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November 27, 2013

Resident follows in Muir’s footsteps

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Then people appeared, crossing from the other side, so he decided to risk it.

“I was the first one up there, and I’m glad other people showed up so I could find the trail,” he said.

Beside people, Robinson encountered interesting critters including grouse, jays, squirrels, marmot and deer.

“One of the nice things about this trail is every hour or hour and a half, you have really nice fresh clear water,” he said.

He also saw many pretty flowers along the way. Between the peaks were the valleys. A long flat walk led to a steep mountain. He scrabbled over big slabs of rock and looked over ledges.

“I got lost a couple of times,” he said. “I didn’t get lost, lost. I just went further than I meant to.”

Stopping at the wrong place or reaching a destination ahead of time can affect things like resupply.

At one point, he followed a crystal clear creek for miles. The National Parks Service maintains the trails, which were mostly very nice. One day, he hiked 21 miles.

“By doing it the way I did, I really didn’t hit the high altitudes until the fifth or sixth day,” he said. He had to skip one peak because it requires ice axes, which are beyond his skill at this point.

Coming down from a glacier he saw cold, crystal clear creeks bubbling over rock and cascading down the mountain.

Hiking up mountains, he stopped often to rest. He experienced thunder, lightning, hail and fire danger. Getting rained on at 11,000 feet is cold, he said.

“One of the last things I bought was one of those microfiber towels, and I sure needed it,” he said.

Not all of the stream crossings along the trail had bridges. Some had logs, and some only had rocks. He learned how to cross them all.

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