Zero Day

Kearsarge Lakes

Zero Day = Hiking day with zero miles hiked. 

I was ready for a Zero Day. We had hiked over Forester Pass and then had a seven mile diversion, off the JMT, over Kearsarge Pass (elevation 11,800) down to Onion Valley to resupply in Independence.

Resupply meant picking up a new supply of food for our next 7 hiking days … also means a lot more to carry.

We got to Independence in good time and enjoyed a shower, burger and sleep in a real bed.  Taking the next day off to just rejuvenate, rehydrate, relax, re everything sounded fascinating to me.

Not gonna happen.


We kinda compromised, hiked back over Kearsarge Pass (longer from this direction) and stopped early for a lovely day at Kearsarge Lakes, having tea by the shore, watching the fish jump, and enjoying the sun.

Seven days done.  Monster passes ahead



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Victor Doerksen

This blog is written to be a kind of virtual trail guide to those who are already into hiking and trekking .... and an inspiration to those who are just beginning to contemplate extended hikes/backpack trips. Hiking is AWESOME!

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