Category Archives: North America

Pre-Trip Anxiety

Tomorrow, Sam (of the High Sierra Trail trip) and I fly out to Montana to do a six day backpacking trip with my friend from law school, Mary. Things I am worried about right now: One or more of our … Continue reading

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On Buses and Language

17 August – Partially written on the bus to Merida Oi, yesterday was exhausting. I got my airfare, my breakfast, my shuttle to the ADO bus station in Cancun, my bus ticket, and negotiated myself to my hostel (Donde es? … Continue reading

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High Sierra Trail: The Day of Endless Switchbacks

Day 6: Guitar Lake to Whitney Portal Mileage: 15.6 miles Max elevation: 14,505 ft Elevation at Guitar Lake: 11,460 ft Elevation at Whitney Portal: 8,010 ft My watch went off at 4am. We got off the trail at 6:30pm and … Continue reading

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High Sierra Trail: Up and Up and Up

Day 5: Junction Meadow to Guitar Lake Mileage: 12.4 miles Max elevation: 11,460 ft (Guitar Lake) Elevation gain: 3,380 ft I got so much better at reading a map on this trip out of simple necessity, but even before that, … Continue reading

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A Stomach and Foot in Mexico City

A break from our scheduled posts for Day 5 and 6 of the High Sierra Trail because I’m in Mexico guys, and have been for a few days now. I had hoped to write those trail posts on the trail … Continue reading

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High Sierra Trail: Roughing it in the Hot Springs

Day Three and Four (August 6 & August 7) Day 3 – Big Arroyo to Upper Funston Meadow via Moraine Lake Mileage: 12.8 Peak Elevation Gain: 705 ft Camp Elevation: 6,730 ft Day 4 – Upper Funston to Junction Meadow … Continue reading

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High Sierra Trail: The Prettiest Poo

Day Two: Bearpaw Meadow to Big Arroyo Junction Mileage: 11.1 Peak elevation: 10,700 (Kaweah Gap) Peak elevation gain: 2,880 Camp elevation: 9,560 In retrospect, this was one of the hardest days and one of my favorites. Don’t let the mileage … Continue reading

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