It is hardly surprising that the initial stage of most mountain journeys involves laborious uphill hiking. Coming at a time when the typical hiker is out of shape, unacclimated, and transporting the heaviest load of the entire trip, the seemingly endless hillsides can elicit rumbling from even the hardiest backpackers.~Steve Roper from Sierra High Route
Tent Meadow to Upper Horseshoe Lake – 12.5 miles
Grouse Lake Pass * Goat Crest Saddle * Glacier Valley * Horseshoe Lakes
Okay people BIG Announcement – We are on day 2 of not using a GPS for navigation. Yes folks we are getting out the paper maps, reading the guidebook, orienting our maps, using landmarks for locations, and working together to agree on routes up and down all these passes, valleys, boulder fields, granite benches, and snow fields.
Well Roper, the author of The Sierra High Route doesn’t mess around making sure the hiker is getting the full value of the High Sierra on the first day: physically and mentally.