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Cat & Ronny's Excellent Adventure - California, United States

by hillclimber  
with a Garmin eTrex Vista HCx
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This was planned to be an extremely strenuous trip into the remote Kaweah basin. It evolved into a strenuous adventure near Mineral King in Sequoia National Park, with some extreme weather (anticipated) which made for a most memorable trip-and no other people seen over the course of 4 days. The wonderful terrain-for hiking and viewing- was made even more so by the ultra-clear air, the new snow, and especially by the very cold conditions, which permitted us to hike with many layers of clothing and full packs without getting too warm. Tally: 3 large climbs, well built trails, plenty of hydration opportunities, great views.
Like all trips out of Mineral King, this starts with a serious , rapid, gain of elevation, with a loaded pack. It is made even more enjoyable on this route because once Monarch Lake below Sawtooth Peak is reached, the maintained trail ends, it steepens dramatically, and the slopes are sandy, so each uphill step seems to include some backsliding. Since this section isn\'t maintained there exist a multitude of possible paths one can choose from.
mineral king, sequoia national park, Southern Sierra, mt. Whitney, The Kaweahs, lakes, passes
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Comments (4)
I enjoyed viewing your trip. So different from the country around Melbourne.
by marzon on Dec 28, 2008
I could only dream about a hike like this one! Absolutely stunning beyond belief! Everywhere was so incredibly rugged, slippery, very steep! I am from Missouri but have backpacked in Colorado several times; this place is fantastic! I would love to know about your equipment, clothes food too! You were so well prepared! You both should be very proud of this trip!
by pitchforkpaul1 on Nov 26, 2008
Wow! Stunning! I\'ve been on the first few miles of this one, You tackled some pretty serious elevation gain/loss on this trip. Kudos. Just to add to Joost\'s comment, people would be surprised at how amazing the Sequoia NP backcountry is. It\'ll blow ones mind!
by Blazer on Oct 23, 2008
another great adventure! it looks very remote and wild over there. great photos, too.
by joost on Oct 21, 2008
Trip Info
October 10, 2008
Trip Location: Mineral King, California, United States
Length: 28 miles
Duration: 4 days
Activity: Backpacking
Trip viewed 4,744 times
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