2003 Desolation Wilderness Backpacking Trip
(Thursday, 28 August - Sunday 31 August, 2003)
See also my photo gallery from this
Sarah and I spent much time in the weeks before this trip gathering gear and
figuring out our meal plan and the like. We found several tasty-sounding
recipes in Lipsmackin'
Backpackin' that didn't require a dehydrator. I'd also been reading Ray
Backpacking and Ryan Kestenbaum's excellent the
Ultralight Backpacker, and was keen to apply some of the techniques
therein to lighten my load. On my last backpacking
trip (my first as an adult), my pack weighed in at a hefty 50 pounds, so I
figured it would be relatively easy to reduce that by a fairly significant
amount. I did manage to get my pack down to 40 pounds - still a fair bit more
than I wanted, but a significant improvement at least!
After unpacking and repacking my backpack a zillion times, Wednesday
night finally rolled around, and Sarah and I drove to my parents' home in
Auburn to spend one final night in civilization.
On Thursday morning, we had a tasty breakfast at Sweet Pea's in Auburn then
drove to Lake Tahoe. I'd never been sure if it was faster to take Hwy 80 or
Hwy 50 to South Tahoe, so this time we took 80 and I concluded that 50 is
definitely much faster. Oh well, Hwy 80/89 is a prettier drive at least!
Read on below for the day-by-day trip report:
||7 - mostly clearly marked, but faint past Lake of the Woods, and very
rocky around Suzie and Heather lakes.