It was a magical moment that had me dancing inside. Different route, different challenges, but same endeavor of going after a fast time on a hard, multi-day adventure. Expect Snow Tongue Pass to take longer than planned, at least on the north side. 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. Many women have attempted it, but none have finished it and submitted their effort to the FKT database. The south side of passes tends to offer easier terrain for descending, such as scree and alpine meadows. I was still listening to music, and feeling spunky. This area was a time sink for me during an early-season reconnaissance trip. SNAP! 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. Taught by the CalTopo training team, the webinar covered the basics of using CalTopo for planning a trip, including navigating the map tools, saving and sharing maps, working with layers and overlays, using their new mobile app, creating routes, and more. 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! My vision started getting distorted. I was also impressed by how bad the smoke was in the Yosemite Valley, not far from me, whereas I had relatively clear skies (thankfully)! We asked the usual questions and it came out that I was heading to Devil’s Postpile that night. On that morning, I was even gifted with a live singing performance. The more technical side of passes tends to be on the north. We will follow the Sierra High Route to Upper Basin, just south of Mather Pass, where … My best guess is that it starts around the store now, rather than the campground. USGS and USFS topos, aerial imagery, printing to geospatial PDFs, exporting to KMZ and MBTiles. 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. When I hit the JMT that day, I was quite ecstatic. After, I felt my energy and stoke increase and I caught every trip before it turned into a fall. A message to Sean at 11:16: “Rammstein.. And. Last night’s sleep, the heat, whatever, was starting to get to me. Apparently I had forgotten to turn off last nights alarm. In the Sierra and higher Cascade valleys, they are usually pretty tame … This absolutely could not have been done without my wonderful husband’s support. I had gotten at most about 1.5 hours of sleep… Oh well, here we go! I was in good spirits during the 2,500ft descent to the Mono Pass Trail, but as I descended, it started getting really warm. 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. CalTopo allows easy customization of the exact region, scale, favorite grid (UTM, Lat/Long, MGRS), and number of printed pages. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Once again, I lucked out… While I was heading up to Frozen Lake Pass, the thunder lessened, eventually stopped, and did not start again. But not so… When I got up to start moving again, I felt even more tired than I did when I sat down. Luckily, I had an idea that brightened my mood… Crossing the outlet of Twin Lakes required a thigh-deep wade. I spent at least 20 minutes going up and down every trail and use trail I could find and nothing seemed to be going in the right direction. 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. This is definitely not the case for the terrain on the north side of passes (generally talus and large boulder fields). Before doing the FKT, I did 4 reconnaissance trips that helped me to further set my course on a significant portion of the route: Twin Lakes to Devil’s Postpile, Piute Creek to the John Muir Trail (JMT), and Mather Pass to Road’s End. During my recon trip with Liz, we opted for the west option. High Sierra Trail: Introduction. Spanning the same distance as the John Muir Trail (JMT), the SHR stays high where the JMT dips low. Caltopo route outline. A final note regarding the route. I decided I would opt for the east option during the FKT, which seemed to be the pass described by Roper. Both of these tactics managed to stave off fatigue. I made it to Muir Pass around sunset, and was dismayed by how technical and difficult the trail was. (Of course, glaciers can change on a daily basis and you should never fully rely on a model like this, but it’s a great start.) It has come a long way since I began to use it, with regular improvements to the user-interface and imagery database.… I had a smile on my face and I was bounding past all the JMTers like a deer. 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. CalTopo is a free and paid online service for making custom maps to print at home. I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail through Yosemite in 2006 and 2007, on the Sierra High Route in 2008, and on the John Muir Trail in 2011. But news that the smoke was not bad in Mammoth Lakes kept me going. A physical map remains important—print one to bring on each of your backcountry adventures. Starting with a nearly continuous 6,400 ft climb up Copper Creek Trail to Goat Crest Saddle out of Road’s End sounded horrendous. And the terrain offers fun cross-country travel. Super Volunteer, Contributor to Freedom 9, How To: Plan Your Own Adventures with CalTopo, 2020 Banff Mountain Film Festival Virtual Tour - Get Your Tickets Now, BeWild Speaker Series - Introducing the 2021 Lineup, Five Favorite Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes, Last Chance! I’ve been in two of the three obvious ones. 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. I imagined it as being a series of scenic ridge traverses through the Sierra. Somewhere in the basin, a very talented singer was expressing what I was feeling in song. Any of the gullies south of Marion Lake looked like they would go. 5) to reflect modern best practices along with revisions to “navigation” in The Mountaineers Ten Essentials™. 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. You can use this feature to plan a cross country travel route in CalTopo for a place you've never visited! 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. 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. Introduction. It was almost midnight and I couldn’t sleep because my leg muscles were twitching. It was a relatively flawless day overall and this leg took an hour less than planned. Learn how it works, and how to use it for planning future trips. (In fact, it was kind of shocking how many lakes and streams marked as year-round features were dry during my FKT! 