Note! A revision to this page and a more detailed description of the trip (with images) is forthcoming! This will have to tide you over until mid-August, however, as other events intervene in the telling of the tale. You can also expect some time to pass before other web pages (like the 'hardest hike / best passes' pages) get my attention!
The 2002 tour of the Sierrra Nevada is now complete! While it can be called a success - in fact an amazing and spectacular success - it can also be called a quite amazingly bad plan implemented spectacularly. It required too many daily miles, too much risky cross-country travel, and generally required exceptional effort from talented people to make it work. It was a tough schedule that would tax us to our personal limits on a journey expected to take eight days.
We made it in seven.
|Day 1||up Bloody Canyon to lower Sardine Lake||4||0|
|Day 2||over Mono Pass & Kuna Crest to 11000' camp||2||5|
|Day 3||over Lost Lakes Pass to Rush Creek Trail, JMT, Thousand Island Lake||3||6|
|Day 4||over Lake Catherine Pass to Twin Island Lakes||0||5|
|Day 5||over Blue Lake Pass to Foerster Creek||0||8|
|Day 6||overlook of Lyell Fork Merced, then Isberg & Lewis Creek trails to Merced Lake||7||1|
|Day 7||endlessly downhill to car in Yosemite Valley||15||0|
Cleraly there's plenty more to be said about this huge trip - and it will be, as soon as I have time to compose a more thorough narrative.
A few quick pics, courtesy of my Canon ZR25 (camcorder) and its still-picture mode, which captures shots onto a tiny SD chip! These are cropped but only a few have been retouched. This is the first trip for this camera, and it did as well under the circumstances as any of us!
view south from Lost Lakes Pass, day three
Mt. Banner at sunrise from Camp Three
lower Twin Island Lake from route to upper lake, day four
upper Bench Valley, day five
Scott, Larry, sharp Mt. Ansel Adams and Lyell Fork Merced valley, day six
lower Fletcher Creek from above Merced Lake, say six
Liberty Cap and Nevada Fall, day seven