Santa Clara, CA - Suwei and I have kind of dropped off the map in the last month or so. We were supposed to go camping up near the Sierra Buttes in August and we had planned to go to Mexico for 10 days in September, but we didn't end up doing either of those things. Instead, since late August, I've been a bit house bound with a somewhat severe case of tummy trouble.
|This is your bile duct on Giardia|
I figure I must have picked it up on my last backpacking trip to Yosemite early in August. It was one of Arturo's trips, which meant we were going to walk a long way and up a fair amount of elevation. I had decided to go ultra-light and wanted to try out my new SteriPEN that Brian and Andrea got us. The SteriPEN is proven 99.9% effective for giardia. Either something went wrong or I'm in that lucky 0.1%.
Besides picking up a case of giardia, the worse mosquitoes I've seen in years and years, and the fact that we missed the peak we were aiming for, the trip was still a heck of a lot of fun. I'll still recommend it, just don't skimp on water filtration and bug spray. Here are a few photos and details from the hike:
Trail head: Chiquito Pass Trail Head - Elevation 7200 ft
Planned Destination: Merced Peak - Elevation 11,726 ft
Actual Destination: Merced Chiquito - Elevation 11,558 ft.
Distance: ~ 15 miles each way
Driving Directions: Here is a link for much better directions than I care to give (http://climber.org/driving/chiquito.html#chiquito). Please note that we started at the Chiquito Pass trail-head instead of the Quartz Mountain trail-head. Starting a Chiquito Pass ads a couple of miles to the hike, but significantly shortens the drive.
|High Water at Chiquito Lake|
|Chiquito Pass and the Border with Yosemite National Park|
|Following the South Fork of the Merced River|
|Johannes Makes his way up a very Scenic Ridge, Merced Chiquito Peak, Yosemite National Park.|
|Arturo atop Merced Chiquito with Merced Peak Directly Behind Him.|
|We Camped on the Rock Shelf to the right of this Meadow.|
We Learned that Mosquitoes Love Orange / Dinner on the Shelf
Alpenglow Above the Meadow
Climbing Merced Chiquito / Johannes Navigates Part of the Ridge Between Merced Chiquito and Merced Peak.
|fig. what-the-#$Y*! - Can you spot Merced Peak? Hint: It the one to the left of the photo.|
|The Hike out through Moraine Meadow|
Here is a link to the slide show:
|Backpacking to Merced Peak, Yosemite National Park, CA|
And here is a link to Arturo's slide show: https://picasaweb.google.com/105936391269677850066/MercedChiquito?feat=content_notification