California, Hiking Cali: Yosemite, Big Sur + Beyond

[Into The Wild: Camping in Yosemite]

May 18, 2015

Being about a week into my living in the bay area, it only made sense to take a long camping trip into the wilderness, shirking my unpacking responsibilities. I wish I regretted it but I simply don’t. My coworker slash friend Manny has been working in San Francisco for the past few months and as two more joined our group we had our team of backpackers. Ellie flew in from New Yorker and booked us a campsite…four miles from where we parked our car. As it happens this mistake was the best thing that could have happened to us as our base camp out turned into a full on trek.

We made our way through Curry Village, stopping for our last hot meal and a supply check then drove up to Glacier Point, ready to hike four miles south into the Valley.

Packingup all the snacks

Packing up all the snacks

Goodbye Glacier Point, see you tomorrow

Goodbye Glacier Point, see you tomorrow

Time to start the long hike down

Time to start the long hike down

No complaints here

No complaints here

Things got a little rocky

Things got a little rocky

Good thing we have friends

Good thing we have friends

Along the way we found an inlet with a small beach and freezing cold snow melt water that the boys jumped into for a mini polar bear swim. Jen and I sunbathed, also a good decision.

 

The climb down...

The climb down…

A look back at Jen who was still a tiny dot on the hill

A look back at Jen who was still a tiny dot on the hill

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Group photo!

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They look calm, but it’s really cold.

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Time to climb back up

We continued on, at this point our two tents, mats and bear container filled with food slowing us down but the thought of a fire pit and cinnamon blueberry bread sounded too good to stop.

Ready to set up camp!

Ready to set up camp!

Found a giant pinecone **yes I was already very tired

Found a giant pinecone **yes I was already very tired

Getting some water

Getting some water

We got some clean water thanks to Manny’s life saving water pump and then quickly moved on to eating the way too many snacks we brought while starting up a campfire. After several mishaps I put my headlamp on the right way and had it to find firewood until we fell asleep.

It looks like Jen is standing guard for Ellie

It looks like Jen is standing guard for Ellie

Hammock Life

Hammock Life

Things getting a bit cold

Things getting a bit cold

 

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Duration of fire: 5 hours.

We looked pretty awesome

We looked pretty awesome

Officially ready for the night, headlamps and all

Officially ready for the night, headlamps and all

We made the unfortunate decision to sleep with our tent uncovered and thus woke up to the brutal reality that we were freezing. What seemed like a great way to view the stars at night was a clear morning mistake. On the plus side. No bears. We made our way home and promptly rewarded ourselves with ice creams and gatorades. Job well done all, job well done.

Over the river and through the woods

Over the river and through the woods

to Glacier Point we go

….to Glacier Point we go

Quick stop for a Manny photo

Quick stop for a Manny photo

And one last group shot

And one last group shot

Goodbye for now Yosemite!

Goodbye for now Yosemite!

Last but not least here are my takeaways from our romp in the woods:

1) You do not need three bread loaves, especially if one of you is carrying a 20lb bear container

2) There are bears in Yosemite. Don’t run away, instead counter intuitively turn around and roar. This seems much easier in theory than in practice

3) Always bring blueberry cinnamon bread.

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