Rose Peak – 2019

I think that this was the longest day hike I have ever done! There was a hike along part of the PCT that I did when I was in middle school where our trip leaders got lost and we went much further than we planned, but I don’t think that was more than 15 miles,…

Mt. Umunhum- 2019

For the first 6 pack of peaks hike of the year, Karl (fellow ambassador) put together a fun Sunday morning hike. Our group had 5 people, which is a big change from my usual solo hikes! We expected rain but thankfully there was no rain, and while the skies weren’t completely clear, we could see San…

JMT Day 19: The Summit

8/12/2018 Guitar Lake –> Mt. Whitney –> Whitney Portal! I woke up at 1 am, just as I had planned. (Take that, guy who said I’d sleep in!) This was one of the only times that I set an alarm throughout the whole trip. I had heard from many different people that finishing the trip…

JMT Day 18: The Hardest Day Yet

8/11/2018 Shepherd Pass Trail –> Guitar Lake I woke up at 5:30 and ate my breakfast. I took my time drinking my tea, but I was still on the trail by 7:00! I started heading towards Bighorn Plateau but by 7:20 I could tell something was wrong. My stomach was in knots. I stopped to…

JMT Day 17: This Is Where One Step At A Time Will Get You

8/10/2018 Vidette Meadow –> Shepherd Pass Trail I woke up around 5, having to go to the bathroom, but then went back into my tent for the warmth and ended up falling back asleep until 7:30! I stretched a little bit and made some breakfast then got started with my day. It is crazy to…

Day 16: Let Me Tell You About My Favorite Pass

8/9/2018 Suspension Bridge –> Upper Vidette Meadow I woke up early like I planned but I took my time with my breakfast and didn’t end up actually hitting the trail until about 9:30 am. I made my way through the rest of the valley, eager to get to Rae Lakes, as I had heard that…

JMT Day 15: Update – Lakes are Freezing!

8/8/2018 Lake Marjorie –> Suspension Bridge As expected, Justin didn’t actually wake up at 4. He got going around 8am and we said our goodbyes. If we each stuck to our schedules, I knew I probably would not see him again. I had a dehydrated potato-egg-quinoa mixture for breakfast that was a lot better than…

JMT Day 14: New Friends, Old Friends, Wet Boots

8/7/2018 Foot of the Golden Staircase –> Lake Marjorie We woke up around 4:30 and quickly packed up (it was a lot faster for the other guys because they didn’t have a tent to put away!) I had a quick breakfast, some cheerios, and an energy bar and drank some water, then we headed towards…

JMT Day 13: Lions and Tigers and What Now?

8/6/2018 Muir Hut –> Foot of the Golden Staircase We woke up at 4:30 (well, I hid in my sleeping bag until 4:45, then got up). I like to eat in the morning, so I heated up a quick meal and ate. Ramiro and Taylor apparently only eat an energy bar and then have a…

JMT Day 12: Hut Hut…Hike!

8/5/2018 Evolution Meadow –> Muir Hut This morning I woke up pretty early, but Justin didn’t (again). I packed up my stuff and started getting my stuff out for breakfast and putting on my boots when I realized that I would have to take my boots back off in a bit to cross the creek….