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, The net elevation gain is more than 2,000 ft less if you travel north to south. For this reason, traveling north to south should be faster because such terrain can be descended relatively quickly, usually at running speed. Don’t worry too much about finding the right one. In this section we cross the Sierra crest for the first time, and then descend to join Roper’s Sierra High Route (SHR) near Dusy Basin. This popular trailhead allows fast access to the beautiful high country terrain that we seek. Soon I was at Piute Pass Trail, the start of another section that I had done reconnaissance on earlier this summer, which included Snow Tongue Pass. Starting from Cottonwood Lakes, hiking Alan Dixon's Southern Sierra High Route, and then meeting up with Roper's route and continuing to finish at Twin Lakes. Log In. Thankfully, it occurred to me to put in my headphones. The instructors also indicated that printing UTM or Lat/Long grid lines is optional. Helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. A high percentage of the BSL travels through some of the best terrain the Sierra Nevada has to offer. 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. My 3:44am start was a couple hours earlier than planned, but I woke up naturally before my alarm and took advantage. Stay high and aim for the cluster of small lakes at 3470. Forests: Once again, forests vary greatly by location. This content is offered courtesy of our incredible volunteers who make outdoor education accessible to all. Powerful trip planning tools and high quality maps. I get the impression that a lot of backpackers get in over their heads and bail / DNF. I would start at snack time so he would be content in the stroller while eating. During my spring seclusion, I was planning a summer escape to hike the final section of the Sierra High Route. We (Sierra Mountain Center) ran the High Route starting from Kearsarge, going over Deerhorn instead to avoid Shepard's. This was put together by Andrew Skurka in 2015. Alan Dixon created his map sets for the Wind River High Route and the Southern Sierra High routes using Caltopo. I could see how if you were doing this route from south to north, you could waste a lot of time trying to find an easy route down. When my alarm woke me up, I didn’t look at the time, I simply started getting ready as quickly as I could. “What am I getting myself into?” I sent InReach messages to my stepfather in Mammoth Lakes and my husband at home in Truckee to try to figure out where the fires were and how bad the smoke might be throughout the Sierra. But our current navigation narrative assumes that a commercially produced map is easily obtainable and affordable. From the lake, climb Crater Pass, the low point at 3720 north of Crater Mountain. Try to figure this out in advance if you are traveling north to south. I found the Sprinter exactly where my stepfather said he had left it for me and celebrated with a quick swim in the Tuolumne River, a yummy dinner in the Sprinter (bone broth, roast chicken and veggies), and a quick myofascial release session before putting on my eye mask for sleeping before the sun went down. 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. But I found the process of selecting my route to be one of the most fun aspects of the project! Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. After finishing this section, I shared this moment in an InReach message to my crew member Sean O’Rourke, “Feeling sky high wahoo!” I also found myself to be mesmerized by the patterns of sunlight on the lapping waves on Cecile Lake and the sunlight beams streaming through the smoke on the Minarets. If you found today’s information valuable, please consider a 100% tax-deductible donation. I first learned about the Sierra High Route (SHR) about 20 years ago, from my good friend and climbing partner, Elizabeth Allison. When I got back into bed, it was a little after 12am…. My time estimate broke up the entire route into up/down, on/off trail, and expected difficulty. Roper advises going one at a time here. And later, I did get a little rain while I was on the JMT, but the ground was drenched – it could have been a lot worse if I was there earlier in the day. The east side makes an easy blind descent. I also managed to find two gps tracks of the route online, although those were both used merely for verifying my general route direction. As with day 1, I had done a recon trip earlier this summer over the entirely of the route I would be covering today. Speed check – can I go just a little bit faster. Seriously good stuff. August 24-Sept 6th, 2016 Route was published by … If you have to take this route, skirt back over towards the low point on the descent for some fantastic scree, rather than dealing with the tedious, firm slope covered in loose gravel directly below you. I promise my students I will haunt them if they fail to print grid lines, which are the critical link between GPS devices and the physical map. I was too far gone to even think about the tricks in my toolkit for making that moment better, let alone use them. Shepard's has spotty snow above Anvil, dry through the Pothole, but consistent coverage over the pass. If you go too high, you will find yourself climbing in and out / up and around rocky gullies and outcroppings needlessly. CalTopo also offers free and discounted subscriptions to first responders and team accounts for a variety of different organizations. If you have read some of the 600+ pages of the latest Freedom of the Hills, you may have noticed significant changes in the Navigation chapter (Ch. During my spring seclusion, I was planning a summer escape to hike the final section of the Sierra High Route. Years ago, a crazy wind event blew over a significant portion of the trees in this area. In 1999 we used a combination of Georges Veron’s, Pyrenees High Level Route (1990 – now out of print) and the French IGN series 1:50,000 Topographical maps.Unable to find topos for the Spanish side, we made do with the sketch maps in Veron’s bare-bones guide while hiking on the southern side of the border. Whether on skis, running shoes, or rock shoes, there is no other experience that blends speed, beauty, and technicality so wonderfully in my mind. Sunlight can be so amazing! 