PCT Onion Valley to Below Kearsage Pass - June 24, 2011
Onion Valley Trailhead to Kearsarge Lakes (at least that is the plan)
8 miles

To Travel is better than to arrive… what happens along the way is what matters…it is the journey not the destination.
~from the movie “Step Up 3″

Saddle up your horses, we’ve got a trail to blaze. Yep, the packs are fully loaded and bulging with crampons, bear canisters, ice axes, gaiters, misc. extra gear, and 8 days of food. They are weighing in at a whopping 35, 35, and 31 pounds complete with 2 liters of water. The base weight (without water and food) for the guys with all the extra gear is 20 pounds and Rockin’s is 15 (I have the advantage of last minute ultralight purchases).

The plan today is to shuttle cars from Red’s to Onion Valley trail head, then start hiking in the afternoon until dusk. I am feeling super excited and glad all the months of preparation are now behind. Cell service is non existent in the high Sierras, so that means the next post will be in about 7 days when we resupply at Vermillion Valley Resort on the western side of the Sierra. Thanks again for reading and blazing the trail right along with me.
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