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Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary

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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2008, 09:10:38 PM »
102.5 ounces (6 pounds, 6.5 ounces) ! That'll mess with your base weight, won't it?
I imagine the opportunity to drop about 4.5 pounds from your pack has to be tempting.
Especially when you consider the info you posted earlier:


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.  :icon_eek:

That is a considerable amount of loss and gain to be carrying an extra 4.5 pounds around.
I would imagine it will be quite noticable after 100+ miles as well.
Then there is the question of food resupply. If you can't find a resupply and you are carrying all of your food
is that going to play a role in your decision on the the camera?

Matt
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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2008, 11:35:24 PM »
hey, didn't Moses and Jesus and that guy that walked across the Sahara have less on their back?   Except maybe Jesus.


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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2008, 09:45:32 AM »
102.5 ounces (6 pounds, 6.5 ounces) ! That'll mess with your base weight, won't it?
I imagine the opportunity to drop about 4.5 pounds from your pack has to be tempting.
Especially when you consider the info you posted earlier:


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.  :icon_eek:

That is a considerable amount of loss and gain to be carrying an extra 4.5 pounds around.
I would imagine it will be quite noticable after 100+ miles as well.
Then there is the question of food resupply. If you can't find a resupply and you are carrying all of your food
is that going to play a role in your decision on the the camera?

Matt


When you run out of food you could always eat the camera :willynilly:
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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2008, 11:56:34 AM »
Hey Jeff,

I'm sure you already know this, but NPS requires that you carry a bear-proof food canister out there.  On the upside, the canisters do make for a nice outback table or chair.  Don't know for sure, but I'd guess that mosquitos will be at their peak durring your trip.  Do not underestimate how bad they can be.  Based on my experience at Kings Canyon, repellent is not sufficient.  Long sleeves, light gloves, long pants and a head net should be carried.

Just my 2 cents.  You can pay me back later.

B

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« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2008, 09:15:10 AM »
I'm off! 2 days of dayhiking followed by 10 days of backpacking. Anyone interested can track the trips progress on my homepage. Using Twitter and Flickr, I'll be posting updates when I find a cell signal. Catch y'all when I get off the trail!
Jeff Blaylock
Austin, Texas

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splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey

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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2008, 10:33:10 AM »
 :eusa_drool:

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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #21 on: July 05, 2008, 11:55:21 AM »
Buena Suerte y Vaya con Dios, Jeff !!
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2008, 02:56:39 PM »
WELL ALRIIGHT!

watch out for bears.  if you get tired, stop and rest.  if you get hungry, eat something.  try to enjoy the scenery, if you can.

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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2008, 03:58:44 PM »
This cartoon seemed appropriate for a trip into bear country.

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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #24 on: July 06, 2008, 10:05:47 PM »
How's bout 1 more..... :icon_wink:



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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #25 on: July 21, 2008, 05:00:33 PM »
WELL ALRIIGHT!

watch out for bears.  if you get tired, stop and rest.  if you get hungry, eat something.  try to enjoy the scenery, if you can.



Just four bears. One solo, three together. The solo was a yearling along a trail to the Sunrise Lakes. He scampered off the trail as I approached. The other three made for a really cool encounter on my last day on the trail. As I was hiking down from Little Yosemite Valley, I heard the unmistakable sound of a bear tearing apart a downed tree. I looked below the switchback and saw a mother teaching her two cubs -- one golden red, the other chocolate -- how to hunt for grubs/ants. I shuffled my feet so she would know I was there. She looked up at me and returned to her bear business. The cubs were really cute digging in to the log. After watching them a moment, I continued my descent. Down a switchback or two, the three crossed the trail right in front of me. And, yes, Homero, I got some photos. They are somewhere in all those memory cards.
Jeff Blaylock
Austin, Texas

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splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey

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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #26 on: July 21, 2008, 05:09:01 PM »
. And, yes, Homero, I got some photos. They are somewhere in all those memory cards.

 I'm gonna shut up,again, grab my Corona Light and head over to home to enjoy this one. If all of you should need me, you know where to get me.....shhh!!!. The show is about to start...lights out! :eusa_shhh:

My 2900 post!
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #27 on: July 21, 2008, 06:51:08 PM »
. And, yes, Homero, I got some photos. They are somewhere in all those memory cards.

 I'm gonna shut up,again, grab my Corona Light and head over to home to enjoy this one. If all of you should need me, you know where to get me.....shhh!!!. The show is about to start...lights out! :eusa_shhh:

My 2900 post!

Homero, turns out I took exactly 1,500 photos and 10 movies. The show may get off to a slow start, but I think you will enjoy it.

For now, here's a teaser: me atop Half Dome.

Jeff Blaylock
Austin, Texas

"We'll be back, someday soon. We will return, someday, and when we do the gritty
splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey

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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #28 on: July 21, 2008, 06:55:21 PM »
. And, yes, Homero, I got some photos. They are somewhere in all those memory cards.

 I'm gonna shut up,again, grab my Corona Light and head over to home to enjoy this one. If all of you should need me, you know where to get me.....shhh!!!. The show is about to start...lights out! :eusa_shhh:

My 2900 post!

Homero, turns out I took exactly 1,500 photos and 10 movies. The show may get off to a slow start, but I think you will enjoy it.

For now, here's a teaser: me atop Half Dome.




WOWZA! Are you sure that's not Brazil? :icon_wink: What an amazing shot! :eusa_clap:

Can't wait to hear and see the rest. I know, 10 photos are for us and the 1495 are for Homero? :rolling:

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Re: Yosemite in July - 10-day Backpack Itinerary
« Reply #29 on: July 21, 2008, 07:14:26 PM »
One more teaser. This is the only way up to where the previous photo was taken:



This is the view from the bottom of the infamous Half Dome cables, looking straight up. The cable route covers most of the last 500 feet of elevation needed to gain the broad summit.
Jeff Blaylock
Austin, Texas

"We'll be back, someday soon. We will return, someday, and when we do the gritty
splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey

 


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