Thanks for your comments mate. I really appreciate the encouragement about choice of walk. We have just poured over the maps and figured that it would be a great and reasonably remote area to walk. And yes ..... we have never walked in the US wilderness before so in that sense it is once in a life-time. I have travelled to the US on business many times but can't remember ever having a holiday there. Lots of time spent in outback Australia and in remote areas of Europe but never the good old US of A.
We will be leaving Mono Village on 24 August and walking a big loop (round 60 miles). I can't remember the all the place names but essentially west, then south, east then north through Matterhorn Canyon then west past Sawtooth Ridge and back. We can't wait of course and have been increasing our training to prepare etc.
We are well prepared for bugs (come on we're from Australia
!) and thanks, we certainly understand the need to re-pack food into the cannisters. (10 days has got to be a US record from what I understand !) We have two stoves and were planning to boil all of our water. I have read some comments about the value of pump filters and would appreciate any advice/comments regarding the their value to weight ratio.
I must admit, whilst we had taken on board the comments about river conditions, we had assumed (hoped) that by late August the water levels would be low enough not to cause us any issues. Comments about cross rivers early in the day rather than late are very helpful.
Given the recent winter in the US, should we expect problems with river crossings as late as August 24 - Sept 2 ??
Best wishes Tim