Trip ReportRunning and Fastpacking the Yosemite High Sierra Camp Loop
At the beginning of August my wife and I, along with one of my college friends, went on a big adventure run around Tuolumne. In the style of many ultra running type events we spent a good deal walking up the hills and enjoying the views. Our route followed the ~47 mile loop that connects the High Sierra Camps.
By staying at the High Sierra Camps we were able to go fast pack style with less than 10 pounds of gear each. Meals were cooked for us by the amazing High Sierra Camp staff and we slept in tent cabins. Not having to carry much food and getting hot showers was an amazing luxury in the backcountry!
We traveled clockwise starting from Tuolumne and staying at Merced Lake and then May Lake. This meant a brutal second day of running with less mileage and elevation on the first and last days. On Friday we climbed Cathedral Peak to help acclimatize.
Here is the video from our adventure! So much beautiful scenery and a large variety of terrain.
Weekend Stats (Friday - Monday):
Highpoint: 10,940 feet
Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 9931 feet
Pictures Taken: 500+
Miles Traveled: 51.9
Miles Run for the High Sierra Loop: 46.7
Hours Running: 13
High Sierra Camps Visited: 5
Tired Runners: 3
Nights Slept: 2 (Merced Lake and May Lake)
Summits: 1 (Cathedral Peak)
Garmin plots of the three days of running:
Toulumne to Merced Lake
Merced Lake to May Lake
May Lake back to Toulumne
More details and thoughts from Lizzy:
I think this is a good summary photo of the trip:
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