Damn... I should have found a read this thread before I ever went into the Santa Lucias with Elliot... But any indication of Mr. Robinson and his previous antics may have led me to visualize a much grander adventure than the one that occurred in May 2010. I'll have to say that hiking from the Salinas Valley to the Big Sur coast was no easy task. With the few miles of belly crawls, tick swatting, personal misuse of bear mace, extreme poison-oak navigating and the endurance needed to travel continuously for 35 hours I still have say I had quite a pleasant time and had my first enjoyable outdoor bathroom experience in high winds.
I would conclude that any more information about Mr. Robinson may steer me away from future outings and a high distrust for what he may deem a "good idea". Hell, I'm only 22, I don't need this shi!t, but Elliot has a sick way of making it enjoyable. Now I just need to convince him that the East Face of Whitney and Fish hook Arete is an achievable task that could result in less exposure to poison oak and belling crawl bush-whacking!
Bushwhacking through the Santa Lucia's always makes budget hearings so much more relaxing for me. (Yes, I'm sitting through one right now and doing my best to be alert.) Nothing like crawling through a thicket for a few hours to give you some perspective. Looking forward to tooling around Shasta this weekend with my buddy Jack who must be 86 by now. Woohoo.
Santa Lucia trail is something I think is doable in 24 hrs. including summits of junipera serra and cone peak. It's haunting that I would consider doing it again just to get a faster time. If all the navigation goes smoothly and I don't have a personal misuse of bear mace, I think it could be done.
Mt Clark was good fun, perfect conditions...a trip report though...hmmm...not sure I can recreate the playlist...I'll tell you though it was prestty cool making my way through Little Yosemite Valley blasting Beethoven's 9th followed by the Sertab Erener cover of Dylan's One More Cup of Coffee.