The Pan American Trail

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by stoltzfii, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. Frazbmw

    Frazbmw Adventurer

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    I can't get enough of this. In hind sight I bet you guys will wish you filmed the whole thing. I would pay for this documentary.
  2. stoltzfii

    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    I know, filming it would be awesome. I love films, even poorly done ones, because you just can't beat video for portraying something well. Sadly it's just a lot of time, money, and equipment to do filming and James is much more into pictures. Film shots at that. There's always a trade-off I guess...
  3. stoltzfii

    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    So picking up where I left off.

    We planned on arriving in Lone Pine sunday evening (Nov 5th), but about 90 miles out we stopped for gas and realized we were close to a hot springs. So, obviously, that took priority over getting anywhere on time :) I highly recommend Shepherd Hot Springs to anyone in the Mammoth area, it’s awesome. Anyway, we ended up in Lone Pine Monday around noon and met up with Sterling. He had climbed Denali with us and we are great friends with him as he has mentored all of us in climbing and life in general. I was stoked to climb a technical rock face up Whitney with Sterling leading and setting the trad gear.

    Tuesday morning we drove up to Whitney Portal, packed our backpacks and headed up the Mountaineer’s Trail towards the base of Whitney’s East Face. A few hours later we were at the bottom of the face and we camped out for a early start Wednesday morning to the summit.

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    Wednesday we summited in 5 hours or so. It was slower with 4 people but it went well. I snagged a few pictures but wasted more time with the GoPro. I got some video but the 16gb memory card filled up quickly. It’s wild how much space GoPro footage takes!

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    At the summit of Mt Whitney. 14,500 feet. The highest point in the lower 48.

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    The descent down the Mountaineer’s Route went well and we got back to the tent just as it got dark. It was a great climb and a new experience for myself trad climbing!

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    Sterling Taylor. Couldn't have done it without him. Thanks bro!

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  4. OldCoot

    OldCoot Been here awhile

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    Just found your great ride report. Truly epic! Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.
  5. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    Another thrilling adventure! Good for you guys.
  6. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Can't wait until you boys hit the party down South. A great report, if only sparsely updated, every bodies got a bitch lol. Thanks for sharing the entertaining report.
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  7. stoltzfii

    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the positive feedback!
  8. stoltzfii

    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    Yes. I am so excited to hit Mexico. Jeremy and James are definitely more content then I am in the US, but for me the real trip starts once we finally get into Mexico.
  9. stoltzfii

    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    Right after we finished Whitney, Jeremy went to Joshua Tree to be with some of his family for a few days. After that he was going to his brothers place in LA to work on his bike since it needed a new rear brake caliper and rotor. So James and I had a about a week to kill. The next day we went climbing at Owen Gorge which is about two hours north of Lone Pine. It offered great sport climbing and beautiful views. That evening we camped at a hot springs a few miles south of Bishop. It was just outside of a resort which pumped the excess hot water out and there are quite a few hot pools just outside the fence which can be enjoyed for free :)

    I had been thinking about what I wanted to do for the next few days and I finally decided on hiking the High Sierra Trail. The trail starts at Whitney Portal, summits Whitney, then continues 75 miles west before ending in Sequoia National Park. Jeremy, James, and I had attempted the trail in the winter a few years ago and had been shut down only part of the way in due to a massive amount of snow. I originally wanted to do it in 2 days, but that required me to take my sleeping bag, bivy, and extra gear. So I decided to attempt it in one 24 hour push. Here is all the gear I packed.

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    4 AM Start

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    I drove up to Whitney Portal Saturday night (nov 11th) and camped out. I got up at 3:30 Sunday morning and hit the trail at 4 am. The next 24 hours consisted of a lot of running and hiking, and at 3:51 am Monday morning I arrived at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park. I was completely beat, it was probably the hardest I had ever pushed myself but I was glad I had done it.

