I am just back from having a hard but fun backpack with Melissa and Jen. Ray drove us up to the PCT trailhead on Hwy 74 Thursday late afternoon. We hiked in 2.5 miles and camped.
The next morning we began the first of 3 days of non-trained backpacker hiking (meaning we only did 12+ miles each day). Every year I wonder if this is the year I won’t be able to backpack anymore. Usually I am trained when I think/say this to myself and anyone else who will listen. But for this backpack, I wasn’t trained. And I worried. I’ll never be able to do the longer mileage I used to backpack but I found out I can still carry a heavy backpack on some pretty tough trail.
Thanks to Jen and Melissa for getting me out “there”. Hope you enjoy a few of the photos I shot. I still haven’t uploaded the second card.
L-R Jen’s pack, Melissa’s and my pack.
Camera self timers and fill in on camera flash allowed us to get our only group photo.
Our sunset the second night out at Fobes Saddle.
Melissa found this boulder and knew it would make for a good morning shadow shot.
Hiking up the trail from our camp at Fobes Saddle we stopped often to shoot the rising sun.
All backpackers know how hard a backpack it is heading north from Fobes Saddle. I have backpacked the San Jacinto range a number of times. I forgot I said I’d never do the SJ’s again. This second full day of backpacking was brutal and had it not been for some cloud cover throughout the day we would have had a real problem with the heat. Thanks Jen for taking this shot of me pretending to be doing great:-)
Jen and Melissa taking in the view while taking some breaths without walking.
The footing on tiny trail tread makes us pay lots of attention. None of us fell, which for me is a first. I always have some miss step take me down.
I believe this photo was taken as we were passing Apache Peak.
This morning while backpacking the 1000 foot climb from Saddle Junction, we found ways to take the ascent easy. Jen was willing to indulge me in some morning shots.