Boy Scout Sierra Hike

A few weekends back my Scout Troop 555 from Huntington Beach set out to spend the weekend hiking around the Sierra mountains out of Mammoth, CA.  Thirteen boys and leaders plus a handful of day hikers caravaned  to base camp and had one last hot meal before the next four days of dehydrated food and fish.

Our view was amazing.  The mountain peaks with patches of snow towered above us and their reflection  covered the glassy surface of the lakes.

Each day we packed all of our belongings into our packs and followed the trail approximately 5 miles to our next camp.  The spectacular cliffs and stone formations compelled us to seek what was around the next bend.  As always it’s important to stay on the trail, because getting lost in the wilderness is dangerous.

We stopped at three of the many lakes in this area.  In the middle of the summer heat cooking Southern California,  at an altitude in excess of 9,000ft we were huddled in jackets and long underwear and snuggling deep into our sleeping bags at night to keep warm.

All around us there was evidence that we are only guests in the forest.  The land here belongs to the wild life. These bear scratches helped to remind us to clean up our food scraps and keep our snacks safely secured in a bear box.

Ansel Adams Wilderness was named for a famous photographer and environmentalist know for his black and white photographs of western scenery.

Water breaks were also a time for the guys at the front of the line to chat with guys from the back.  After hours hiking in a line it’s nice to see your travel companions.

Just can’t get enough of those views.

Here is a picture of our line of scouts trekking along the path.

The color of the water reminds be of the Bahamas.  No spear fishing today, the water was warmer than the air temperature in the morning but I’m still sure and ice cube could survive until noon here.

Thousand Island Lake was one of the two big lakes we visited, the rest of them were more like large ponds.

The water must come from melting snow accumulated during winter storms.

Around every corner is a photo opportunity.   We went bouldering here, climbing on the rocks and shimming up the cracks. Granite provides great traction.

Ancient Bristlecone Pines are abundant.

Do you think I took this trip for the views or the hiking, how about the camping or delicious dehydrated foods.  No, none of that, I came for the fishing.  I was snoozing with my hood up protecting my fresh haircut from the biting wind when this fish jumped on my line. MMmmmm, he was much tastier than my freeze dried biscuits and gravy.

I caught this little guy with my hands.  He was lucky I wasn’t hungry, so I located him to a bigger pond.  Over the 4 days I caught eleven fish.

A special thanks goes to our leaders Mr. Gartland and Mr. Rothbart for leading us on this hike and all the work they did to prepare us for a great time.

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