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Somewhere in the basin, a very talented singer was expressing what I was feeling in song. Route / Conditions: Character: The SHR is a largely cross-country hike, which as the name suggests, takes the walker on a high-level route (virtually all between 9,000 and 12,000 ft.) through some of the most pristine wilderness in California’s High Sierra. I found that to be a perfect start to the route. Turns out, my timing was perfect. He got sleep deprived and exhausted right along with me and I cannot thank him enough! It might have helped that I was ascending rather than descending, but I don’t think that explains all of the discrepancy. I decided it was worth the extra time to take off my shirt and do a full head-to-toe swim. For anyone considering this route, I would highly recommend you train on such terrain, wearing the pack you plan on using while on the SHR. And before I knew it, I can see Sean’s headlamp in our camp. As I mentioned above, the start of the Mammoth Pass Trail in Red’s Meadow seems to have been re-routed and maps have not been updated yet. And there were entirely too many storm clouds in the sky…. But not so… When I got up to start moving again, I felt even more tired than I did when I sat down. And there were a lot of sticker bushes… Eventually, I found the trail. It is easier to use but gives you less control over the output, particularly scale. It wasn’t quite as blissful as my time on the JMT the evening before, but it was still good…. It was a magical moment that had me dancing inside. But I found the process of selecting my route to be one of the most fun aspects of the project! That was definitely the high point of the day. But for miles thereafter, the ground was soaked, making me glad I was not there earlier in the day. Stanton Pass is one of those spots that might leave you concerned after reading Roper’s book and online beta. The Helen Memorial Plaque is just west of a use trail on the west shore of Marion Lake, on the side of a large triangular rock facing the lake. Free USGS topo maps! And all the pain from earlier in the day was erased. I was back in the right headspace to use them again. The Seattle Navigation Committee has been hard at work since Freedom 9 was published to rebuild our navigation classes around its four key principles: While a digital map with a “you are here” arrow seems to make ink obsolete, the physical map is unchallenged for its ability to synthesize a vast amount of geographic information. About 4.5 miles later, I was finally getting to some run-able trail, but it was too late. From the lake, climb Crater Pass, the low point at 3720 north of Crater Mountain. I agree that $25-30 per year would be a better price point - think you would get many more subscriptions. And Finished with a full hike of the Southern Sierra High Route from Dusy Basin to Cottonwood Lakes. The high point? Snow in the early season makes this all that much more complicated. Caltopo is a phenomenal tool in my opinion. He met me in Devil’s Postpile at night 2, hiked in our overnight gear and my food resupply at both Toe lake and the Bishop Pass Trail for night 3 and 4, stayed up until I got there, cooked dinner for me every night, woke up with me to make my hot water and get me on my feet in the morning, and drove my Sprinter van to Road’s End to meet me when I finished. Current Seattle and Foothills instructors, thank you, a big thank you. I also managed to find two gps tracks of the route online, although those were both used merely for verifying my general route direction. This also seemed to be where Secor located the pass (in his book The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, Trails). That meant a lot of stroller runs, primarily. Apparently it had been too long since the last time I had been on this trail…. 58 miles of the BSL is concurrent with the JMT and its associated crowds. Then we descend off trail around Isaak Walton and Hortense Lakes, returning to the familiar trail by day’s end. I think this is the most daunting part to other mom’s so I want to make sure to mention it, but I wrote about this pretty extensively in my CA 14ers FKT Trip Report and I don’t want to go into that much depth again. It’s almost 12am, a little over 18 hours since I started that morning. Use CalTopo for collaborative trip planning, detailed elevation profiles and terrain analysis, printing geospatial PDFs, and exporting maps to your smartphone as KMZ or MBTiles files. In fact, the High Route doesn’t dip below 9,000 feet at all! It is at the head of a short talus slope around 9,639 feet, right where there is a level spot in the shoulder coming off the Minarets. It certainly made stream crossings easier though…) So I had to detour to McCloud Lake for water. Since it wasn’t part of any of my recon trips, I