For the first day I'm planning only a short hike to give everyone a chance to adapt to the elavation and to see how everyone feels. There will be plenty of time to fish for trout in the three Sunrise Lakes. In case there are no fish and everyone wants to keep going we can decide to keep going to Cathedral Lakes.
On our second day we will cross Cathedral Pass. I plan this day also shorter with extra time for fishing at Cathedral Lakes.
On three day we will pass through Tuolumne Meadows, where we will resupply at the post office. There is lots of downhill, so I plan this to be our first 10 miler day.
On day 4 we will pass our second pass, Donohue Pass. By now we will hopefully be acclimated enough to have no issue with this 10 miler.
Day 5 brings another pass (Island Pass) and many lakes (Thousand Island Lake, Emerald Lake, Ruby Lake, Garnet Lake, Shadow Lake, Rosalie Lake). That will hopefully give us plenty of opportunity to catch our dinner
Day 6 brings us to Red's Meadow where we will resupply again. My brother and my stepmom will leave us here. From now on it will be only daddy and me. Let's see how this teenager will handle two weeks alone with dad.
Right after our re-supply we will climb all day. Luckily our re-supply is only for the next 5 days. Let's see whether we feel like fishing when we reach Duck Lake.
Purple Lake and Lake Virgina will hopefully yield some trout on this shorter hike.
We hike over Silver Pass to Lake Edison. There is a ferry that leaves at 4:45 pm for the other side. If we feel like it we can take it and go to Vermilion Resort to shower and buy some supplies. We can even take a zero day because my hike plan uses only 22 of the 23 days we have.
We start that day with a huge climb and will be happy that we didn't resupply at Vermilion Resort.
We plan to cross Selden Pass and get to Muir Ranch for re-supplies.
Today we will carry our heaviest pack on the hike. We just resupplied for 11 days which adds 22 pounds each to our packs and will have a hard time to even get it all into our bear canisters. It will be a long 10 miles uphill with our full packs.
We will follow Evolution Creek all the way up to Sapphire Lake. This day will hopefully see many trouts.
We will pass for the first time over 12,000 feet when we cross Muir Pass.
The day before we walked down into Le Conte Canyon. Now we have to climb out of it again.
For the second time we will be over 12,00 feet when we cross Mather Pass.
The passes keep coming and after Mather Pass the day before we are now crossing over our third pass that is 12,000 feet high (Pinchot Pass).
Crossing Glen Pass brings us the third day in a row very close to 12,000 feet.
Forester Pass is even over 13,000 feet high. This will be a challenging day. The fourth day in a row with a pass.
We are getting closer to Mount Whitney. Guitar Lake will be our last stop before it. We will have to make sure we take enough water from here. This will be our last day of fishing on the trail. It will be interesting to see on how many days we were able to supplement our food with self supplied fish.
We will have been three weeks on the trail and finally we stand on the highest mountain of the continental US. How will it feel to know it is over in a day? Happy to get to a shower and real food? Sad that it is all over? We will see.