Latest Tales from the Tinman -2017


Trail Angels at High Altitude - July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I'm out hiking the JMT from Kearsarge Pass to Taboose Pass with Ben Spillman, when to our surprise we came upon a group of Trail Angels dispensing beer and tacos below the southern approach to Glen Pass. These events are extremely rare and this was my second lucky day in crossing paths with high altitude trail angels along the JMT. The first occasion was during a southbound hike at Muir Hut, where the "Boys from the Bay" [Graham, Javin and Joe] were offering thru-hikers beer and hot-dogs for a few special days in August 2006 see my 2006 JMT page

The Taco Hut folks returned to the JMT in September; to surprise thru-hikers at Purple Lake and on this occasion assisted by Ben Spillman who also recorded their unique story for the Reno Gazette Journal. The ultimate aim of Taco Hut is to provide trail snacks at Muir Hut, like the Boys from the Bay did in 2006.

 

 

 

  • July 26, by Glen Pass:  The Senor Muir's Taco Hut Gang from Los Angeles July 26, by Glen Pass: The Senor Muir's Taco Hut Gang from Los Angeles
  • July 26, by Glen Pass:  The Senor Muir's Taco Hut Chef - cooking Tacos. July 26, by Glen Pass: The Senor Muir's Taco Hut Chef - cooking Tacos.
  • July 26, by Glen Pass:  The Senor Muir's Taco Hut Gang setting up. July 26, by Glen Pass: The Senor Muir's Taco Hut Gang setting up.
  • August 2006, another time, another place: Beer & hotdogs at Muir Hut. August 2006, another time, another place: Beer & hotdogs at Muir Hut.
  • July 25, campsite at the Pond above Bullfrog Lake. July 25, campsite at the Pond above Bullfrog Lake.
  • July 25, campsite at the Pond above Bullfrog Lake. July 25, campsite at the Pond above Bullfrog Lake.
  • July 26, Ben's and my tent at the joint campsite. July 26, Ben's and my tent at the joint campsite.
  • July 26, A serendipitous meeting with the O'Neill family hikers. July 26, A serendipitous meeting with the O'Neill family hikers.
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Living Without Walls, at VVR - Sept

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A late season hike, via Mono Pass and the Edison Ferry to Vermilion Valley Resort [VVR] in order to make a special delivery. Julie O'Neill, the author of Living Without Walls had asked me to deliver a copy of her book to Jim Clements, the owner of VVR, who we've both known for many years from our yearly hikes on the JMT.

In late September, I hiked from Mosquito Flat over Mono Pass with my newfound friend, Randy. Because of an early snow storm in the area, our journey across the Pass and descent into the Mono Creek drainage was cold and difficult. Our first night was spent near the Fourth Recess and the second at the Mott Creek Crossing. We took the morning ferry to VVR on the third day, to spend two nights of fine hospitality at the Resort.

  • The author of Living Without Walls, Julie O'Neill. The author of Living Without Walls, Julie O'Neill.
  • Relaxing at the trailhead before heading off into snow. Relaxing at the trailhead before heading off into snow.
  • Randy on the east side climb to Mono Pass from the trailhead. Randy on the east side climb to Mono Pass from the trailhead.
  • Randy in the snow on the summit of Mono Pass. Randy in the snow on the summit of Mono Pass.
  • Looking north from the Pass down to Summit Lake. Looking north from the Pass down to Summit Lake.
  • Me at the crossing of Mott Creek on the JMT. Me at the crossing of Mott Creek on the JMT.
  • VVR's welcoming sign. VVR's welcoming sign.
  • Randy talking with PCT thru-hikers: Sour Straw & Pinata. Randy talking with PCT thru-hikers: Sour Straw & Pinata.
  • Randy talking with Lisa, who with Josh was hiking the JMT. Randy talking with Lisa, who with Josh was hiking the JMT.
  • Randy in the morning light at VVR, packing up. Randy in the morning light at VVR, packing up.
  • Randy on our way out to Mosquito Flat ... with dark closing in. Randy on our way out to Mosquito Flat ... with dark closing in.
  • Bear Spire Peak in the gathering dusk. Bear Spire Peak in the gathering dusk.
  • Me on our way out to Mosquito Flat ... with dark closing in. Me on our way out to Mosquito Flat ... with dark closing in.
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