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Echo Valley to Sunrise – Yosemite National Park

18 Jul

Ok, so I am sure you want to know all about our hike, but before this I wanted to share with you a couple little secrets of back country camping.  Just between me, you and the internets.  It’s a very simple idea, but that’s the genius of it.  It’s “Condiments.”  You’re laughing now I can tell, but let me tell you it serves multiple purposes.  When you’re hiking in the back country and covering a lot of ground and/or gaining lots of elevation “weight” is the name of the game.  I don’t care if your Grizzly Adams, weight is going to make or break your trip.  These individual single serving size packages come in a wide variety of flavors, sugars and spices, but more importantly the packaging weighs virtually nothing.

So fresh their hearts were still beating when I put them into the pan

So fresh their hearts were still beating when I put them into the pan

Now let’s take it one step further and introduce you to the concept of the “Condiment Library.”  I know you’re laughing again, but let me tell you it’s these little creature comforts that really make the trip more enjoyable when you’re out in the middle of nowhere.

“Man oh man I wish I had some butter, salt and pepper to add to this freshly caught trout.”  Well, let me just check the Condiment Library.  To start your own just get a gallon zip lock baggie and a few visits to your local big chain fast food restaurants like Fourbucks, Micky D’s or Carls Jr.  They’ve got mayo, mustard, ketchup, Tabasco, hot sauce, salsa, hot peppers, salt, pepper, sugar, raw sugar, honey, creamer, butter, onions, Parmesan cheese, sweet relish, soy sauce and washabi…  I am sure there are a lot more flavors out there, but your get the concept.

Fresh fish for lunch

Fresh fish for lunch

The second secret and I am sure it’ll make all the foodies out there cringe, but here it goes it’s “Spam” and “Velveeta.”  I’ve heard it said that a PBJ sandwich tastes like fillet Mignon above 10,000′.  Well let me tell you a Spam and Velveeta sandwich must taste like what food tastes like in heaven just because of our proximity to it @ 12,000′.

The hike to Sunrise from Echo Valley was good, but hard.  I puked 3 times, but I find out that it was sabotage.  Jen was re-organizing the bear canisters, but forgot to balance them out, so I just picked one of them and put it in my pack.  It turns out that I was carrying an extra 15 lbs of  food up 4,000′ in 8+ miles, so guys beware of such dirty tricks.  It was brutally steep, hot and dusty, but well worth the effort.  More high fiving high Sierra Campers here at Sunrise High Sierra camp, but with a little extra effort we found a spot .25 miles with this view of Cathedral Peaks that made it well worth our trouble.

The view from our camp site at Sunrise

The view from our camp site at Sunrise

 

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