Day One: 6.8 Miles & +4812 Vert/-1791 Vert
Looking at my Full Moon app this spring, I went through my calendar and marked all of the full moon weekends for the summer. I honestly wasn’t expecting to hit such a perfect weather window AND a full moon but it looked good so we upgraded our Northern Presi trip to a Presidential Traverse and Gus and I rolled up to Appalachia Parking Lot at 10:30 PM.
Our plans to stay at Valley Way Tentsite about 3 miles in were tentative as we expected it to be full due to the moon, weather, road proximity and it being so damn late. They became even more tentative as we met Jason at the trailhead who was running a 30 mile Presi Traverse with a side trip to Mt.Isolation. All of that BEFORE doing another 30 something miles to the Bonds I believe. Truly a bad ass hiker. We hiked with him for a mile or so and when he left to begin his run we decided to go for Mt. Adams and drop down to The Perch to camp.