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... When we got home everyone wanted to know if the people had seen Old Faithful. No matter what else you may tell them about the trip and the park, all they will know is that you failed to see what really mattered. You will see much of what really matters about Yosemite. You and 1,000 of your closest friends will climb Half Dome, and it will be the trip of a lifetime for most of them, as it should be. You will spend ten days in the heart of what just might be the most spectacular place on the planet. The rest of us should be so lucky.Just give us a report when you get home.
SAT JUL 12 - finish hike up the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, refueling, recharging batteries, and resupplying at Tuolumne Meadows. Continue up Lyell Canyon to the junction with the trail to Vogelsang and Ireland Lake and camp there. QUESTION: What are the odds of snagging a site at TM camp (or backpacker camp if there is one) on a Saturday if I decide refueling, recharging, and resupplying might take awhile?
A little wrinkle has popped up with the park's campground opening date estimates. Tuolumne Meadows campground is not projected to open until July 15 -- 3 days after I pass through the area. This by itself is not an issue, since I'm not planning on camping there. But it may mean the camp store won't be open, so resupplying might be jeopardized. I may end up having to carry all 10 days' worth of food when I hit the trail.
camping options between Pate Valley and just west of Glen Aulin. Will I find a suitable site in the area I'm aiming for?
Thanks Matt, looks like they had a great trip. I've been working on elevation profiles. It looks like my current route has about 22,000 feet of elevation gain and 26,000 feet of elevation loss, and ranges from 4,300 feet in Pate Valley to over 10,600 feet in the high Sierra. There are three days with 3,000+ foot elevation losses! The last day loses over 5,000 feet. On at least six days, I will gain enough elevation to go from the Basin trailhead to the top of Emory Peak. At least I won't be carrying gallons of water at a time.
Wow.When you break it down that way it becomes a bit more intimidating. What a fantastic hike.
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