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    [–] Mount Baden Powell - May 6th Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in socalhiking

    Just got back. The road at Vincent Gulch was impassable, and there was very little traffic in the area. So I changed plans and did an out-and-back from there to Cooper Canyon Trail Camp. The road is open around Buckhorn.

    Lots of PCT through hikers on the trail. Baden Powell switchbacks terminate about 3/4 of the way up, and the rest is straight up through deep snow. I summited in high winds, thick cloud, and brief icy snow. Great weather the rest of the trip. It was my first time in the area. Really loved it .

    [–] Mount Baden Powell - May 6th Middleagedaccountant 2 points ago in socalhiking

    Thanks for this! I’m picking up an adventure pass this morning so I’ll check with the rangers to see if they know more. Cheers!

    [–] Mt. Baden- Powell on 4-27-19 Middleagedaccountant 2 points ago in PacificCrestTrail

    I’m planning on three nights in that area. Thanks for the info. I was planning on crampons and trekking poles, but now I’ll bring the axe too.

    Glad you made it down safely!

    [–] Mt. Baden- Powell on 4-27-19 Middleagedaccountant 3 points ago in PacificCrestTrail

    Nice! I’m heading there in eight days for the first time. What equipment would you recommend?

    [–] Weekend Travel from Mammoth > Lone Pine Middleagedaccountant 3 points ago in JMT

    If you're comfortable, hitchhiking is very easy in the Eastern Sierra. I had no problem getting rides in both those areas. People are very used to hikers.

    [–] Postholer Sierra Entry Middleagedaccountant 1 points ago in PacificCrestTrail

    I did that section (the JMT) starting June 3rd last year, and there was still plenty of snow, even for a low-snow year. There was about 6 miles of continuous snow on Muir Pass, for example. But really, you just plan your days to be on the passes very early in the morning, when the snow is still frozen from the night before. So you're walking on top of it with crampons or micro-spikes. It really wasn't a problem. I walked with my ice axe in hand less than half a dozen times (Forester, Glen, Mather...). Just plan to avoid long stretches of snow in the afternoon. That means some long days, and some days forced short. My shortest was 8, my longest 25, and my average about 17.

    The rivers were probably a more real "danger". Bear, Evolution, South Fork of King etc. were really fast moving. Evolution has a well-known meadow alternate. For the other crossings, I relied on Guthooks user postings which updated alternate crossings up or downstream over downed logs etc.

    [–] What do you wish you'd known before doing the JMT? Middleagedaccountant 26 points ago in JMT

    Don’t rush the amazing bits. And there are many. It’s over so fast. And, in the end, you’ll spend far more time reminiscing than you spent actually hiking the trail.

    I’d also add, don’t bring anything you don’t absolutely need. Hiking with a light load is a joy beyond any that can be derived from the extra stuff you think you might need.

    [–] What trips do you have planned in 2019? Any fun gear purchases coming up? Middleagedaccountant 2 points ago in UltralightCanada

    I know the campsites exist at the northern end near Tobermory (and I have the full map and campsite listing put out by the Bruce Trail Conservancy), but I could not find evenly-spaced campsites between Wiarton, through Lions Head, and northward to the park boundary. There are long sections with no apparent camping, and there's two pretty long road walks (like from Scenic Caves Road, to Bruce Road 9, to McKague Road). Is there a trick to thru hiking this section?

    [–] What trips do you have planned in 2019? Any fun gear purchases coming up? Middleagedaccountant 3 points ago in UltralightCanada

    I was researchIng the northern section of the Bruce Trail (from Wiarton North), but my feeling was the campsite options are slim and not that evenly spaced.

    So I’m going to do an early spring shakedown in Algonquin before the black flies. (Western Uplands). Then do a week on PCT section D (San Gabriel Mountains) when the snow is passable at mid elevation.

    For longer hikes, my goals for the next few years are the Vermont Long Trail, the Colorado Trail, the Cascades in Washington. I’ve also never hiked around Calgary, which I should rectify.

    [–] Best 2-4 day hikes in May near LA Middleagedaccountant 2 points ago in socalhiking

    Yeah, I haven't explored either of those areas.

    South Fork Trail to San Gorgonio Mountain via Mine Shaft Saddle looks pretty great.

    So does San Bernardino Divide with 9 Summits.

    Thanks!

    [–] Best 2-4 day hikes in May near LA Middleagedaccountant 2 points ago in socalhiking

    Thanks. I see there is a multi-day loop called Cottonwood-Marble Canyon. And the Telescope Peak hike is high elevation, but only 13 miles. Do you have a favourite multi-day hike?

    [–] Best time for early nobo hike? Middleagedaccountant 4 points ago in JMT

    I went last year from Horseshoe Meadows starting June 3rd, and I thought that was an ideal time. I wanted to see some snow, and I certainly did. It was a low snow year, but there was still miles of snow on the passes, particularly Muir. Also, the faster PCT hikers were coming through at the same time. That was nice because it gave me some company, which was comfort on the passes and river crossings. But it was definitely not crowded.

    There were still mosquitoes below 8,000 feet, but it was easy to avoid camping in them.

    MTR wasn’t open when I passed, but VVR was. And the bus to Mammoth Mountain started the day I passed Red’s, just by luck.

    I’d suggest using postholer.com to check the snow conditions throughout the winter. And start following some PCT hiker vlogs to see what it’s like a couple weeks ahead of your departure. That helped me select gear last year. In June, you’ll very likely want crampons and an ice axe. I used both.

    [–] What’s one useful thing you’ve learned through Reddit? Middleagedaccountant 8 points ago in AskReddit

    Garage door springs are dangerous.

    And being nice is good. Yeah, mostly the nice thing.

    [–] Very rare 1947 Labatts streamline truck. Middleagedaccountant 18 points ago in WeirdWheels

    I guess you drive it in reverse to be streamlined!