11
Jul 14

Solstice Hike – Rae’s Lake Loop

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Naresh Kumar and Bedrock co-founder, Dan Opz, set out on a 2 day long, 46 mile loop around the famous Rae’s Lake in Kings Canyon / Sequoia National Park. Naresh wore his Synclines and Dan wore some new prototype Bedrocks on the loop. The hike began June 21st – Summer Solstice – at Road’s End Ranger station in Kings Canyon National Park.

The hike is a loop and can be run either counterclockwise or clockwise. The counterclockwise approach takes the more gradual ascent up to Rae’s Lake and ultimately Glen’s Pass. The loop starts at the Road’s End Ranger Station at 5,035 feet , peaks at 11,978 feet at Glen’s Pass and follows along the PCT/JMT for about half it’s distance. Around 26 miles in from Roads End you will reach the beautiful Rae’s Lake at 10,544 ft. Rae’s lake is home to an incredible amount of brook trout. The lake is so transparently clear that we saw trout from a distance very clearly swimming around the banks. On this hike, Dan fortunately brought a 5wt fly fishing rod and caught a small brookie on nearly each and every cast.

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Naresh cruising down from Glen’s Pass.

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Water break nearly at the top of Glen’s Pass.

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Dan hiking with fishing rod in tow.

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The weather was in the upper 80′s during the day and hardpacked snow fields like this were a nice cool down for our feet.

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Naresh Looking out towards Fins Down and Rae’s Lake.

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One of the pools along the trail towards Rae’s Lake.

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Reflections in a high alpine pond.

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Summer Solstice Sunset over Rae’s Lake.

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Naresh  - stoked out of his mind on how beautiful this lake is!

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Naresh hiking in his trusty Synclines.

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Dan casting his fly rod.

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One of the many small high alpine brook trout we caught in Rae’s Lake.

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The trail to Rae’s Lake.

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A bridge that connects the Rae’s Lake Loops with the PCT / JMT.


   
12
Jun 14

Emigrant Wilderness

Post written by Bedrock Sandals Ambassador Naresh Kumar. To Learn more about Naresh and his adventures watch Run Free.

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After a long week in Fort Bedrock, we made a last minute plan to head out on a weekend hike. It was tough to decide between the Rae Lake Loop in SEKI or the Emigrant Wilderness. Since we weren’t planning to leave until Saturday morning, Emigrant wilderness was a viable choice. This glaciated and wilderness beauty is situated just north of Yosemite National Park in Stanislaus National forest in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  140 mi from Oakland, it was an easy drive to get to the Trailhead.

We arrived at the Crabtree Trailhead by 11:30 am on Saturday and started the hike towards Camp lake. I personally hate out and back trips and my friends were with me. We decided to do a  loop and the goal was to get to Deer Lake by evening.

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It was a gradual climb from Crabtree Trailhead to Camp Lake with an elevation gain of about 500 ft over 2.6 miles. Camp Lake is a beauty. Bedrock Co-Founder, Dan, who is an enthusiastic fly fisherman noticed that the lake was filled with rainbow trout. We regretted not bringing a fishing pole. It was getting warmer by now and after a quick break we headed towards Piute Lake. We missed our trail on our way and ended up at dead end where we found an awesome swimming hole and decided to take a quick dip to beat the heat. The water was ice cold but  so refreshing.  A Couple of hikers who camped nearby warned us about the apocalypse that was awaiting us. They warned us about the swarms and swarms of mosquitoes near Gem Lake and all the lakes that lay ahead in our loop. In fact they just couldn’t camp anywhere near Gem lake so they hiked back all the way to just to avoid the mosquitoes. We thought they were exaggerating the mosquito situation. We ignored their warnings and headed towards Piute Lake.

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Right as we entered the Piute meadow, we were given a warm welcome by a few hundred blood thirsty mosquitoes. Coming from India and growing up in a poor neighborhood, I have seen some gnarly mosquitoes until that moment. Sierra Nevada mosquitoes were just relentless. If only I had 10% of their perseverance, I would have won a couple of 100 mile races. It was that bad to the point that even running didn’t help. At one point I was running a 7mph downhill and they kept up with me. Soon we reached Piute lake and Gem lake. It was beautiful scenery but a very short lived one. The very few seconds we stopped to take pictures, we were surrounded by hundreds of these crazy suckers, literally.

