Sep 11, 2008 at 3:47 pm #1231128
Hey all –
If anyone is interested in hiking the Sierra High Route next summer — a trip that gets my full endorsement — you may find some of the content I posted on my website useful: Sierra High Route.
There is a major lack of good information about the SHR, so I'm trying to help fill the gaps.Sep 12, 2008 at 9:34 am #1450962
Good stuff Andrew. I like the post-hike comment section on the gear list.Sep 12, 2008 at 9:53 am #1450967
Great info Andy. Thanks for taking the time to put together such valuable info on the SHR.Sep 13, 2008 at 5:47 pm #1451060
I've been kicking around the idea of the SHR for the last year or so. Maybe not in 2009, but soon! Thanks for posting.Sep 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm #1451517
@scottbentzLocale: Southern California
That is a great story. I would love to hike this. Maybe 2010 since next summer I'll be hiking the JMT for the first time with my wife and 2 kids. Thanks for the report.Sep 18, 2008 at 4:41 pm #1451523
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I just watched the video and "WOW" I liked the Iceland one lots – that topped it and more.Sep 19, 2008 at 6:12 am #1451556
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
A lack of good info meant adventure. oh well.Sep 19, 2008 at 9:29 am #1451571
@sharaldsLocale: Gallatin Range
I personally enjoy reading and writing trip reports. There is no shortage of amazing places to visit that have little to no information about them for the adventurer.
Andy, I enjoyed your High Route report (well, all except the fact that your beer of choice was Coors). The video was entertaining and the bit where Buzz is glissading is just stellar. The note about hating the bear canister in the gear list was funny as well.
Another SHR trip report I've enjoyed perusing for a couple years can be found here:
* edit – I just noticed that you gave Chris' "Lost and Found" page I noted above credit in your report as well, Andy. Cheers.Dec 9, 2008 at 5:16 pm #1463259
I finally received permission from TOPO! to distribute a Sierra High Route map set. For anybody considering doing the entire SHR or incorporating it into another Sierra trip, these maps are invaluable and will save you a lot of time compared to putting your own together.
Information about the maps and ordering instructions are available on my website: http://www.andrewskurka.com/SHR08/mapsforsale.php.Dec 18, 2008 at 4:43 pm #1465267
Thanks for doing all your hard work to put the SHR info together for us.
Looks like a pretty good bargain.Dec 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm #1465709
Could you describe your menu? The Bearikade Weekender is not that big. Did you consider their larger canister v. having a resupply?
Thanks, and I ordered your CD.Dec 21, 2008 at 2:10 pm #1465710
My diet on the SHR was very similar to the one I followed on my Great Western Loop: http://www.andrewskurka.com/GWL/diet.php.
We took the smaller canister because we didn't want to carry one at all and at least having "a" canister would be better than not carrying one, even though on the first day, maybe first two days, all of our food did not fit inside them. Much easier to explain to a ranger…
Moreover, I'm not sure the bigger canister would actually fit in the Jam2 — the weekender marginally fits as is.
Seeing as how the SHR took us right past Red's and Tuolumne, it would seem foolish to *not* resupply — Why bother carrying the extra weight?Dec 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm #1465729
Seeing as how the SHR took us right past Red's and Tuolumne, it would seem foolish to *not* resupply — Why bother carrying the extra weight?
Did you develop this concept in your early formative "years" – hiking the AT? : )
My belief is: if you are close enough to smell the coffee, then seek its source.
No one ever got an award for walking right past a bar & grill while in a tired and hungry condition. Look at these things as gifts from the gods.Dec 21, 2008 at 3:50 pm #1465735
On the AT I stopped at a lot of places that I would never nowadays.
My general rules of thumb are: if it's on the trail, use it; if it's just off the trail, AND if I have not resupplied in a while, use it; if it's really far off the trail, skip it and carry more food.
On the Great Western Loop the average distance between resupply points was about 140 miles apart. Longest was 380 miles, along the MT-ID border from Anaconda, MT, to Macks Inn, ID.Dec 21, 2008 at 5:11 pm #1465747
average distance between resupply points was about 140 miles apart
For you, about 4 days on average on the GWL (33 mi/day?).
On the SHR, weren't you guys in low 20 mpd? What would be your guess of average miles per day for an average SHR hiker?Dec 22, 2008 at 1:00 pm #1465898
Yes, about every 4 days. I would happily have gone longer without resupplying but, like I said, if I'm walking right past a PO, hiker hostel/lodge/motel that will take packages, etc. it'd be foolish and contrived to not use the service.
I address the mileage question, in addition to a lot of other questions prospective SHR hikers may have, at the bottom of this page: http://www.andrewskurka.com/SHR08/hiking.php.Dec 25, 2008 at 8:04 am #1466401
The Sierra High Route Map Set
Fantastic! Don't know if I will hike all of it, but I plan to at least do parts of the SHR this summer. I really like the way you show "the way" versus a red line.
I'm sure you expended quite a bit of effort on the SHR map set. Great work! Really professional quality.
Plus – your web site info on the SHR is very informative.
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