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Tough year for backpacking
and a self plug ...
I had planned three short backpacking trips this year, followed by the next section of the JMT.
The memorial day trip to North Dome was canceled because, well Tioga Road wasn’t open until yesterday.
I had a permit for Stanford point in June, but I was single parenting that weekend and headed to India and missed that one.
My third trip is scheduled to Rancheria falls in Hetch Hetchy this upcoming weekend, but between the Pika Fire and the flu I caught on the flight back from India, it is starting to look iffy as well. Somehow, we have, in California, managed to get into a situation where heavy snow, massive water flows and wildfire all co-exist at the same time, making backcountry adventures even more harder.
This means that my section hike of the JMT in a few weeks would be the first backpacking trip of the year and the shakeout hike would be the first night at Cottonwood Pass camp ground. I do know that my gravity filter was broken and replaced it, maybe I should test everything at home this weekend to see what else needs a fix.
Now, for the self plug.
Over my summer break, I relaunched my photography website, this time using a full service storefront, with a focus on marketing and brand building. It is a challenge like no other, for an introverted programmer to scale, tougher than climbing the passes in the High Sierra, but here I am :).
To celebrate the launch of my brand new website, I’m giving away a 20"x30" metal print of "Valley View Dramatic Light" (retail value $270!) 🎉👉 (shipping to the United States only).
ENTER HERE: https://www.anands.net/new-website-giveaway
The winner will be announced on August 2, 2023.
I will also be providing EVERYONE who enters (even if you don't win!) a one-time discount to buy anything on my site at 20% off.
Good luck! 💪
BTW – I’d love to know what you think of my new website!