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[pct-l] re: Kelly Flowers
- Subject: [pct-l] re: Kelly Flowers
- From: Ken Marlow <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 13:34:00 -0500
- Organization: National Geographic
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Sorry about the name mistake. Yea, there was a lot of road pounding back
then; even in So. Cal. Some of it was voluntary though. I walked with a
couple and their dog for two days around San Jacinto/Garner Valley when that
range was completely buried. The same three that pushed through the Sierra,
pushed through San Jacinto, descending Snow Creek! I've only heard stories
of people going down that near vertical canyon. I hear the only time to
attempt it though is in winter.
I hiked up above Lake Isabella to, I think, Kenedy Meadows pack station
(somewhere there) as I had a food drop waiting for me, then headed downhill
to the east. If I would have stayed on jeep roads, Owens Valley wouldn't
have been so bad. I opted for the asphalt though cuz I found I could get
some high milage on it. I think I got in up to a 30 mile day. But things
fell apart pretty quick. I ended-up laying over in Lone Pine tending 8
blisters and bruised feet, for a week.
Once I left Lone Pine, I tried road walking for a day. The codine didn't
help the pain of the bruised feet. It became imbearable, and I ended
hitching a ride to Minden, It was there that I walked up to Echo Lake.
I had a pretty wild traverse across a cirque, west of Tahoe. So glad I
had my ice axe then, saving me during a couple falls. Fording the headwaters
of the American River was the most exciting episode, each crossing meant
dropping down off of a snowbank into the river. During the second river
crossing, I was in over my knees facing a bank to get out. I plunged the
axe's adze in to assist in pulling myself up, but the bank broke off toward
me. Thankfully I still kept my balance. I made camp less than 15 minutes
later, early in the day, just to warm-up. The most gratifying navigation day
was north and west of Tahoe (as following the trail was a map and compass
estimate, on the snow), when I was was in a dense snow covered forest with
those melt-outs around the trunks of trees and no landmarks. I set my
compass to a small lake on the map a few miles away, and just followed a
bearing. A couple hours later, there I was!
Because of the road situation, the compromise has haunted me for years.
I really want to hike a "pure" thru-hike next time. I'm planning to rehike
the JMT this summer, but its only a temporary fix for my desire for another
Great talking to you and thanks for recommending the book!
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