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    • Day 5

      We found a guy listed on the US forest service website that provides hiker transportation. $70 got us a ride from Shepherd pass trailhead to Onion Valley. From there we collected the other car at Whitney Portal.

      It was a remarkable trip. We went 48 hours without a single another person, and we saw 5 other people on our whole journey. We found solitude.

      I could barely walk. My calves and quads were aching. The switchbacks the day before were killer. Here's our actual GPS tracks:

    • i trek out of lodgepole campground a lot, it is a hike out from there over panther pass, i usually head towards lion lake past tamarack, and on to triple divide peak.

      nice work on getting forester pass, thats a LOT of work due to the elevation, most people will never see that !

      yeah snow, lol nothing like a little walk through the park.

      but i'm certain you can lose at least 20 pounds off your pack and still be fine, the lost weight would mean the world in terms of lugging it over 13K+ peaks.

      my current gear list is about 21 pounds before food, i end up right around 28-30 pounds fully loaded, here's my gear list from a CO trip this year :

      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1frPMOAa5-n7DcMwPylfLMbXvGNnc1ala7x6M5cLpQw8/edit#gid=0

      nice photos, epic trip, gotta love SEKI in snowtember :)

    • Nice gear list! This inspires me to get rid of some of my heavier stuff.

      Yeah, 50lb pack and worn weight was killer, especially on my 155 lb frame. I'm glad I brought 2 sleeping bags for the 0-degree night and a 3 season tent. In the summer, my weight with food is usually in the 30 lbs range.

      Having starred at the epic peaks of the western side of the Kern river drainage I think my next trip will be to your area. I just can't get over how beautiful the triple divide ridge line is. And it's a shorter drive to those trailheads since I live in San Jose.

    • you'd love the western side :)

      i always bring a north face down 0 degree bag, when it's as cold on a trip as yours, i'd wrap it with a bivy and be sleeping in my clothes most likely.

      dual purposing equipment is one of the best ways to shed weight, along with dropping heavy items ... i have a simple rule, each time i return i evaluate every item i didn't touch the entire trip and ask if its essential.

      from there i categorize by season, and sometimes i've been cold (not life threatening, but definitely miserable).

      as i've aged, i've become accustomed to bringing an extra jacket, but most times its a security blanket rather than a necessity.

      but as you well mention, it only takes one mistake to truly mess things up.

      really enjoyed your photos, jeff #happytrails

    • Beautiful photo. I absolutely love travel, and I am so excited for what Cake can do to help compartmentalize the travel discussions. Lots of possibilities here that don't exist in other social channels, and I can't wait to see where the conversation goes!

    • Great progress thread/posts like these are why I would like to be able to stop any comments on a post until the story is done to allow for a really nice transition in the day to day posts. Then the comments and questions happen. Doesn't work for all posts and stories as some want interaction between posts but a good option to have. I don't see a way to do that.

    • Wish I could have joined, I have always wanted to backpack deep into the Sequoia back country. It seems to me that every time I venture into the Sierra's the weather is never as expected and always seems to be a lot colder than forecasted. But I find this to be one of the most alluring parts of the Sierra's. The fact that due to the ever changing circumstances and conditions in the Sierra's makes it so that not every person and not everyday you can make it to the summit, over a pass, or to the campsite. And the times that you don't make it make for the greatest adventures and stories. These so called 'unsuccessful' adventures make the successful ones ever more sweet.

    • There is nowhere like the Sierra of California in North America. It has a special place in my heart. It's the only region of vast uninterrupted alpine land. There are thousands of square miles of lakes and plateaus above the treeline. Other ranges, like the Rockies, have many tall peaks but not as much concentrated high country.

    • I had that same thought. If you could start a conversation as a panel and then later change it to a normal conversation so everyone else could comment, I think that could be a useful feature.

    • Thanks! Had to come back to look at the photos myself. I miss the adventure already.

      I forgot to share this photo @xelanil shot. It's our mountain shadow as we descended from Shepherd Pass on the last night.