212 miles as-the-crow-flies ...does not take into consideration the switchbacks (elevation). Yes, we were insane (but not drugged). It was grueling, at times. 4 of us participated; 1who took the leadership-role; as-far-as daily distance achieved, was a complete masochist/weirdo & probably in-the-closet (tho I didn't care about that; I was honestly str8 @ that time; ...thought he was a dick, regardless).
I survived; because, I was 19 & really fit from extensive running & pre camping trips around Mt. Able & Mt. Pinos, where my family had a mountain cabin. Try Mt. Pinos & Condor Pt.; very beautiful; fairly easy hiking & the elevation is gr8 4 the lungs!
@ "Sheeps Camp" (all Los Padres Natnl Forest) you will find a source of water, a hillside dug well that my buddies & I restored 3.6 decades ago
-can't vouch for the condition now; however, I suggest you take several trips there & do your bit to maintain the watersupply & quality (bring a small, army-style folding shovel to chop the weeds nearby & a tape measure to get measurements for a new lid/cover, on following trips (rodents can & will chew the lid & move the rocks piled upon it; then fall in & die). Therefore, don't expect good water on your first visit to Sheep Camp. We dumped 2 small bottles of halizone in the well b4 covering & other campers were impressed w/ our dedication (LazyBitches
). We had no fear of the well on ensuing trips; no Hershey-squirts, nada. Gr8 place 4 x-country skiing too; DO IT!!! It is all very close to where you live in S.C.
I-5 N to 1st exit past Gorman (FrasierPark). Exit only goes L (w) to FP & Lake of the Woods. Just follow the signs to Mt Pinos (properly pronounced: Pine' Oh(s), by the locals) It is about 1.75 hour drive from you. Call the local Los Padres NF Ranger station for ALL pertinent info, if going in the winter. I've been there when the temp was -13f; a blizzard can set in FAST. Access, due to snow, is limited by a locked gate and occasionally-angry locals (so, don't mispronounce Pinos in front of them).
...Was w/ the Seascouts in Marina del rey, Ca. & we were not
ocean-locked the way the BS of A. are "land-locked"; therefore, we did very much hiking (when we were not "steaming" onboard our 85 ft. (ex) Navy Vessel).
The "shakedown" hikes were essential for breaking-in new boots, packs, tents (that we never used on the JMT; bad drought year), experimental food; like, my home-made jerky (anything store-bought sucks ass!), knives, hygiene-dudads, etc.. I used a 2nd to the top-of-the-line Jansport pack, fabulous; although, they need some tuning & balancing to get them right, & extremely comfortable.
On the shakedown hikes, I only brought dog food & water for my 1st German Shepherd, water for added weight, minimal food 4 me; as I was doing a lot of fasting back then (helps meditation). I also packed my (then)entire philosophy-book library, just for added weight. I seem to recall mine being about 57.5lb, at that point, & I was very proud of myself. However:
By the time we 4 were ALL packed up, in Fresno, & ready to have my friends' parents drive us to Yosemite Valley, my pack was 73lb. I weighed, 174 @ that time.
(Note: I should have know not to trust RJ's word processing; I just lost the other half of this dissertation. Will finish / rewritelater, perhaps tomorrow.)