I’m hiking a few hundred miles again, in the mountains, whatever.

Last year was my first hundred-mile (160 km) hike, and it seemed like a big deal at the time. But by now that I have done two continuous 400+ mile hikes, it no longer feels like such a big deal.

And I’m doing it again.

Right now, I have a permit to go from Etna, California, to Tuolumne Meadows, California. That is more than 600 miles. I would like to go further south, but in order to do so (legally) I would need to get a John Muir Trail permit at Tuolumne Meadows, which may or may not happen. And a John Muir Trail permit would only get me as far as Mount Whitney, and while when I was planning this trip I was hoping to get as far as Walker Pass … in some ways, it would be better to end at Mount Whitney (it is much more epic/symbolic than Walker Pass) and in some ways it would be better to end at Walker Pass (public transportation), but right now I’m leaning towards ending at Mount Whitney.

For those of you who are not familiar with California geography, I’m going to spell it out – I am finally going to be hiking in the Sierra Nevada.

You see, I grew up in California, and backpacking/hiking has somehow become one my major hobbies, yet I have never hiked in the Sierra Nevada before (unlike you count my aborted hike at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada. Even though I know a zillion people get excited about hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains, for some reason, I am strangely chill about it. Maybe it is because I grew up within a few hours drive of the Sierra Nevada (even if I rarely visited), maybe the fact that everyone else gets so excited makes it harder for me to get excited, I don’t know. But I think it is a good thing not to try to get my expectations too high.

Since I am planning to hike 600-900 miles (depending on permits/itinerary), I think I will want a break. The most logical place to take a break would be Donner Pass, because that has the best transit connections. I could just return to San Francisco for my break, or I could simply go somewhere else. Right now, I am leaning towards visited Utah for a few days to break up my hike, since taking a train from the Donner Pass area to Salt Lake City would be fairly straightforward.

I was almost hoping I could complete all parts of the Pacific Crest Trail I have yet to hike this year. It now looks like that is not going to happen, and I’m okay with that. I’ve already done a good chunk of the PCT this year, and if I complete this chunk, then I will have hiked most of the California PCT, leaving only a few small bits of the California PCT and the Oregon PCT for me to hike next year.

What this means for this blog is that I have a whole bunch of canned posts coming up, so this blog will continue to update on a weekly basis while I am away from the internet. However, I will probably be very slow to respond to comments during the next few months.

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8 thoughts on “I’m hiking a few hundred miles again, in the mountains, whatever.

  1. I hope you have a fantastic time even if you aren’t super excited. The Sierras on my list of the PCT to do in California (I’m done with WA and OR). I’m looking forward to your posts!

    • I’m ‘done’ with WA too. Overall, I think it’s good that I’m looking forward to this in a calm way rather than an excited way – first of all, calm hikers make fewer mistakes than excited hikers, and second, it’s a lot easier to sustain this attitude for the long haul.

  2. Oo very exciting! While it’s so far outside of anything I’d ever want to do myself (Just last week I was commenting that I hate hiking lmao), I love that you share this all with us on your blog and find all the details fascinating. When do you leave?

    • I am leaving in the near future (even though I don’t think anybody is stalking me, I’m going to be vague about dates just to be on the safe side).

      If you want to do a long-distance hike while sitting at your computer (or using a smartphone) I recently discovered the AT Thru hike game online – http://atthruhike.com/ – though some aspects of the game are very unrealistic (no, blisters are not going to kill you, they might make you wish you were dead, but they won’t kill you).

      • Lol I know how painful blisters can be mainly because of lots of experience getting them after Ice skating in ill fitting rentals as a kid but… Yeah… What would you have to do to end up dying from them?? XD I also just recently finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy for the first time and I do think dying from blisters could’ve been a possibility in that series, during the games… Lol…

        I might comment while you’re gonna on a few posts of yours or old replies to a comment of yours on my own blog. I will try to do it soon so maybe I will beat you to leaving for your hike but if instead it takes a long time for you to see them it doesn’t matter. I just have been doing more reading of books with ace characters so.. I have a lot of thoughts, some of which are reactions to memories of what I read from you ages before I got to reading these books…

      • I’ve only read the first Hunger Games book (and seen none of the movies). I doubt the people who designed the games would have developed deadly blisters because that is not a particularly cinematic/dramatic/”entertaining” way for someone to die.

        I look forward to your thoughts on ace characters in fiction, even if there is a time delay before I can see them.

      • I started watching the first movie in the series tonight instead of getting to all my commenting on ace blogs I’ve been hoping to do… Lol. I’ll definitely update you on my ace fiction thoughts. πŸ™‚

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