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Backpacking Success!

July 14, 2009

There were no injuries this time and we made it on our first overnight backpacking trip of the summer!!   Finally!  We climbed the highest mountain in Southern California, Mount San Gorgonio, about 2 hours east of Los Angeles to the trail head.  Mount San Gorgonio, 11,503 feet.  Our hike was 23.2 miles with 4620 feet of elevation gain.

Day 1:  We hiked 9 miles to camp in about 5.5 hours with ~25 lb packs.  We stopped at mile 5 or so to load up on water on at the spring (water is HEAVY).  We spent the afternoon and early evening relaxing around camp (realizing the only card game we knew the rules to was “war”!) and fell asleep shortly after running around taking pictures at sunset.

Day 2:  Up at dawn, went 2.5 miles at the summit at 7:00.  We hung out a bit, went back to camp, had breakfast, then packed up.  We hiked the 9 miles out in 4.5 hours, then stopped at In-n-Out to replenish some of the calories we used up that day.  Yum yum!  Our favorite meal is two burgers and one order of fries to share, and if we are feeling like a treat, a Coke.  And we are always feeling like a treat.

Here is a collage I quickly created in Picasa (which is an annoying collage program, btw — why can’t I drag pictures around?)

San Gorgonio

Cost:  Gas and food, pretty much.  Sunscreen and a map.  The permit was free and we already had a parking pass.  And like I’ve said, lots and lots of gear.

It was a great hike — challenging, but not so exhausting that it wasn’t fun.  Very good training for our Big Hike coming up late this month.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2009 7:42 am

    Wow – beautiful pictures!

  2. apieceofwood permalink
    July 14, 2009 10:03 am

    Lovely lovely pictures!

  3. July 14, 2009 11:01 am

    I had the same problem with picasa, but I think if you use the “pile” type collage, it’ll let you resize and move the pics around. Hope that works for you!

  4. July 14, 2009 11:02 am

    It looks very pretty up there! Do you guys set up your own tent?

  5. July 14, 2009 11:10 am

    @everyone – Thanks!

    @jean – Hmm, I’ll give that a try next time. I do like how quick and easy it was to create it though.

    @LA Daze – yep, that is our tent we brought in the one photo

  6. July 14, 2009 1:10 pm

    Great pictures! I wish you lived closer – the 4 of us could go for hikes. 🙂 We don’t know any other couples who like hiking – or could do the +2500 m elevation hikes.

    P.S. I LOVE the first meal after a hiking trip. It’s always so ridiculously tasty and you never ever feel guilty if you eat something not particularly healthy either.

  7. July 14, 2009 5:24 pm

    We don’t have any backpacking couple friends either! If you ever plan any hikes in California (even northern) let me know!

    After in-n-out, we made a pepperoni pizza and ate the whole thing. Sounds disgusting, but it was thin crust and not greasy like Pizza Hut. But still!

  8. July 14, 2009 9:19 pm

    Gorgeous pics!!! I love hiking/camping, and did a bit of hiking recently but haven’t camped in about 2 years. This looks amazing, I want someone to do it with 🙂


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