    The High Sierra Trail offers so many beautiful views

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    The first 45 miles were cruiser but it got progressively harder and the last 10 miles were brutal. Either way, I was done and now needed to hitch hike and bus 300 miles back to my bike. There are no roads through the bike, which makes for very indirect driving from one side to the other :(

    It took a long time, two and a half days to be exact, but I finally made it back to my bike Wednesday afternoon. The real mvp was a man named Jeff. I bussed into Lone Pine after dark Tuesday evening. I still had 15 miles to my bike and it was too late to hitch hike. Also I didn't have anywhere to sleep since I had left my sleeping bag at my bike. I was friends with a guy Matt at an outdoor store in town so I stopped in to see if I could crash somewhere. Jeff was there and offered to take me to my bike the next day. He also said I could spend that night at a ranch nearby where he worked. I was stoked, not only did I get a place to sleep, but I also got fed. A true win win. I had a great time with Jeff who was a laid back and interesting local who simply loved to help people out. People like Jeff make the world go around.

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    From there I drove to Ventura where James was and hung out there for a few days resting and recuperating since I was extremely sore. We then drove down to LA where we met up with Jeremy and headed down to Joshua Tree (where we are now) for some rock climbing. Jeremy is spending Christmas in LA with family, so James and I are flying home over that time. Right after new years we are heading into Mexico, so until then we are mostly rock climbing and spending time in the beautiful weather of southern California.
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  10. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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    Reading this RR makes me feel like I wasted my younger years working pointless jobs instead of doing epic stuff like you guys are deliberately setting out to do. I said it before, but whatever sacrifices you are potentially making with waiting to start jobs, etc., know that you will look back on this time and think how glad that you were that you actually freakin' did it!

    Love that you are sharing the adventures, cheering for you all.
  11. stoltzfii

    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    Thanks man. Sometimes it feels the other way around; that I'm not challenging myself enough and I'm just wandering around on a bike. But I think you're right, everything can be done in time, and now is a great time to do this trip.
  12. chudzikb

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    My kids were climbing some of those rocks in Joshua Tree over the summer, they loved the place. Hopefully, it is cooler there now, than it was for us.
  13. stoltzfii

    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    Oh man, I bet it was hot in the summer. It's perfect temperatures now, warm in the day and cool at night. It's great for climbing.

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  14. vtcyclist

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    You guys are STUDS!! I've run a marathon, climbed Denali, Smith, Joshua Tree, ridden motorcycles all over North America, been cold and challenged in Alaska, but never all on the same trip. Not to mention knocking off Robson on what seemed like a whim. Much rrespect. Good on you for doing this when you can. (young, fit, footloose).

    Good luck with rest of your journey.
  15. stoltzfii

    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    [​IMG]I'm testing different photo hosting sites since you can only post 3 pictures a post through advrider. I used a Smugmug free trial for the last few posts which works well, but cost $45 or so a year. Flickr is free and it looks like it hosts so I'll give that shot. Here are a few pictures from Joshua Tree.

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    Well Flickr seems the way to go. Does anyone have opinions on what photo hosting site is best? I know a lot of people use Smugmug, but its expensive (compared to free) and Flickr seems to work just as well.
  16. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    I use Flickr and have never had any problems.
  17. poppawheelie

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    Photobucket got ridiculously expensive, so I canceled and lost all my pictures on ADVrider.
    I now use Imgur, recommended by another ADVrider.
    I know people use Flickr without complaints.
    Remember Imgur if ever in need again.
  18. Platypus-3in1

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    Flickr for free is Great!!!
    Before and after pictures you get all of their advertising ...

    like:
    "20171118_153309 by Allen Stoltzfus, on Flickr"

    I always hit options before posting and delete that part ...
    Its a hassle but for free I'm not complaining!
    I really like your passion for living ... Thanks for sharing!!!




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  19. stoltzfii

    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    That sucks. One of the reasons I didn't go with smugmug is if I canceled my plan down the road I would lose all the pictures on this thread.

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  20. stoltzfii

    stoltzfii Been here awhile

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    Thanks. And I didn't know I could delete the text after the picture, I'll be sure to do that. It was annoying me, didn't look as clean.

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