Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sixty two in two?

I am planning a trip to see if I am able to sustain two long 30+ mile days back to back. I am wondering if I may be a little insane, why do I want to do this? After bailing out two days early on my trip to the North Cascades I have been hankering for a hike that really pushes me.
Lake Tahoe
Sixty two miles of High Sierra adventure

I have never hiked thirty miles in one day in my life. I can remember two times when I hiked over twenty miles in a day and both days I was pretty tired by the end of the day. In both of those instances it was the final day of the hike and I slept in my own bed that night. This time I will hike about thirty one miles, camp-out, then hike another thirty one miles.

My plan is to hike from Echo Summit on Highway 50 to Donner Summit on the Pacific Crest Trail. Most of the terrain is between 7,000 and 9,000 feet in elevation. I copied an image from Google Earth using Half Mile's PCT Tracks to show my proposed route.

I don't know if I can do this and I am quite unnerved by the whole idea. Most of my life I have stayed within the bounds of what is reasonable and attainable. This plan is outside of my comfort zone.

I am keeping an eye on the weather as rain or snow is not something that I am going to contend with and I will throw out the whole plan if there is precipitation in the forecast.

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