We survived our first of hopefully many more long distance hiking trips! I had an unreal time. It was hard, especially the very steep parts, but so worth it. The first day was mostly uphill through forested trails but towards the end of the day the trail opened up into a huge meadow full of marmots. One which we didn’t notice until we were almost on top of it just sat there eating tubers less than 5 ft away not scared of us at all. Our first campsite was in a treed in area in the middle of the meadow. The campsites were really cool, winding trails led through tent pads from the picnic table/food area to the food storage area and also an outdoor toilet with one heck of a view.
The second day we started off through another meadow going up even further into the mountains. Then we hiked across the side of a sandy/rocky range and up to a glacial lake which was the most beautiful shades of green/blue and incredibly clear. I wanted to dive in so badly! After that was an intense climb up over the mountain top behind the lake. It was like being on a Stairmaster for an hour straight after already hiking uphill for 3 hours that day. We took a lot of breaks.. The view from the top was just amazing and it only got better as the day went on. We stopped to take a short video at the highest point of our hike. It was super windy at the top. At one point we could lean almost all the way into the wind and have it keep you standing upright.
Then the trail continued across the mountain range and finally, near the end of the day, headed down to the campsites back below the tree line. We set up our tents and went to have some dinner with a Belgian couple we had met the day before. The final day was mostly a downhill trek back down the mountain and to the parking lot where our car was waiting having taken the shuttle up to the start of the hike. We lucked out with weather and had beautiful sunny days the entire trip. I honestly could not have asked for a better first 3 day hiking trip. I can’t wait to do it again. I figured I would include a list of the food we brought with us. I was considering trying to do the hike solely on plant based foods but I caved and brought some cheese.
Food for both of us for 3 days:
- 2 wholegrain bagels and 2 wholegrain and berry bagels
- sliced sharp cheddar cheese
- cherry tomatoes
- trail mix
- freeze-dried primavera pasta
- wild grain rice with a can of vegetable soup (transferred to a Ziploc baggie) and croutons
- Oatmeal mixed with brown sugar and dried cranberries
- Blueberry granola with powdered milk (Shadoe’s breakfast)
- 2 dark chocolate bars and an eatmore bar
We could have done with a little bit more food. The primavera pasta we thought would have been enough for us both but turns out it was a single serving. Otherwise, a very good menu for our first trip and most importantly 100% vegetarian! Next time with a little more planning I think I could make it entirely plant based by subbing in some homemade vegan cheese. I just ordered “Artisan Vegan Cheese” by Miyoko Schinner off amazon and I’m very excited for it to arrive! I also ordered 5lbs of pickling cucumbers and 40lbs of canning tomatoes plus dill and basil from our organic food box so adventures in preserving should be starting right away. I’ll keep you updated =D.