Backpack trip into wilderness

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    Our coffee at the trailhead in the campsite near the vehicles is always freshly brewed in an old fashioned percolator.

    Our coffee on the trail is a premixed concoction of instant coffee, coffeemate, and sugar.

    I have found that under any strenuous circumstances, coffee is always the first thing that the body craves.

    And scrambled eggs with ham or bacon bits in it is always the second thing.

    So those are the fist 2 things I make on any given morning out on the trail.
     
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    The only dangerous thing about setting up your tent directly under a tree is the lightning.

    I prefer to be away from the trees a bit.

    We saw lots and lots of old dead trees that had been struck by lightning previously.
     
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    But then I'm hunting off the tracks in this sort of stuff...

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    Note that within the Whitney Zone you are REQUIRED to pack out your poop.

    This will be a new experience for you.
     
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    Not under a standing tree, usually a fallen one, or a cleft in the rocks. The hardest spot I ever slept in was a dry lake bed in the desert. That sucked. I camped on Tableland Meadows one year, which is above the treeline, and other than the fucking mosquito's that tried to suck me dry, I had a good time. I killed 935 of them in an hour!
     
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    My ideal is to bring 2 firearms -- one 22LR pistol for small game and one 12 gauge shotgun loaded with alternating slugs and double aught buck for self defense.

    But obviously in the Whitney Zone there are way too many people to forage for game.

    Elsewhere, I have always seen plenty of grouse, quail, rabbits, squirrel, and an occasional snake for dinner.

    I have never tried rats but they must be similar to squirrel. A Chinese babe I used to date said that rat meat tastes pretty good.
     
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    You're a Kiwi? That's North Island near Gisborne. We hunted Sika near there one year.
     
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    I have camped on Emerson Lake in the Mojave Desert (on Federal restricted land).

    Worse than the mosquitoes are the biting flies called kissing bugs.

    I am really spoiled now and won't go anywhere without my 2 person tent, air mattress, sleeping bag, and poncho liner. I like being toasty warm and dry at night, and not getting bitten by bugs of any kind.
     
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    That's just on one mountain, not the PCT in general.

    Actually, Whitney doesn't sound all that appealing to me with all the waiting list/permitting, regulations and crowds. I'm sure it's awesome but all that red tape is a buzz kill.
     
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    You are correct.

    However my buddy really wanted to try and summit it.

    But summiting Whitney is always if-fy even on a good day.

    This trip we got rained out, with sleet.

    Last trip, we got snowed out and could not ascend to the top.

    The 3 times I did it prior everything went ok and I made it all the way to the top. But I did not bring a camera. But cameras back in those days were not digital yet.
     

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