curry Chicken, rice, veges and salad we were all ready for some sleep.

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Finally On the Way to the Sierra's

Driving off to bakepack

sunny 101 °F

IMG_2507.jpgWow, we are finally on the road and true to form only 4 hours late!

So we 1st had Elias and Charlotte divide out the food between the 4 of us, setting stuff by the each of our packs. When Justin came over everything changed; he had a bunch of food and clothes. For awhile we couldn’t even walk on the floor in the living room, it was piled high with bags, food and clothes.

By 2a.m Dale and I had a chance to wash the kitchen floor and then start to gather our stuff. Bed couldn’t come soon enough.

We had hoped to start out at 6a.m. but alas we didn’t wake up until after 8. I looked out the side door and saw Camilo and his boys sleeping in their truck. Cam had been up all night and kids until 4a.m packing.

We need to go first to the Interagency to pick up our permits as they won’t mail them. Then head up to the trail head where there is a parking lot and campground probably a ½ hour drive.

Once we get to the trail head we must unload all of the equipment and food stuff from backpacks and shopping bags. Then we will load all food stuff and personal items with any scent into bear canisters, packing the bear canisters into our packs where the items had been.

We brought frozen chicken and a bunch of fresh food in our Oscar ice chest. We will unload all of the cold food, dry the chest, then repack it with canned foods for Friday and Saturday’s meals and put the lid on to keep any smells inside. As an ice chest cannot be within sight of anything we will keep it on the backseat floor covered with a towel. On Friday morning we will send 2 people back to the truck, packs loaded with trash to go out and then load up with the remaining food.

So Dale is driving while I write, kids are in the back seat resting from a very late night. There will likely be no cell service with which to post blogs or photos so we will see you on Sunday when we return to civilization.

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Backpacking Menus

Food has been decided on and gathered.

IMG_2506.jpgIMG_2507.jpgSo I promised that I’d write a post about menus for our backpacking trip. We’ve had lots of stops and starts and experiments on food and I think that we finally have made our decisions.

As I’ve written before we have several considerations with choosing the foods we will eat. I cannot eat gluten at all and eat several small meals as well, Elias eats a major amount of calories a day, Dale can eat plenty too, and it will be cold so we all will eat more. I have added Pinion nuts to most dinners for this reason.

For breakfasts kids and Dale have chosen various cereals and granolas. We told kids that if they wanted a specific cereal they could have it but they decided to share everything. One morning we will have some pancakes out of the Fat Uncle Pancake Mix. I will eat eggs as cereals leave me too quickly.

Snacks are almonds, dried mangos, apricots, apples, pineapples, raisins, beef jerky and almond butter cookies that Charlotte made this afternoon.
On Tuesday we have fresh hummus, celery, rice crackers, sourdough bread, cheese and salami. The remaining days we will have salami, cheese, crackers and bread, hummus made from freeze dried, and a chicken salad one day.
For dinners:

Tuesday: we will carry in chicken thighs frozen until we leave. We will make Chicken Curry over rice with fresh carrots with a few pinion nuts added.
Wednesday: gluten free pasta with sauce made from sautéed onions and garlic, a little red wine to deglaze the pan, diced canned tomatoes, fresh oregano thyme basil, and pinion nuts.

Thurs: Warm Quinoa Salad; quinoa, artichoke hearts, canned garbanzo beans, pinion nuts and sun dried tomatoes
Friday: Salmon Shepherd’s Pie; a layer of carrots and canned corn, then a layer of canned salmon, then a heap of mashed potatoes, the instant kind.

Saturday: Canned pinto beans and corn over rice with fresh chilies.

We decided that instead of waiting for Monday afternoon to shop we’d start today and we are so glad that we did. We did find that we had a miscommunication so didn’t’ get the rice and did forget a couple of things that we can pick up tomorrow with no problem.
We were gone for hours and there is no way we could have gotten everything done tomorrow without going off the deep end.

Everything is being gathered in our living room now ready to assembly tomorrow.

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