This is my first blog post in my series, trekking through the High Sierra to Mount Whitney. Today, I received my custom made map, which I will use to finalize my planning of this trip (More info on my custom made map soon).
My initial planning began here on Backpacker, where I found most of the details for this 72 mile hike.
My first part of business for this hike, is obtaining wilderness permits. I wrongly thought this would be simple, but its more then just a phone call with my credit card at hand. From the research I have done, it looks like I can not secure permits via phone, email or web. You have to fill out the forms and either snail mail them or fax them.
Information for reserving a wilderness permit for the High Sierra Trail to Mount Whitney from Sequoia Nation park can be found here:
I want secure my permits as quickly as possible, but I do not own a fax? Would email have been that hard? Instead of waiting for my permit to go through the snail mail, I found a website called eFax. I filled out my wilderness permit request form, printed it out, signed it and scanned it back onto my computer.
Using my 1 month free trial eFax, I created an account and sent a “fax” by uploading my document to pressing send. It was almost like an email. Within second I received an email saying my fax transmission was successful. For the fax cover sheet, I left my email and phone number, and politely asked them to either send me an email of call my cell phone to confirm receipt. I am just not sure if the “fax” really did in fact go through, since I have not sent a fax in years…. and this digital “fax” from my computer is something totally new to me, so fingers are crossed!
I will update this post with a link to my next post regarding this adventure when I have updates to share. While I wait for my permits to be approved, I will continue to plan out my rout on my map, and continue to finalize/obtain the rest of my gear list.