wasn’t sure how it would go… I ended up right in the middle if a disconnected ledge system on a very sheer face. I decided to look at my InReach messages and I discovered some messages of support from friends: A smile spread across my face and a thought, “This is what I am out here for!” And of course, then I think about my toolkit: These were my tools to get through the miles. I had a packet of instant espresso that I would add to my bottle of liquid calories around 9pm (I usually don’t use caffeine). My legs held strong through all that continuous downhill running and about 5,200 feet of descent later, 7 minutes shy of 5 days, I saw the cars in the parking lot…. CalTopo is a free and paid online service for making custom maps to print at home. Don’t worry too much about finding the right one. Helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. by caching supplies in advance), or ‘un-supported (you start with everything you need for the entire trip, except you can refill your water bottles). I think this might be due to the route-finding challenges, but I would guess it is usually from being uncomfortable with class 3 climbing while wearing a pack. The route actually follows the JMT down to the large lake at 3500. My favorite way to experience the mountains is to move freely and quickly over vast quantities of rugged terrain. The morning glow on the Clark Range was spectacular. I came across a few issues with this idea, however: (1) The routes are not geographically near one, … I was about to start my last massive climb (almost 4,000 ft over 6 miles) before camp and it was daunting. I have done both the northern and southern sections of the Wilson-Dixon Wind River High Route and had no problems with exposure on it at all. Roper intentionally keeps this route vague, describing way points rather than a specific route, in order to maintain the wild nature of the terrain. Past students wanting a refresher or to learn the new curriculum, please join us to teach. But it is advisable to stay true to the line in two spots: on the west shore of Grouse lake, where there are some cliffs at the lake’s edge that require you to climb up and around; and on the traverse between Copper Creek and the Copper Creek Trail where it will help you avoid some really bad bushwhacking. CalTopo has made this seamless with their new Gaia GPS competitor app for iOS and Android. The Sierra High Route (SHR), a trek designed by Steve Roper to traverse the High Sierra, is near the top of my list of hikes to complete. The climb to Horse Creek Pass out of Twin Lakes is a beautiful introduction to the route, in some spectacular country. I even had some entertainment from a helicopter that kept visiting me throughout this section. There are two saddles on the ridge north of lake Superior that could be it. CalTopo allows easy customization of the exact region, scale, favorite grid (UTM, Lat/Long, MGRS), and number of printed pages. CalTopo is a free and paid online service for making custom maps to print at home. Different route, different challenges, but same endeavor of going after a fast time on a hard, multi-day adventure. The Sierra High Route is a 195 mile on and off trail backpacking route through the center of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the State of California in the U.S.A. During its course, it passes through Kings Canyon National Park, Inyo National Forest and Yosemite National Park. I was delighted to play host and put CalTopo into a Mountaineers context. The website CalTopo has been my go-to mapping platform for four over years. It was quite a surreal experience. It is slow and tedious. If you’re also plotting an escape, access the Webinar recording (or watch below) to add CalTopo to your repertoire or pick up some tips and tricks. Shepard's has spotty snow above Anvil, dry through the Pothole, but consistent coverage over the pass. The High Sierra Trail to Mt Whitney is a challenging 75-mile trek whose scenery ranges from the giant forest of Sequoia National park, gorgeous mountain lakes, the Kern River Valley and of course the rocky jagged terrain of Mt Whitney. I was definitely not able to run. Alan Dixon created his map sets for the Wind River High Route and the Southern Sierra High routes using Caltopo. My 3:44am start was a couple hours earlier than planned, but I woke up naturally before my alarm and took advantage. A high percentage of the BSL travels through some of the best terrain the Sierra Nevada has to offer. The Sierra High Route (SHR) is a 195-mile trekking route that runs north-south across the heart of the Sierra Nevada Range, through Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, John Muir Wilderness, Ansel Adams Wilderness, and Yosemite National Park. Although I have been getting really interested in fast-packing and overnight running, when I