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That Time Again

Postby RoguePhotonic » Thu May 31, 2012 1:10 pm

Tomorrow I once again set out to wander the Sierra and like every year before it's bigger and longer. If all goes well this will be a total trip of 140 days or more.

Will I make it back alive again? Who can say. But I found a notation in my journal from a few years ago probably detailing my first major trek into the wild and it's just as fitting this time around:

"If at some point on this journey into the heart and soul through the surrounding great uncertainty and unknown I lose my life I hope that no one views this fate as failure to whatever end, for I do not. I took the step that so few are brave enough to take, I embraced the journey, I lived the adventure, and for what little life society offered me I know I have found greater life else where and I have no regrets!"

My final Itinerary:

June 1 - 1 - Mineral King
June 2 - 2 - Franklin Lakes
June 3 - 3 - Forester Lake
June 4 - 4 - Amphitheater Lake
June 5 - 5 - Climb Mineral Peak - Monarch Lake
June 6 - 6 - Climb Sawtooth Peak - Columbine Lake
June 7 - 7 - Lake 10,410
June 8 - 8 - Layover
June 9 - 9 - Lake 11,720
June 10 - 10 - Lake 11,600
June 11 - 11 - Lake 11,560
June 12 - 12 - Lake 11.520
June 13 - 13 - Lake 11,650
June 14 - 14 - Hamilton Lake
June 15 - 15 - Mehrten Creek
June 16 - 16 - Lodgepole
June 17 - 17 - Bear Paw Meadow
June 18 - 18 - Big Arroyo
June 19 - 19 - Moraine Lake
June 20 - 20 - Kern Hotspring
June 21 - 21 - Layover
June 22 - 22 - Wallace Creek
June 23 - 23 - Wales Lake
June 24 - 24 - Climb Mt. Russell
June 25 - 25 - Junction Meadow
June 26 - 26 - Lake 11,400
June 27 - 27 - Lion Lake
June 28 - 28 - Lonely Lake
June 29 - 29 - Pear Lake
June 30 - 30 - Lodgepole
July 1 - 31 - Layover
July 2 - 32 - Bear Paw Meadow
July 3 - 33 - Below Copper Mine Pass
July 4 - 34 - Glacier Lake
July 5 - 35 - Lake 11,550
July 6 - 36 - Table Creek
July 7 - 37 - South Guard Lake
July 8 - 38 - climb brewer
July 9 - 39 - Layover
July 10 - 40 - Lake Reflection
July 11 - 41 - Roads End
July 12 - 42 - Cedar Grove
July 13 - 43 - Bubbs Creek
July 14 - 44 - Lake 9,500
July 15 - 45 - Lake 10,500
July 16 - 46 - Above Woods Creek
July 17 - 47 - Lake 11,120
July 18 - 48 - Layover
July 19 - 49 - Climb Mt. Ickes - Bench Lake
July 20 - 50 - Lakes Basin
July 21 - 51 - Marion Lake
July 22 - 52 - Lake 10,590
July 23 - 53 - climb Mt. Shakespere - Palisade Creek
July 24 - 54 - Lake 11,600
July 25 - 55 - Climb Mt. Sill & Polemonium
July 26 - 56 - 11,420
July 27 - 57 - Parchers Resort
July 28 - 58 - Layover
July 29 - 59 - Leconte Canyon
July 30 - 60 - Hester Lake
July 31 - 61 - climb Langille Peak
August 1 - 62 - Ladder Lake
August 2 - 63 - Climb Citadel
August 3 - 64 - 11,840
August 4 - 65 - climb Charbydis
August 5 - 66 - Layover
August 6 - 67 - Lake 12,320
August 7 - 68 - Climb Goddard
August 8 - 69 - Climb Scylla camp at Lake 12,080
August 9 - 70 - Mcgee Lake
August 10 - 71 - Evolution Valley
August 11 - 72 - Muir Trail Ranch
August 12 - 73 - Desolation Lake
August 13 - 74 - layover
August 14 - 75 - French Canyon
August 15 - 76 - Black Bear Lake
August 16 - 77 - Toe Lake
August 17 - 78 - Second Recess
August 18 - 79 - VVR
August 19 - 80 - Layover
August 20 - 81 - Third Recess Lake
August 21 - 82 - Dade Lake
August 22 - 83 - Pine Creek Mine
August 23 - 84 - Extra Day
August 24 - 85 - Brownstone Mine
August 25 - 86 - Jumble Lake
August 26 - 87 - Orchid Lake
August 27 - 88 - Cirque Lake
August 28 - 89 - VVR
August 29 - 90 - Layover
August 30 - 91 - Graveyard Lakes
August 31 - 92 - Beetlebug Lake
September 1 - 93 - Iva Bell Hotsprings
September 2 - 94 - Reds Meadow
September 3 - 95 - Beck Lakes
September 4 - 96 - Cecille Lake
September 5 - 97 - Climb Clyde Minaret
September 6 - 98 - Lake 10,680
September 7 - 99 - Layover
September 8 - 100 - Below Clinch Pass
September 9 - 101 - Lake 11,760
September 10 - 102 - Lake 11,600
September 11 - 103 - Tuolumne Meadows
September 12 - 104 - Great Sierra Mine
September 13 - 105 - Cascade Lakes
September 14 - 106 - Soldier Lake
September 15 - 107 - Horse Creek
September 16 - 108 - Peeler Lake
September 17 - 109 - Benson Lake
September 18 - 110 - Layover
September 19 - 111 - Wilson Creek
September 20 - 112 - Glen Aulin
September 21 - 113 - Tuolumne Meadows
September 22 - 114 - Nelson Lake
September 23 - 115 - Echo Valley
September 24 - 116 - Triple Peak Fork
September 25 - 117 - Sadler Lake
September 26 - 118 - Layover
September 27 - 119 - Dike Creek
September 28 - 120 - Lake 11,360
September 29 - 121 - Reds Meadow
September 30 - 122 - Mammoth
October 1 - 123 - Deer Lakes
October 2 - 124 - Franklin Lakes
October 3 - 125 - Red and White Lake
October 4 - 126 - Mono Creek
October 5 - 127 - VVR
October 6 - 128 - Layover
October 7 - 129 - Blayney Hotsprings
October 8 - 130 - South Fork
October 9 - 131 - Lake 12,080
October 10 - 132 - Disappearing Creek
October 11 - 133 - Goddard Creek
October 12 - 134 - Cartridge Creek
October 13 - 135 - Marion Lake
October 14 - 136 - Lake 11,260
October 15 - 137 - Marion Lake
October 16 - 138 - Muro Blanco
October 17 - 139 - Upper Paradise Valley
October 18 - 140 - Cedar Grove

