Lol is the Enchanted Gorge really that hard? Most of the stuff I read on it and pictures posted it didn't look that bad but still more trouble then I would like. I think it was said that it was more difficult getting down to Simpson Meadow then the Gorge is.
There are a few cross country bits I have planned that I know nothing about and I could find myself in an irksome situation. Some of those are "crossing from Volcanic Lakes to East Kennedy Lake" I know nothing at all about that saddle or what awaits on the other side. I will stay as high as I can and not drop to East Kennedy Lake if possible. Another section is following the outlet of Hortense Lake to the JMT. And from Goddard Canyon following the outlet of Davis Lake up.
Fishing is something I have been debating on. I have thought on and off about fishing or not fishing at all because of the extra weight of a pole and allot of that plays into the locations I will be at. But yes in the end it's a good idea not only for some good nutrition and straight good food but in case I have no food like I had a couple days last year were I was short a day or two and just ate fish. I have to admit that cooking them when you can't have a fire really sucks! My hiking stove burns the crap out of the fish and burns the titanium badly and then of course when I use oil it is a mess to clean up. This year I would bring some foil to help cook and I was considering the idea if I put some water into my pot then had the fish in the foil like a bowl and set it in the boiling water. Anyone ever try this?
Campfire, which may be very helpful with mental fitness, warmth, drying clothing out from the inevitable showers.
I never have much trouble with mental fitness while on the trail. Other then some good food everything I enjoy in the world is out there in the mountains. Being in society is just miserable so I have nothing to look forward to with leaving the mountains. The way my life is right now I could get up from this computer and walk out the door with nothing but the clothes on my back and never return or see anyone again and I wouldn't feel like I left anything behind.
As for showers that certainly is all a guessing game. 71 days out last year and rain on only 4 days. The two worst being it lightly sprinkling on and off for an hour later in the evening when my camp is already set. Or it could rain on me every single day for weeks lol. I typically have brought both a rain jacket and pants on these long hikes but I always end up sending my rain pants back home.
I do need to get out some time with the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew. I already am registered with them but the only project I have signed up for got rained out. I'll try to remember to check their site now and again to see what they have put up.
I am trying to get out with the PCTA this weekend but I may not be able to get to the project.
On a hike planning note has anyone ever been to the Silver City Resort at Mineral King? I'd like to be able to resupply there and am wondering what they have in their store and if I can "buy as you go".http://www.silvercityresort.com/map.html