discovered that the route passed highway 120 in Yosemite, went through Red’s Meadow/Devil’s Postpile, and got reasonably close to a number of trail heads, I got really excited about the idea of doing the entire route with a daypack, rather than carrying multiple days worth of food and overnight gear. This became my inside joke for the rest of the SHR, every time I heard that sound… I was definitely in better spirits. Years ago, a crazy wind event blew over a significant portion of the trees in this area. I found myself enjoying the scenery and even joking around a bit…. Seriously good stuff. I wanted to be done. The best? CalTopo’s optional overlays expand the very concept of “a map.” Overlays can enhance your map with weather forecasts (temperature, precipitation, wind speed), slope shading, and real-time data from SnoTel sites, water gauges and weather stations. My eyes felt like they were rolling in their sockets. There is a cliff section that you have to deal with shortly before you join the JMT. The app is still in beta and I found serious bugs on my long summer hike, but it is a strong new contender. Your map can now talk to your GPS. However if you are using gps, note that the location is not accurate in many places. I hadn’t been on a trail more than maybe a mile or so all day and I was looking forward to opening things up a bit and doing some running! Change ), Sierra High Route Fastest Known Time Trip Report, Video: Virtual Chat with Sierra High Route FKT holder Renee Elsdon Jacobs, Second Run Hard Mom Hard Podcast Interview, Follow Renee Elsdon Jacobs on WordPress.com, The net elevation gain is more than 2,000 ft less if you travel north to south. This is often not the case. During my spring seclusion, I was planning a summer escape to hike the final section of the Sierra High Route. But no fear – there is a fine (albeit loose and obnoxious) route to a higher point just to the east. I sat down to give myself a break at the Shadow Creek crossing, which meant spending about 10-15 minutes to dip my body bottles into the creek (I did not use my filter in most cases), pee, deal with a tampon, and stuff my face with food from inside my pack while I restocked all the quick-access pockets at the front of my pack. Roper talks about permanent snowfields in this area, but I think that is simply a thing of the past – permanent snowfields are disappearing and the few remaining glaciers are receding throughout the Sierra, exposing some pretty obnoxious terrain that you have to deal with instead. But I was prepared with a plan. I found it to be particularly challenging to make sense of this section from home using Roper’s book, satellite imagery on Caltopo, and google earth. The cost of commercial maps, especially for longer trips, can be significant and are not tailored to your planned start, route, or campsites. I can’t say my route was entirely “amazingly easy… grassy slopes, low-angled slabs, and short stretches of stable talus.” There are steep cliff sections that you might encounter. From our vantage point on the “inconspicuous saddle” to the north, this saddle looked easier and more direct. Apparently I had forgotten to turn off last nights alarm. Whether on skis, running shoes, or rock shoes, there is no other experience that blends speed, beauty, and technicality so wonderfully in my mind. Do not be too concerned. I had already done almost 9,000 ft of climbing that day and the smoke was starting to get really, really bad again. The instructors also indicated that printing UTM or Lat/Long grid lines is optional. Many women have attempted it, but none have finished it and submitted their effort to the FKT database. There was definitely no trail where it was indicated on my gps watch. And I felt it! A physical map is not fragile, needs no electricity, and provides both backup and the “big picture” about a region that cannot be replicated by written descriptions or a tiny screen. I shared my stoke in a InReach message to family and friends “Running in the rain! When was almost ready to go I checked the time and… It was only 2:30! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It was only a little over 7 miles of fantastic run-able trail and there was a good chance I would hit the trail head before my 5-day goal. My 14ers FKT Playlist (with some new additions since last year) did it’s job again. I had twice section hiked the Sierra High Route in 2018-19 and was preparing to complete the SHR northbound in its entirety in from September 8th-18th of 2020. Kern is burnt out and brutal isothermic junk, good coverage and skiing up high through Tablelands. They are not optional—always print grid lines. Roper’s very fine Sierra High Route fixes these problems with the JMT, but requires a lot of skilled off-trail travel and and navigation. Since many trips are planned on the fly