Looks like I will also be alone for the whole trip. Couldn't get anyone to come even for a day.

Have a great summer people. I did buy a Samsung Galaxy 5.0 to take this summer so I may be able to post more often. I was going to be over 80 days in by the time I could first have internet but now I will drop in on resupply and give updates.



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Re: That Time Again

Postby maverick » Thu May 31, 2012 1:33 pm

Have a wonderful trip Rogue, and looking forward to you posting a TR & photo's which
should be about as long as World and Peace. :D Stay safe!
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Re: That Time Again

Postby ERIC » Thu May 31, 2012 1:34 pm

Geez, if this thread doesn't belong in the Backpacking forum, not sure what the heck does. Moving it there, and looking forward to following your latest adventure, Rogue. Good luck!
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Re: That Time Again

Postby copeg » Thu May 31, 2012 2:05 pm

Have fun, stay safe, and looking forward to your report and photos when you're done :thumbsup:
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Re: That Time Again

Postby RoguePhotonic » Thu May 31, 2012 2:25 pm

Lol yes it probably will be as long as War and Peace! :D

Who knows maybe one of you will see me wandering around out there. I seem to run into the same people each year.

I'm bringing 144 gigs of camera memory so I can bring back lots of photos. Maybe allot of video this time around also.
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Re: That Time Again

Postby sparky » Thu May 31, 2012 3:19 pm

Rogue I wish you a very safe journey. I hope you enjoy every moment. The universe is a free flow of improvisation, and I feel things like this mirror that true nature.

Striking out into the unknown gets right into the heart of the matter....truly living in the eternal moment.
There is a million ways to be human, all are worthwhile.

True happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.
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Re: That Time Again

Postby Electra » Thu May 31, 2012 5:18 pm

Simply awesome! Safe, spirited travels Rogue! Already looking forward to your stories and photos....
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Re: That Time Again

Postby tim » Thu May 31, 2012 6:59 pm

Good luck! Looking forward to more great photos to keep us all dreaming next winter!
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Re: That Time Again

Postby rlown » Thu May 31, 2012 8:34 pm

ambitious. good luck
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Re: That Time Again

Postby Shawn » Thu May 31, 2012 9:22 pm

Whoa, I started to comment and didn't know what to say given that long list of outstanding places to visit which is more than most do in a lifetime. Here sending you good karma for a great trip RP, can't wait to hear from you on the other side.
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Re: That Time Again

Postby RoguePhotonic » Thu May 31, 2012 10:17 pm

It's going to be COLD when I start. Tuesday is showing a high of 39 and a low of 22. Glad I will have my 32 degree Summerlite lol. Oh well take it as it comes.
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Re: That Time Again

Postby amaxoxo » Thu May 31, 2012 10:59 pm

Just read your trip outline and it sounds wonderful wandering all over the Sierras like that. I'm heading either for Mineral King or Pioneer Basin in a week; if the former maybe I'll stumble upon you out there. If not, I'll check posts to gather inspiration. May you be very well, safe, and ecstatic out there!
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