The Takeaways – Half Dome, Yosemite
What do you mean it’s only August?
It’s only August. But I still feel like I’m running out of time before we depart (in March of 2016. that’s like… 7 months away, time is short here people!!!!) I’m equal parts excited and nervous right now, and the best way to calm my nerves is to prepare. Obviously, my favorite way to prepare is to go backpacking.
Eric and I went backpacking in Yosemite in July and here are some things I took away from the trip.
I love my tent.
II feel super justified in spending way too much money on it. Eric and I used to squish in to a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2. It was a nice tent. We really liked it. It kept us dry through at least one incredibly aggressive shoulder season rain storm. But it was squishy, as backpacking tents tend to be. We decided we wanted a 3 person tent, and damn the extra weight. We want to “decrease opportunities for conflict.” Well the tent we ended up with is a zPacks Triplex and it weighs less than our old two person tent anyway… Sweet cuben fiber baby jesus. (But oh, the $$$$).
Food weighs… a lot
This was the first time I was out in the woods for more than 2 nights. We had enough packed for a 5 day, 4 night trip. It made my very reasonably light pack feel quite heavy (don’t get me started on my Dad’s not so reasonably weighted pack.) It made me glad that I have worked hard over the last 6 months to decrease my base weight. The gourmet hot chocolate packets are totally worth it.
Sunrise is so worth it. Hiking is so worth it. It’s all just fucking worth it.
We woke up and night hiked to make it to the summit of Half Dome for sunrise. We didn’t quite make it that far, we stood on the sub-dome as the first rays of light hit the summit. But good lord I feel like a new person from that experience. As much as I wanted a cheeseburger at the end of it, what I really wanted was someone to deliver me a cheeseburger and let me hike on.
I miss my backpack already. I totally miss my tent. I miss being dusty, I miss washing off in really cold water. I’m still practicing present-ness and waiting-ness and not jumping all around my cubicle incessantly-ness but discussions about when who is quitting a job have increased a lot since we’ve been back. It’s time to start settling out some details.
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