depending on conditions, permit availability, and the inclination of the party, knowing what map to bring is difficult. Renee, just last week, set a high bar on the 195-mile Sierra High Route, establishing the first female FKT in 4 days 23 hours and 53 minutes. Not only did he (Matt Jacobs) help me make the training happen, but he solo-parented for me while I was away for over a week. Resupplying twice - once at Parcher's Resort at South Lake, once at Red's Meadow (i.e. cross country terain, but the route is pretty obvious from a good vantage point near Twin Lakes. Then took the Sierra High Route from Blue Lake Pass to Dusy Basin. Author. I took the most direct line and was rewarded with a full body experience climbing around boulders that were sometimes larger than vehicles. or the amino acids+carbs+electrolytes drink I put in my body bottle, but somehow I suddenly had energy to tackle the next climb up to Cecile Lake with gusto. The more technical side of passes tends to be on the north. This section offers challenging (But fun! When I got back into bed, it was a little after 12am…. It is all about making money. Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic. But I need to mention this for the sake of the ladies out there (and the non-squeamish men who are secure enough to share this with their good lady friends!) Helen Pelster, a good friend and mentor, handled “Communications & Media” from home, keeping track of how I was doing and sharing updates with friends, family, and social media. The only concern with them is how steeper slabs can become dangerous when wet, from rain or snow melt above. For this reason, traveling north to south should be faster because such terrain can be descended relatively quickly, usually at running speed. I made it to Gabbot Pass right as the day’s light began to wane and I was delighted to find the terrain on the south side to be very pleasant, with a lot of run-able scree and grassy slopes. Good routes are very obvious on the approach from Spiller Creek. It’s been on my bucket list ever since! Slabs and snow, not the best combination. This is definitely not the case for the terrain on the north side of passes (generally talus and large boulder fields). Quite the opposite in fact – I was absolutely ecstatic during the last climb up to Goat Crest Saddle (3 miles and 1,600 feet). I had been on this segment of the SHR (Frozen Lake Pass to Road’s End) before, during one of my reconnaissance trips with Liz earlier in the summer. I left the van feeling strong but my spirits were quickly squashed when I couldn’t find the Mammoth Pass Trail leaving Reds Meadow Campground. Route refinements were done in Google Earth using the “KML Network Link” from Caltopo. This absolutely could not have been done without my wonderful husband’s support. Try to figure this out in advance if you are traveling north to south. On the Mammoth Crest, the sky began to lighten. Any of the gullies south of Marion Lake looked like they would go. I could think of numerous more salient reasons for traveling north to south (the direction I selected for my FKT): Choosing the direction of travel was an easy decision. I was expecting it and dreading it until listening to the audiobook “Roar…” by Stacy Sims. Twitch. The Mountaineers®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. My stepfather Christopher Meyers and mother Donna Meyers shuttled my Sprinter van from Twin Lakes into Tuolumne and then again from Tuolumne into Devil’s Postpile, giving me the opportunity to have some sleep on a mattress and some truly yummy food from the Sprinter fridge in the midst of the FKT. The sun starts feeling low in the sky and my brain begins to think “If you aren’t heading home yet, you should be.” I was getting tired. It was dark. And I’d put on my headphones at the same time. Other interested branches, Seattle will happily provide the curriculum and help you develop your instructors. I can see how you could get screwed and waste a lot of time if you were descending blind. It enables you to research trails, cross country routes, topography, snow levels, and even track weather forecasts. They helped me with a quick shower behind the van, a lovely dinner, a foot soak (1/2 cup Epsom salt, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup listerine), and a welcome break from isolation. Learn how it works, and how to use it for planning future trips. If anything, I’d rather be ascending the slippery slope rather than having gravity threatening to pull me down it uncontrollably. After some time, I was a little surprised that both Sean and Carol did not seem to be stirring yet, because we had all decided to set our alarms for 5:30am. It was raining, but I didn’t care. And it felt like they were turning over faster than they ever had before, to the tempo of “All Eyes On Me” by Girl Talk. We