By Jörgen Johansson
|From my thru-hike of the John Muir Trail in October 2015.|
|Drying out sleeping bag and drying newly rinsed clothing at VVR in 2015|
A resupply south of Vermillion would be nice or I will have to carry food for two weeks, which is a bit like going to the dentist. I can do it but I do not like it. I have some tentacles out. Somebody might be able to deliver a food package in person the the ranger station at Cedar Grove. Or the Cedar Grove Lodge will, or will not, accept a mailed resupply box. I will find out before I leave Mammoth Lakes.
|My white HMG Porter pack will accompany me this year as well.|
The gear I bring will be almost the same as last year. Starting with the pack, it will be my Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter Pack 4400 simply because I need to bring a bear canister and might need to carry two weeks of food. Nothing else in my garage is big enough. The pack weighs 1060 grams including my homemade outside stuff pocket.
Like last year, my sleeping bag will be my Western Mountaineering Super Ultralite. It weighs 890 grams and is nice when night frost creeps into the tent. I will bring two pads as usual. One full length closed cell foam, the Laufbursche UL Mat at 150 grams. The other is an Exped Synmat Hyperlite M (370 grams) and keeps my bones sofly cushioned against the hard Sierra rocks.
|My condensation proof (?) shelter during Coast2Coast Sweden 2016|
All in all my three big ones will weigh 3090 grams which I deem to qualify as 343 or "3 for 3" since I am the one that invented the 343 rule :-)
|Haglofs shoes and Goretex shoes worked very well in the snow on the JMT last year.|
On my feet I will wear my Haglofs Hybrid II with a double layer of thin merino socks. As a backup for rain and snow I will bring a pair of Rocky Goretex socks and my old Helly-Hansen pile socks for insulation. Cooking will be done on my Primus ETA Lite canister stove.
That is about it, I guess. The High Sierra in autumn is a wonderful place. The crisp air makes it possible to see forever. The low incidence of hikers reminds you of when the world was young. The sun shines most of the time and temperatures in the daytime are like a warm Swedish summer. The nights however clasp a frosty hand around you, telling you that winter is near. Hiking the Sierras in October is flirting with winter. But it is worth it.