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If God had granted me a wish that time, I wouldn’t have asked him for the world’s riches, rather I would have begged him to kill all the mosquitoes on planet earth and make them an extinct species. They are of no good use. Even as I am writing this post, I am taking a scratch break every 5 minutes just to ease of the itches from those nasty bites. With another 300 ft climb, we passed through Jewelry Lake and made it to Deer Lake.

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Deer lake was definitely our favorite of all the lakes we passed by. After a couple of quick pictures, we decided to camp on higher grounds just to avoid the mosquitoes. We found a peak that was so high that we could see the entire Deer Lake and the distant mountains in Hoover Wilderness.

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I peeked outside at around 3:00 am in the morning. It was a beautiful starry night with balmy temperatures around 60 degrees F close to 9,000 feet ASL.

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We woke and quickly packed our bags, headed towards Whitesides meadow.

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Here’s where the misadventures began. Dan and I hiked together the next day and Nick, Co-Founder of Bedrock, stayed with Erin. Along the way, we marked the trail with arrow signs especially on the confusing sections of the trail since Nick didn’t have a map. The trail to the Crabtree via Chewing Gum lake ended up to be more confusing than we expected. Since in was an infrequently maintained trail, there weren’t very many signs and there were overgrowths at couple of sections. We ended up taking a wrong turn that ended up to be a dead end with couple of hundred feet of vertical drop. From there we got a stunning panoramic view of the Bear Lake.

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When we realized that we had no business to be hanging out at a ridge so close to the Bear Lake we started the long and strenuous climb northwards to find the trail. After about an hour of bushwhacking we finally ended up on the right trail. Mind you, all the while we were enduring those painful bites.

It was all downhill from there. With just about 3 miles to the finish line, we picked up our pace to get to a place where there were no mosquitoes. As soon as we got further south of the ridge line, the mosquitoes were vanishing slowly but steadily. By the time we reached Crabtree trailhead, there were no sign of them. I almost cried at that moment. No more agony and no more pain. I can finally lie down in peace without waving my hand around non stop like a fool. Right before the bridge crossing I took a dip in the ice cold waterpool. It felt heavenly and at the same time painful due to those bites.

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Nick and Erin showed up within half hour. We laughed about our misadventures. Experiences like these makes a trip a memorable one. I will remember this loop forever.

Lesson Learnt: Do your homework. Carry mosquito nets and bug sprays.Man Vs Sierra Nevada Mosquitoes – Mosquitoes Won

Route – Follow the upper blue loop highlighted in the map

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05
Jun 14

Corded Toe Strap Photos

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The Bedrock Sandals crew along with all our customers are raving about the incredible comfort and strength of our new corded toe straps. Here are some recent customer photos shared on our instagram!

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04
Jun 14

Fort Bedrock Sandals – Oakland, CA

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Summer is almost here and the Bedrock Sandals factory is bustling with life! We are proud to manufacture Bedrocks by hand and machine all right here in the USA. Summer is nearing, grab a pair of our new and highly acclaimed Bedrock Synclines with corded toe straps!


   
13
May 14

Bedrock Syncline Gets Rave Reviews

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“The Bedrock Sandals Syncline with Toe-Strap raises the bar in the world of minimalist footwear.  I have not been this excited about a new piece of gear in a long time.  Attention to detail and quality of materials used; well thought out. ” – Jake Morrison

Jake Morrison, professional trainer and minimalist gear reviewer, recently tested and reviewed our Bedrock Synclines with new corded toe-straps. The Bedrock team is very happy to read Jake’s rave reviews of our new Syncline Sandals. Check out Jake’s review for more photos, technical details, and his thoughts on our Synclines.

An excerpt from Jake’s review below:

“The Syncline also feature a seamless feel lacing system. This sandal sets a whole new standard in the ultralight footwear category.”

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