31,000 ft elevation gain and loss. On August 5, 2020, the Seattle Navigation Committee sponsored a webinar on creating custom physical and digital online maps using the CalTopo online service. I found it to offer some tricky route-finding and/or slow terrain on the approach and the descent. There is a cliff section that you have to deal with shortly before you join the JMT. The scenery from Lake Italy through the Bear Lakes Basin is absolutely spectacular. It is only a small challenge to download these as a “GPX” file and import into Gaia GPS or another app. On this day, it meant being out 1.5 hours longer than planned, making this leg a 20-hour push. And I’d put on my headphones at the same time. It sounds like the kind of route that can chew you up and spit you out. One "Badass" off-trail adventure 110 of the 150 miles are off trail. Slabs are often the best terrain for high routes. Then we descend off trail around Isaak Walton and Hortense Lakes, returning to the familiar trail by day’s end. Of course, I used my husband’s website extensively. Dealing with the smoke was the worse part of the day. I’m going to give the men reading this fair warning – you might want to skip this paragraph if you are at all queasy about female menstruation. My eyes felt like they were rolling in their sockets. I was planning on taking off my shoes, socks, and pants, for the sake of preserving my feet on such a long day. During the FKT, the snow was gone and I discovered that steep slabs covered in loose sand and rock were lurking beneath. If anything, I’d rather be ascending the slippery slope rather than having gravity threatening to pull me down it uncontrollably. 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. And all the pain from earlier in the day was erased. Sierra High Route, in California; Initially, I thought about doing each route as a separate experience, trying to “bag” each of them across the course of the summer. The cost of commercial maps, especially for longer trips, can be significant and are not tailored to your planned start, route, or campsites. I was expecting it and dreading it until listening to the audiobook “Roar…” by Stacy Sims. 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 had been experiencing intermittent nose bleeds (I think it was from the smoke…) and now even my eyes were burning. And that’s exactly what I did. As I was descending the pass by headlamp, I saw Sean’s headlamp in the distance. How is it that water can be so amazing? Do not be too concerned. I wanted to be done. Even hiking quickly was challenging at times. Resupplying twice - once at Parcher's Resort at South Lake, once at Red's Meadow (i.e. But today’s mileage had been done as a two-day overnight run with my girlfriend Liz Levy, so I found myself having a mental issue with doing the entire leg in one push. I don’t want to share my detailed route in the spirit of keeping this route a “choose your own adventure.” Here’s a very simplified version: 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. cross country terain, but the route is pretty obvious from a good vantage point near Twin Lakes. 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. But I knew that I was not entirely in the clear – there was still a 30-40% chance of T-storms in the forecast. I swear a heavy pack effectively increases the grade a notch. There are a couple of steep areas between Feather Pass and Merriam Lake where I did some 3rd and 4th class moves for the sake of speed and maintaining a more direct line – the “headwall” with the “obvious cleft” above La Salle Lake and the “steep slope next to cascade” above Merriam Lake. Twitch. Trip Report: 2020.08 Southern Sierra High Route. It was awesome! Well I might have said Snow Tongue Pass if it weren’t for what would happen later that day… The whole day, I was moving pretty fast and thought I would be at camp around 9:30 or 10pm. It made for a great start to the day. My optimal COVID pastime is planning mountain escapes, and CalTopo helps me create specific and realistic plans for a future freedom in the hills. Maybe someday I will write a blog or two just about being a stay-at-home mom and training with an infant, a toddler, a kid… The basic gist of it is that I had to do as much as I could with him. 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 argue it is class 2. Another critical decision was the style: “supported” (people help you), “self-supported” (you help yourself, e.g. The snow was more pleasant. My 14ers FKT Playlist (with some new additions since last year) did it’s job again. That was definitely the high point of the day. 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. It certainly made stream crossings easier though…) So I had to detour to McCloud Lake for water. The app is still in beta and I found serious bugs on my long summer hike, but it is a strong new contender. And then, magic happened. It enables you to research trails, cross country routes, topography, snow levels, and even track weather forecasts. 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. It is all about making money. 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. It was amazing, even mind-blowing. 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!) Other random tricks include wearing a weighted pack when on walks with him (and/or carrying him in the backpack when he got tired of walking). 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 also love spreadsheets, and created a number of ones to help plan and prepare for this route. It is easy to customize the map with waypoints and the planned route for your trip. My favorite way to experience the mountains is to move freely and quickly over vast quantities of rugged terrain. 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. CalTopo has made this seamless with their new Gaia GPS competitor app for iOS and Android. From June 24th-28th, 2018 I solo hiked this self-created route. But no fear – there is a fine (albeit loose and obnoxious) route to a higher point just to the east. The descent off Blue Lake Pass surprised me a little. A good, easy route up Goat Crest Saddle was very obvious to me from the north. 