What could go wrong?

posted Jul 27, 2013, 8:48 AM by Paul Wagner   [ updated Jul 27, 2013, 8:50 AM ]
More Kolana Rock. That strip of trees on the cliff on the left is the trail to Rancheria Falls. ©http://backpackthesierra.com
Yvon Chouinard says that it isn't an adventure until something goes wrong...

It was the first trip of the season, and we were a little slow at getting back into the swing of things.  But what could go wrong?  We’d done this many, many times in the past.  Well, we are pretty darn experienced, but we still run into a few challenges along the way. 

Of course, we were not quite in hiking shape, so we were moving a bit more slowly than usual.  And it was really hot, so we were drinking more water than usual,  and consequently pumping more water than usual.

And the mosquitoes were really going gangbusters for the first few days as well.  That was no fun.  We now have two kinds of trips in our memory:  regular trips, and mosquito headnet trips.  This was a headnet trip. P doing HIS exercises.©http://backpackthesierra.com

And then P threw out his back on the morning of the second day, and M discovered that she had somehow forgotten to pack her foam seat pad.  It seemed as if the fates were against us.  But a series of stretching exercises, a lot of patience, and some determination got us going again.  And that got us over the pass and into Yosemite. 

That hot weather began to change, but not necessarily for the better.  We went from very hot and dry to cloudy and then thunderstorms for the rest of the trip.   But the rain came only on one afternoon, and by then we were set up in camp, with the tent ready for the lightning, thunder, rain and blustery winds.Inside the tent. The sprinklers never got any worse. ©http://backpackthesierra.com

And it wasn’t until the last day that the water pump really started to clog up, and we still had our Iodine tablets as an emergency solution for that. 

All things that we will think about the next time we head out on the trail.  And it won’t be long until we do that again.

So what could go wrong?  Lots.  But none of it kept us from having a great trip.