- We bailed via the Taboose Pass exit and ultimately made it out okay
- Medical issues : I contracted a chest cold in the days prior to our departure which I wasn’t too concerned about. From the beginning, however, all systems were not go. I figured I’d give it a good 24 hours to see if it would turn around. Sadly, my condition worsened to a state where pushing further on such a committing route would not have been safe. Symptom’s : nasty cough w/ lung material coming up, head-ache, and multiple (increasing in temperature) fevers.
- Ty was having a different set of challenges for the day so both of knew that an exit was the right call.
- Yes, we’re bummed, but as Ty says, “there’s no such thing as a bad day in the mountains.”
- We had a pretty awesome “reverse Badwater-esque” exit out to highway 395 from Taboose Canyon. If my fever weren’t enough, the conditions during our exit sealed the deal for some excellent Badwater training (i.e. marching into a fiery furnace)
- I’m reminded, yet again, how much I appreciate my great friend Ty Draney
- I’m also reminded, yet again, of how fortunate I am to be able to explore such beautiful and wild places
It’s finally here! Tomorrow (8/11/2015) morning Ty Draney and I will embark on the John Muir Trail. Below are several resources to track and gauge our progress:
- Online CalTopo map of the route with milestones identified
- Time-table with distances and our initial time estimates
- SPOT GPS tracker