Monday, May 6, 2013

SLAY: the Vid!

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go."

-- T.S. Eliot

Here's the vid from our trip.

  • Carry a light load - this is not what you want to look like... I think with our skis, boots, bags, water... our bags were under 30 lbs.  This is the way to go.  Light, fast & free.  Makes everything much more enjoyable
  • Don't eat 10 lbs of beef ribs the night before... if you are Alexis.
  • If you are with Alexis, and he demolished 10 lbs of beef ribs, don't ski behind him for the rest of the tour.
  • Pre-purchase your checked bag for your skis... and they may not charge ya for the oversize
  • Stay at the Yosemite Bug Hostel on the way home... the spa would have done us wonders.  For our muscles & for making friends on the ride home.  The Amtrak didn't smell that great... but we certainily didn't help.
  • Cache, Cache, Cache!  It's awesome... here are some cache ideas.  Also note that at TM, there is a garbage can & recycling... so no worries about packing out there.  
    • Wine is good
    • Beer is better
    • Whisky is nice
    • Chocolate
    • Mac & Cheese? or Pasta with sauce
    • Thai Cuisine night
      • Curry paste, pre-cooked rice, canned coconut cream, canned straw mushrooms, bamboo shoots, tofu?.  
    • Caramel Corn was amazing.  
    • Beef Jerkey
    • Plantain Chips
    • Tea
    • Oatmeal/Grits/cheese
    • Salsa & Chips
    • Hot Choch
  • Cherish the logistics/train travel.  
  • Stay two nights at TM hut, and go ski Ragged Peak, Unicorn Peak, Johnson Peak, go check out Cathedral Peak... 
  • Think about the Yosemite Border Tour to Ostrander (in Moynier's book).
  • not staying at the TM hut for a few more days... 
  • not jumping into the Merced... apetor stylee

And a final Thanx to:

  • Brandon for hosting us in Mammoth, picking us up at the airport, and giving us a ride to the trailhead.
  • Rob & Laura - the TM winter rangers for being awesomely zen. 
  • Johnny & Paul for cache-ing the food and making this possible.
Fun Rating of 1.  

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