Backpacking SEKI in June

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by oldranger » Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:07 pm

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You are over-thinking your trip. Relax! :p
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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by Wandering Daisy » Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:07 pm

Not sure I picked the right "smilie". Meant to get the plain smile. Sorry :o

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by dustybottoms21 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:08 pm

I'm too excited to relax :moon:

Skeeters or not, we're still taking this trip!!!

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by dustybottoms21 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:45 pm

We got our permits! The plan is to drive in from Fresno on the 19th and get a hotel nearby or car camp somewhere along the way.

We're trying to figure out how to hit the Giant Forest during our trip. According to Google Maps, it's a 70 min car ride from Rowell Meadow TH to the forest. It's only 32 miles so I assume Generals HWY has low speed limits. I guess we'll play it by ear but I'm thinking it makes most sense to check it out on the 1st day before heading to the TH.

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by bobby49 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:22 pm

Yes, the Generals Highway is kind of slow. It has lots of curves, and the occasional black bear ambling across the pavement. Getting from Rowell Meadow to the highway is even slower.

Depending on what hour of the day you need, there is a free shuttle bus that runs from central Giant Forest out to Crescent Meadow, and I found it to be very handy.

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by c9h13no3 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:18 pm

dustybottoms21 wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:45 pm
We got our permits! The plan is to drive in from Fresno on the 19th and get a hotel nearby or car camp somewhere along the way.

We're trying to figure out how to hit the Giant Forest during our trip. According to Google Maps, it's a 70 min car ride from Rowell Meadow TH to the forest. It's only 32 miles so I assume Generals HWY has low speed limits. I guess we'll play it by ear but I'm thinking it makes most sense to check it out on the 1st day before heading to the TH.
Can probably see Grant Grove before/after grabbing your permit the day before. It's totally worth seeing some giant trees though, even if it is far from a wilderness experience. I personally didn't see a huge difference between Grant Grove & the Giant Forest, but you should certainly visit one.

And keep in mind you don't actually have a permit. You'll have to visit the ranger station, and listen to a long speech about not being an idiot.
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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by dustybottoms21 » Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:58 am

Thanks. Grant Grove seems to make more sense from a logistics standpoint. We’ll either see that the day before TH or the morning of since it appears to be on the way from Fresno. The giant forest looks like it would add a couple hours to our trip since it’s a bit out of the way which we would rather not do.

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by dustybottoms21 » Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:19 pm

So we're thinking about ditching the tent on this trip and just do some hammock camping.

We'll have bug nets and cover as well. Locating trees to hang from certainly does not look it will be a problem. Just wanted to post this in case anyone has a compelling reason why this would be a bad idea in SEKI.

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by AlmostThere » Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:41 pm

As long as you still have insulation underneath that would be adequate, tho being above treeline would take some adapting to using chocks in the cracks of large rocks. Long, long polypropolene straps and adjustable suspension highly recommended. Using a pad instead of an underquilt gives some additional versatility just in case you have only dead trees around and need to bivy on the ground.

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by dustybottoms21 » Tue May 21, 2019 3:29 pm

We're a little less than a month away. How are conditions looking currently between Rowell Meadow TH and Skillman Pass?

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