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High Sierra Trail Culture Report IX: Late July to Early August 2010


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Saturday, July 31st

Cold Canyon to Tuolumne Meadows

Once you clear the McCabe Lakes Trail junction going South, it is almost all downhill through Cold Canyon to Glen Aulin.

It is 5.6 miles from Glen Aulin to TM along a grand stretch of the Tuolumne River.

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The San Diego Desert Crew.

They seemed uncomfortable in the mountains.

The guy with the stick is Stick, a PCT hiker. He found a big sitck he liked, and carried it down the trail.

I told him he was lucky he didn't collect rocks...

He was also part of the Mountain Air Group.



Could not stop talking about the Desert. Why are you in the Sierras?

The E Carson Headwaters to the Sonora Pass

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station

Hiking towards Brown Bear Pass

Brown Bear Pass to Stubblefield Canyon

Stubblefield Canyon to Cold Canyon

Cold Canyon to Tuolumne Meadows

These were some pretty cool dudes. there is also one other dude not named or pictured. Sorry.

We made a nice little circle, and sat there sharing our experiences. It was quite a nice little party.

These Guys were all part of Medic's Mountain Air Rock Festival Crew

Reckless, no pic

Pro from Dover, no pic

Hawkeye, no pic

Lone Ginger, no pic

As I was dropping down Cold Canyon, I came upon a group of PCTers from the Mountain Air Group.

We made a nice circle, and did what anyone in the fine Mountain Air of the Yosemite Backcountry would do: Share the Experience!

I had failed to buy extra batteries at Kennedy Meadows, so I was out of juice 'till Tuolumne. So if you have any pictures of these guys, Post Them UP!


Approaching Glen Aulin, descending down Cold Canyon to the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne.




Approaching Glen Aulin


Bensen Lake to Virginia Canyon map

Glen Aulin. A delightful place that I always stop at on my way to Tuolumne Meadows.

Leaving early from Glen Aulin always gets me to Tuolumne early and well rested.

Glen Aulin

The Glen Aulin Dining Room. This is where the people who ride out to stay in the cabins eat dinner.

It is part of the "Old" Yosemite, which treated the wilderness as some kind of fancy entertainment for the rich.

The kids who work here are great kids, but everyone should have to walk here.

Glen Aulin Dining Room

This group hiked to Young Lakes from Tuolumne, then took a Cross Country route to Glen Aulin. Good Work.

Congratulations especially go out to Mona, who's first backpacking trip was this really aggressive route.



Jagrup, Mona, Neeti, and Matt from Sacramento.

Met them twice: First at Glen Aulin, then here, where they were approaching TM as I was hitching out.


Jagrup, Mona, Neeti, and Matt





I spied a little guy, as I rushed by, in a real hurry to resupply, at Tuolumne Meadows!




Doe along Tuolumne River

Is it a Mecca, an Oasis for long distance backpackers, or is it a beach head for citiodiots to invade the wilderness?

It is all that, plus Tuolumne is The End Point of this little 100 mile Trip.



Tuolumne Meadow Services


Tuolumne Meadow's backpacker Services are centered in this tent cabin.




Tent Cabin Services





Dianna and Sarah are Delightful, Efficient, and really Helpful.

These are important qualities in a store as busy as the Tuolumne Meadows Store.





Dianna and Sarah keeping things rolling in the Tuolumne Meadows Store

Tuolumne Meadow's Store.

A veritable treasure chest of backpacker supplies.

This is the best store on the trails between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.


Tuolumne Meadows Store

The most important place in Tuolumne Meadows for a long-distance backpacker.

It is here you will pick up your resupply.

Note the tent cabin construction.

This means that it is unsafe to send your supplies in any thing that a varmit or mouse can chew through.

About 10  years ago the mice populations at Tuolumen Soared.

The mice over-ran the Post Office, and ate everything that was not in a mouse-proof container.

Tuolumne Meadows Post Office

This is the most important man in Tuolumne Meadows for long-distance backpackers.

This is the man who will deliver your resupply package to you.

He is pointing to the disco mirror ball that proves the Tuolumne Meadows Post Office is a global Disco Capitol.

Funny people, those Tuolumne Meadows Workers. It must be weird. Working in a natural wonderland flooded with rude city people...and the finest climbers and backpackers in the world.


Teech has a party ball: The Post Office Rocks!

I was eating cheese and bagles at the picnic table in front of the store. That is much cheaper than buying an 8 dollar crap breakfast from the Cafe.

No complaints about the Cafe Workers, they are really cool. But the corporate crap food served at the Cafe sucks big time at Tuolumne.

Anway, these two Germs were setting up food for a trip with "power bars" candy, and other foods that you did not need to heat.

I asked them why. They said they could not get fuel for their stove. They showed me the BBQ starter fluid they had bought for their little beer-can stove.


The Crazy German Backpacker Kids from Bavaria.

Ferdinand and Maximillion.

Yes, Germans pack fresh Garlic and Onions into the backcountry, to maintain their Germanic Dietary Codes.

I informed them about dehydrated Onions and Garlic, and I saw a light go off in their eyes.

Cool-but-Crazy- German Dudes bring fresh onions and garlic on the trail

They were convinced that there was no fuel for their stove in the store. I showed them that the store had the denatured alcohol they needed for their stove. They were happy about that.


BBQ starter does not work in alcohol beer can stoves.


Fairview Dome from the PCT leading South into Tuolumne Meadows

View of Fairview Dome nearing Tuolumne

The End of the High Sierra Trail Culture Report for Late July, Early August, 2010


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