That is right. UNSUCCESSFUL. I hiked back the Johnson Pass Trail on Friday night. Got about 1/2 way back and had to set up camp because it was getting dark. Was awaken in the middle of the night with a VERY large roar. I think a Griz stumbled upon my camp in the middle of the night. (mental note: buy a tent with windows).I sat inside wondering if he was gonna pounce. Never heard a squeak from him since. Woke up the next morning to pouring down rain. I decided to stay in the tent and pack up if/when things cleared up. About 5pm, the clouds finally started to lift and I hiked the rest of the way to Bench Lake. The trail was overgrown (6 foot tall) with all kinds of weeds. Half the time, couldn't see the trail. Set up camp at Bench Lake. Next day was beautiful. Sunshine...until I started to climb up a high mountain valley. The brush was so THICK that It took me 4 HOURS to climb up to 2500 feet. The alders/grass/weeds/parsnip/etc... was a FRIGGIN' NIGHTMARE! After 4 hours of what felt like walking through quicksand, with only 3 or 4 dozen faceplants I made it up to some BEAUTIFUL scenery. BLah...blah...blah... anyway. I saw only 2 goats in 3 days. They were about 5,000 feet up a sheer rock face. Spiderman would've **** himself if he had to climb up after those goats! Took 3 more hours to get back down to base camp just cuz of the bushwhacking ! (Mental note: pack in brushhog, weedwhacker, and machetes). I stumbled the nine miles back out the following morning. Passed up two Greenies on the trail who were shocked to see somebody with a gun. I was shocked to see them "without" a gun! There was sign of bear EVERYWHERE ! I told them that I was Goat Hunting. THey told me that they don't believe in guns...they believe in Bear Spray! I asked them if they planned on climbing 5000 feet up a cliff and spraying a goat with it hoping that the goat would be blinded and run off of the cliff. They didn't think it was funny. I did.
Anyway....the bushwhacking on this trip seriously kicked my ass. It was like a 72 hour workout. I've been doing a lot of cardio since the beginning of the year, but I can honestly say my ass was kicked.
The kicker is...I can't wait to regroup and go out again. This time...I think I'll wait for snow to push them down a little.If anything, it'll probably be easier without all the bushwhacking...or am I just fooling myself???