TAKEAWAYS FROM BACKPACKING MT. SAN JACINTO W/ A FIRST-TIMER
Sometimes love can be blind. With this blindness you can get the one in love with you to do just about anything. I used my power to take my boyfriend on his first backpacking / camping trip. This is what I learned.
- •An excess of six hours of sleep is necessary before embarking on adventure that requires elevating from 105' (Santa Monica) to 10,833' (San Jacinto Summit).
- •Apparently, the Palm Springs Aerial Tram isn't the best option for someone with an aversion to heights and people.
- •When the rangers are ambiguous about whether water exists near Round Valley, ask your boyfriend to Sherpa an additional gallon "to be on the safe side."
- •DeFeet cycling gloves are not alpine effective.
- •Slight disorientation, affected vision and straw-like breathing should require a re-evaluation of whether to continue.
- •Sometimes food and water do not counteract altitude symptoms.
- •Ice-covered pine trees only mean it's going to get colder.
- •When your endurance athlete boyfriend can no longer keep up (or feel his hands and only parts of his arms) it may be time to turn back.
- •When said boyfriend enters the tent immediately upon return to campsite (and it's 6pm) you may be in for a tough night.
- •The tough night was just that and included, but not limited to, vomiting, tossing, pounding headache, death requests, more tossing, profanity, shivering, restlessness, grinding teeth, more vomiting and cursing.
- •Though, despite everything my boyfriend rallied after a ramen fueled breakfast and it was all smiles on the way down.