Scared beyond reason, I set out on a trail I’d trotted many times to start my trip. The plan was a solo, six day, 100-mile fastpack closely paralleling the crest of the highest part of the Sierra Nevada. It would unnecessarily summit 18 peaks, cross 15 passes, accumulate 45,000’ ascent, and be approximately 50% off trail because all that is what I enjoy most.
Kim resides in the Eastern Sierra (Bishop, CA). She is an avid mountain runner and backcountry skier. In the summer months you can find her running big Eastern Sierra passes in the southern Sierra and cutting off cross country to scramble up a mountain or two or more! In the snowy months you can either find her running the canyons in the desert ranges across the Owens Valley, peak skiing, or out on a multi day ski tour to peak ski mountains deeper in the Sierra. Formerly a PT by trade, multiple traumatic brain injuries halted that path and led Kim to forming a new identity based on a life of endurance in the mountains and full of adventure.
Weather, snowpack structure, terrain, season (fall vs. winter vs. spring) or more specifically date (sun angle), and time of day are factors in determining safety