1.5 miles high (Yosemite, JMT)

Trip Start Jun 27, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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What I did
Yosemite Valley Yosemite National Park
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , California
Thursday, July 11, 2013

After spending the night in Sacramento, the group hopped on a short train and a bus before finally finishing the long trip in the heart of Yosemite. As we drove in to the valley I was in awe. The granite walls and mountains that surrounded us were both strong and beautiful. We saw half dome, the mountain structure I've been wearing on my hat for the past 4 months, and I knew I was finally here.
When I stepped out from the bus, Yosemite falls came into view. It looked like a little baby water fall falling of a cliff and slowly turning to mist! My awe quickly changed to being overwhelmed. How was I supposed to see all the sights, What parts were cooler than others, and how should I spend my time! This feeling stayed, but every now and then I would look up and for a few second just be in pure awe again.
After we got mildly organized we all went down to the river, and swam for a bit. Caleb, Oriana, and I all jumped off the bridge, though it took me the most courage to finally do it. As we walked back, we noticed a deer off to the side of the trail with 2 new born babies just learning how to walk. It was quite a sight, but we weren't really sure what to do when one of the babies walked right up to our feet. It was a beautiful sight, but at the same time we all thought should we really be training this little one that humans are friendly?!!!!?
We took a long scenic bus ride to our campsite and hung out for the night, thus ending day 1 in Yosemite.

Quotes from 2 days in Yosemite

Caleb " if I die today, tell every girl that said they like me, that my last words were I love you"

DJ " I don't get why every body sees nature as being so spiritual, it's more of a sexual thing for me"

Alan " Is that table on fire". (it was)

So we came to Yosemite for a single purpose, to thru hike the John Muir Trail (JMT). Yosemite valley to Mt. Whitney! But because our wilderness permits didn't allow us to start at the beginning of the Jmt, the boys of the group decided that we would use day 2 in Yosemite to day hike the first section of the trail.

Here is the story of 3 boyish men and there adventure that spanned 14 hours of hiking, 6,000 ft. And according to some signs 20, and others 30 miles. That ended with only a light and a lighter.
The day started at 7 in the morning. Alan, Caleb an I slowly got out of our tents, and shivering, packed up a ten pound bag. After a quick breakfast we started walking to the road.

This would be the first time that 2 out of the 3 of us would hitchhike! We were camped about 2 hours from the start of the trail. The bus that could take us to the valley wouldn't leave until 10, so hitching would be our only option.

Before we even got out of the campground I saw a guy about to get into his car and yelled out " aye , you headed to the valley? Do you have any extra room?" and Alan had a ride! 1 down two to go.

Caleb and I continued of to the road to smile and stick out our thumbs. After about 30 minutes and maybe 30 cars, a young Switz man in his late 20s stopped and had an empty car. We were on our way. During the car ride we talked about the park, music, and many other short lived topics, but it went pretty well.
When we were about half way to the valley we noticed the sign for toueloume grove, an area that has giant sequoia trees. We turned off the road and took a bit of a detour. Toueloume grove was one of the things that I really wanted to see, but didn't think I would so I was super pumped.

After the detour we headed on to the valley to say our thanks and goodbyes. Caleb and i went looking for Alan, who according to him had "been twiddling his thumbs for an hour and a half" and we were on the trail by noon.

We started off in high spirits, crusin our way past the common tourists and up the mountain. Up and up we went, climbing the beautiful granite walls. The scenery getting more and more majestic as we went. After about an hour and a half we made it to the top of the rocks overlooking the valley, and arrived at Nevada falls. We stopped, ate lunch (peanut butter tortillas and a giant stick of pepperoni), filled up water bottles all while sitting on a beautiful overlook of everything we had walked up. From there our walk continued, altitude increasing as we went.
We passed a sign that said 17 miles to go. Another half hour went by, we passed a sign that said 18 miles to go! WTF!! Obviously the signs weren't gonna be any help on the trip.
We passed half dome and the exhaustion started to hit. The ait was thinning. We had been climbing for 5 hours and had gone up 6000 Ft. Putting us at a total of 10,000 Ft., and yet we pressed on as day light wore down. 12 miles down 12ish to go...? We weren't really sure.
A ranger told us there was a chance of rain, and when she asked about our gear, we lied and said we had rain jackets. Not long after it started to sprinkle, I started to get seriously scared. We were 8 miles from any road the sun would be setting soon, and we were nearly 2 miles high, meaning it was about 50 degrees and dropping... We could turn out to be totally screw!
There were good things going on to though. The scenery was magnificent. Mountains were sprouting up everywhere I looked, and the water was perfectly clear. The forest seemed like everything I would imagine a forest to be. It had big strong conifer trees, with beautiful bark. All this making the walk feel not just hard, but also AWEsome.
The sun went down at nine, about 18 miles into our walk. We pulled out our one flashlight, and slowed our pace. We still had about 5ish miles to go the sign said, but we weren't fully sure. Luckily the sprinkle never picked up lowering the countless ways we could possibly die by one.
We walked slowly very close together and started to turn into exhausted zombies. Alan who had the light kept pointing out rocks and cursing as he stumbled, while caleb and I stumbled our way behind, mouths shut to tired to speak. Caleb pulled out his lighter and sparked it for alittle extra light every now and then. We were in the middle of pitch dark woods.
We continued down the hill and when 11 o'clock hit we were sure we were close...,. At 12 am we we were getting pissed off, and by 1 am we had completed our transformation into zombie mode.
When we finally hit a road, we realized we were still a mile away from the camp ground. We walked 20 minutes, then started to freak out... We're we going the right way??? We finally arrived at our campground only to get lost and wonder around Another half hour!
At 2am we hugged , and collapsed into our tents and passed out. Thus completing the first 25ish miles of the Jmt that we wouldnt have otherwise vern able to do. John muir would be proud... Maybe

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Charlotte on

Caleb " if I die today, tell every girl that said they like me, that my last words were I love you"

wowwwwww, Caleb you are a penis.

I hope you are all doing well. Use THE SECRET and think yourselves up some good weather.

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