Originally Posted by tahoepa
Those gals were pretty stressed. I remember seeing them at Tapeats. Did they get to Deer Creek ok? That night was real stormy and windy. Tuolumne yes but well see after the Yosemite fire. Could be interesting. I guess it burned hard in there. We layed over at Tapeats, pretty awesome spot. A few from out group hiked way above Thunder river to fan island. Had a bunch of 20 year old raft guides finding adventure lines the whole trip. Was pretty entertaining. Wahoooooo!
They got there. Not the way the Guide book suggested though. The problem was we relied on the Tom Martin Guide book and were not really thinking it through. I emailed Tom about the nonchalantness of his recomendation to drop people off at Tapeats and pick them up down stream at Deer Creek. He really gives no info other than to say its a great hike. No typical time or milage. So we dropped them thinking they would be an hour or two at max. (And yes. I know we could have been smarter about this decision had we done more research) Anyways.The first problem was Tapeats was possibly flowing more than normal or the trail up and over to Deer Creek just wasnt marked very well at the start so they couldnt get to it. They ended up cross country hikking up some steep shit to make it down river. They were pretty stressed because we left them there. When our group got to Deer Creek for lunch I decided to Run the reverse route and try to meet up with them. So I took off right when we got there. I told our group if I wasnt back when they were done with thier short hike and lunch just take off down stream to our camp a 1/4 mile down river. Whatever that overhang camp is.
The first Backpacker I ran into that I asked about trail time and direction told me that the hike they were doing was a 4 hour hike. Shit. So I ran. and ran. and ran...all the way to the spot where you see the thunder river falls. basically dropping into Thunder river. No sign of them. So I ran and ran and ran back thinking maybe they caught a ride with you guys down river after finding out it was a four hour hike. On my way back I ran into the other girls husband who was hoping I would have found them. My girlfriend was the other girl. So we hiked back to the boats together. Which was just my boat at this point. The rest of the group continued down river to camp. I packed up a bag with flashlights and overnight stuff and set out to find them. They had just a small amount of food. Right when I got to the top of deer creek they showed up. Happy to see me and happy the rest of the group wasnt stressed. Thye never worried about themselves they were just worried everybody would be waiting.
The most amazingly lucky part is that they dropped into the deer creek trail just above where the narrows start because they were not on the trail the book said. Thank the higher power that I didnt pass that point on my hike back in to find them before they dropped in because I would have done the whole reverse hike to Tapeats looking for them. So fucking lucky. That would have been a mess. It was 4pm at this point.
We ended up gettign back to camp and nobody was worried about is. had a killer lasagne dinner and as everyone was taking their last bite the wind picked up to 50 mph and blew our whole camp to pieces. That campspot over hang created a frickin cyclone which included our fire so there was flaming coals circling through the air landing on tents and everything else that was under this wonderful overhang. haha. I gotta do a write up of this trip. There are so many stories like this.
So moral of this long story is be smarter when it comes to to taking direction from guidebooks. Especially if you are leaving passengers upriver.