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Current thinking on where to leave backpacks for HD Hike?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:26 am
by dgilman

As you may know from another thread, my wife and I will be backpacking for 5 days, ending with HD on the last day.

We plan to camp above the JMX x CR junction the night before HD and exit via Happy Isles.

I'm curious on the current thinking for where to leave our large bags. I thought I read that leaving them unattended is a bad idea, but obviously don't want to trek up the cables with them. We could leave them at the campsite and break camp when we're done, but that seems like a lot of backtracking. I figure we'll use a small backpack for the climb itself.

Best practices for this?

Thank you!


Re: Current thinking on where to leave backpacks for HD Hike

PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:53 pm
by WanderingJim
There are usually piles of gear around the intersection of the JMT and the trail to Half Dome.

Unless you take the shortcut (over the edge of Half Dome :) ), you'll pass that point on your way back anyway.

Make sure any food is in a bear canister. I usually make sure my bear canister is under something heavy to discourage bears and away from my pack so I don't loose everything if a bear does go after my food.