Archives for the month of: June, 2013

Victoria and I went on a 3-day, 2-night backpacking trip in Yosemite which included climbing Half Dome on the last day.

Day 1 – 8.2 miles, 1800ft elevation gain

Left Sacramento at 3:30am, parked in Little Yosemite Valley 7:30am, and grabbed the 8am Hikers Bus to the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center where we grabbed our permits and rented a bear canister. This day was tough. I was carrying about 40lbs and Victoria was carrying around 30lbs. We started at Cathedral Trailhead on the John Muir Trail (JMT). Our starting elevation was 9000ft and the weather was terrible – 45 degrees, rain, clouds, and tons of fog. We couldn’t see more than 200 feet in front of us the entire day. We had planned to make it to the Sunrise Lakes, but the miserable weather made it easy to stop near the Sunrise High Sierra Camp and stop for the night.

Day 2 – 7.2 miles, 800ft elevation gain

We awoke to the same weather – rain, clouds, and fog. Because of that, we decided to not climb Clouds Rest and instead to continue down the JMT towards Half Dome. A little after noon the sky finally started to clear up and we saw our first views. It was amazing. We finished early and were setting up camp by 2pm, right at the junction of the JMT and Clouds Rest Trail. Snoozed and enjoyed views of Half Dome.

Day 3 – 13.2 miles, 2500ft elevation gain

On our final day, we woke up early and climbed Half Dome on the cable route. Awesome.  Then we had a tough 9 mile hike out in really hot weather.


Mount Monadnock is mountain in New Hampshire known for its prominence. It stands at 3,165ft and is 1,000ft higher than any other mountain peak within 30 miles. It has a bare summit which provides great views. John, Bobby, Victoria, and I followed the Spellman Trail up (to avoid crowds) and took the easier White Cross Trail down.