Looking back at some old photos today, I decided to do another retro post – from 2003. This was the year that Geoff turned 50, and to help him celebrate, seven of us flew out to California for a three week sojourn in Yosemite.
Yosemite is a good half day’s drive from San Francisco, so we passed a couple of days in the city getting over the jet lag and stocking up on all the gas and backpacking food we needed at REI, as well as doing a bit of touristy stuff.
We had hired three cars between us, to take us on our travels.
Arriving at Yosemite, in the middle of the third afternoon, we passed a couple of hours seeing the tourist bits of the valley, before moving on to our campsite at Tuolumne Meadows.
At about 5,000ft, the valley is where most people congregate, but 60 odd miles away there is a wonderfully atmospheric campground at Tuolumne Meadows. This is up at 8,600ft and is a great base camp for spending some time acclimatising to the altitude.
So, for about 10 days, we passed the time on day walks in the surrounding area.
We didn’t all do the same routes together each day, but had a tendency to split into 2 or 3 groups, do whatever we felt like, then meet up again in the evening.
Once nicely acclimatised, we ventured out on an 8 day backpacking route into the wilderness, that Geoff and I had planned.
Once again, we didn’t all walk together, but had prearranged spots where we met up each night.
We all actually walked the same route, but found that we all packed up at different rates, walked at different speeds and got up at different times, so doing the walking individually or in small groups worked best.
The final two nights of the route were spent in the same spot, so that a nearby peak – Fletcher Peak – could be scaled.
Special memories 🙂