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. But it is an expert route–not for novices, youth groups, bad knees, or even experienced trail hikers new to loaded scrambling and off-trail navigation. I was about to start my last massive climb (almost 4,000 ft over 6 miles) before camp and it was daunting. 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). 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 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. 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 intentionally keeps this route vague, describing way points rather than a specific route, in order to maintain the wild nature of the terrain. 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. The smoke stayed at bay for the rest of the day until I got close to Tuolumne Meadows. 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 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. This is a KML network link for displaying the Caltopo high resolution (7.5') version of the USGS topographic maps in Google Earth. for all ages and levels in the Pacific Northwest. It might have helped that I was ascending rather than descending, but I don’t think that explains all of the discrepancy. It’s almost 12am, a little over 18 hours since I started that morning. I was tired. The stunning beauty and joyous terrain (challenging at times, but really fun) continued all morning, past Barrett Lakes and the descent off Cirque Pass, then things started getting a little obnoxious…. Different route, different challenges, but same endeavor of going after a fast time on a hard, multi-day adventure. When was almost ready to go I checked the time and… It was only 2:30! He also wants to sell you a guidebook for $25, which I find somewhat annoying, especially since he does not seem to describe the route in even sketchy detail online. 20's and 80's possible at extreme elevations. And gorgeous!) So I didn’t have to worry about route-finding or cliff surprises (except later, at night, when I didn’t follow my route line closely enough, ahem…) but knowing that I would need to be travelling off-trail after sunset and into the early morning always adds a bit of intimidation. Sean O’Rourke went above and beyond anything I could have asked for. It was nearing the time I expected to be done for the day and I expected I had a couple of hours remaining to go, if not more. Slabs and snow, not the best combination. This bit me a handful of times during the FKT effort with my time estimates. The only concern with them is how steeper slabs can become dangerous when wet, from rain or snow melt above. I found that to be a perfect start to the route. I was definitely not able to run. 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. I came across a few issues with this idea, however: (1) The routes are not geographically near one, … And I had a small blister that needed to be dealt with before it became a real issue (my first in a long time). 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. In fact, I felt delirious. But for miles thereafter, the ground was soaked, making me glad I was not there earlier in the day. 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. ( Log Out /  Caltopo is a site for planning and documenting hiking trips with the ability to print maps. I lost the trail multiple times for short periods in the numerous creek crossings, confused by use trails going in the wrong direction and night travel. Another message: “Rad man I’m at goat crest saddle and I feel great!” Usually I have a hard crash around 11pm (an hour after my usual bedtime) but not this time, and it didn’t stop there… On the other side of the saddle, there is fantastic cross-country running terrain for miles and miles that kept me in the zone, on cloud 9 from that special mix of chemicals flowing through my body. I did come across a deer that had me convinced it was a bear, but that’s it, and dawn broke soon enough. 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. 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. In the morning before my period started, I was stumbling in the talus and feeling sluggish. But I found none of this. Then I’d get a second chance to run back to the car when he got hungry for lunchtime. Note, we couldn’t find the register on the pass and there aren’t many places for a register to hide up there. Future students who would like to hone their navigation best practices, please watch for upcoming Seattle and Foothills courses. The CalTopo instructors suggested that, optionally, you may want to print and bring a physical map in addition to the digital version accessed in an app. Or you can you use the Roper book and Caltopo and make your ‘own’ route.. Travelling north to south means that rather than having to deal with blind descents through difficult terrain, you will be able to see the terrain and find a good route on the approach. Caltopo is a phenomenal tool in my opinion. I had already done almost 9,000 ft of climbing that day and the smoke was starting to get really, really bad again. I took the most direct line and was rewarded with a full body experience climbing around boulders that were sometimes larger than vehicles. Posts. CalTopo is a free and paid online service for making custom maps to print at home. And there were entirely too many storm clouds in the sky…. 58 miles of the BSL is concurrent with the JMT and its associated crowds. 6 day sections) Expecting 30's-40's at night, 60's-70's during the day. He got sleep deprived and exhausted right along with me and I cannot thank him enough! It was raining, but I didn’t care. I would advise the same. The Southern Sierra High Route (SoSHR) starts at the South Lake trailhead, west of Bishop, CA. As the weeks passed, I used CalTopo’s weekly hi-resolution satellite images to watch the winter white recede from monolithic iceberg, to mosquito wonderland, to High Sierra drought. The entire route into up/down, on/off trail, and was rewarded with a full hike of the (! 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