So those of you that are friends with me on facebook or instagram know that I like to hike and back pack - a lot.
You may remember me posting here to find someone to go backpacking with on part of the High Sierra Trail around the end of July. Chris Lau saw my post on here and wasn't yet a member of NCLR so he couldn't reply. He did however manage to contact me on Defender Source and he was initially going to go with me on that trip at the end up July until he realized that he had a schedule conflict. Cest la vie. I tried to re-schedule for mid August, but alas Chris wasn't available due to doing a car camping trip in Sequoia that weekend. My wife's cousin was going to go with on that re-scheduled trip. Until he gave himself a hernia the week before at church camp throwing his son up in the air and catching him. Rescheduled trip was now off the table for this year. Oh well, I went and did a 24 mile loop to the top of San Gorgonio down here in Socal as a day hike for a consolation prize.
I wanted to get one last trip in before the weather gets all wonky and multi day trips to the high country are out of the question. I had been plotting a couple of trips to bag a few of the 14er's in the general vicinity of Mt. Whitney. I started to look at things and researched quite a bit and found a way I could combine two of those trips with a little bit of going off trail and make one epic peak bagging adventure. The trip would consist of summiting five 14,000' peaks and two 13,9XX' peaks over the course of 33ish miles with 20,000' of elevation gain overall. The peaks in order are:
- Mount Tyndall - 14,019'
- Mount Williamson - 14,373'
- Trojan Peak - 13,947'
- Mount Barnard - 13,990'
- Mount Russell - 14,088'
- Mount Whitney - 14,495'
- Mount Muir - 14,012'
I proposed the idea to Chris to see if it would be something he would be interested in doing. He took a look at things and decided he was game. I did more research, read a whole boat load of trip reports and talked to a few people I know that had been up in that neck of the woods doing bits and pieces of our proposed route. I had a solid plan, and the last weekend of Sept worked out best both schedule wise and weather wise so we put the trip on the books.
Well, the last weekend of the month is upon us and Chris and I will be meeting up in Lone Pine to start our trip tomorrow. Here's a link to the route we're planning on taking: http://caltopo.com/m/PRQL For anyone that wants to see how we're progressing I'll have my spot on during the day leaving a breadcrumb trail. Here's the link to my Spot page: Jake's Spot
I'll post up when we get back on the grid next week and let you guys know how it went. If I can get a cell signal while on top of some of the peaks I may try to post a pic on Instagram, just because