resupplied twice, at Reds Meadow and in Bishop via Bishop Pass (no hitchhiking involved). Luckily, I had an idea that brightened my mood… Crossing the outlet of Twin Lakes required a thigh-deep wade. The location of Nancy Pass is a little ambiguous. Stretching 200 miles through the Sierra Nevada, most of the High Route is off-trail, posing challenges both physical and mental as you attempt to navigate dangerous, unmarked terrain. The rest of the day went relatively smoothly, other than my being unpleasantly surprised when I remembered that the Beck Lakes Trail was not entirely all downhill, so I would not be running all of it, which meant I would not be finishing as soon as I predicted… There were two long sections of trail today that I had estimated to be “Trail, downhill” and planned to complete at an average speed of 4 miles per hour. coffee weee!” I breezed through the final bit of “steep and rough terrain… class 2-3 slabs” and finished the climb around 12am, accompanied by Light Powered by Deastro (in fact, it was so good I had to listen to it twice). I have met Paul twice in the Wilderness while doing the SHR (Sierra High Route), and we cross paths on a few websites, but otherwise we do not know each other. To get from the “inconspicuous saddle” to the inlet of Lake Superior, it took me 1:20:30 during the FKT and 1:27:44 in my recon trip with Liz – basically the same. The trick is to avoid going too high as you contour around to the white slabby section described in Roper’s book. Give a Gift Membership at 35% off, Retro Rewind | Marge Mueller: Pioneering Illustrator and Guidebook Artist, Outdoor Alliance’s Adam Cramer on the Outdoor Advocacy “Superpowers” of The Mountaineers. and then export GPX to gaia. Thankfully, it occurred to me to put in my headphones. Originally the plan was for my husband to be hiking in to meet me that night in Dusy Basin while one of our parents were taking care of our 3 year old son, but the coronavirus pandemic changed that, and now he was at home single-parenting. I would get my long runs in on daycare days (minimum of two per week keeps me sane and my household happy), but during the coronavirus shut-down, my husband gave me one morning each weekend for a long run. It is no secret that I love high routes and traverses. Roper believes the route to be “more practical” when done south to north for two reasons: to take advantage of less snow in the southern portions at the beginning of a trip and to “walk away from the sun instead of into it’s blinding rays.” For me, the first was not applicable and the second was whimsical. But soon thereafter I hit the JMT and was able to enjoy some trail running, which was just what I needed at the time. I also love spreadsheets, and created a number of ones to help plan and prepare for this route. Everyone I know (myself included) would probably do things a little differently, but that’s the nature of design… At the top of that list for me is the direction of travel. The approach and north side of this saddle offered obvious and relatively easy cross-country terrain, but the descent on the south offered offensive and extensive bushwhacking and dangerously steep, slippery grassy slopes, which took a long time to get through. But as soon as I hit the trail, the ecstasy returned. Luckily, I narrowly missed all the excitement that afternoon. To plan your next escape, try “rolling your own” maps using the CalTopo or Gaia GPS online services. Log In. I get the impression that a lot of backpackers get in over their heads and bail / DNF. Introduction. The south side of passes tends to offer easier terrain for descending, such as scree and alpine meadows. As I got closer, Sean’s headlamp began blinking in strobe mode, almost exactly in-time with the song Aerodynamic by Daft Punk streaming through my headphones. And to his parents, that helped with childcare when daycare was not an option. This was put together by Andrew Skurka in 2015. Relief! All time on feet counts!! It has come a long way since I began to use it, with regular improvements to the user-interface and imagery database.… I first learned about the Sierra High Route (SHR) about 20 years ago, from my good friend and climbing partner, Elizabeth Allison. I knew from living in the mountains through numerous bad fire seasons what living in smoke could do to you. The smoke stayed at bay for the rest of the day until I got close to Tuolumne Meadows. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. This popular trailhead allows fast access to the beautiful high country terrain that we seek. This is one of the spots were north to south is very advantageous. I swear a heavy pack effectively increases the grade a notch. ( Log Out /  6 day sections) Expecting 30's-40's at night, 60's-70's during the day. 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