Sierra Mapping Project

It is with great pleasure I present you with something I’ve been hard at work on:

 ©Sierra Mapping Project. 

What is he Sierra Mapping Project?

The Sierra Mapping Project: To determine the condition of our current trails and provide an in-depth analysis for recreational use in the High Sierra. The Sierra Mapping Project will provide a highly detailed description of trails and routes for the ever-growing popularity of backcountry exploration. Each trail will be hiked, GPS’d, and thoroughly documented with photos of current conditions. Trails will then be categorized into tracks which will be available for download to the public at no cost.

The Sierra Mapping Project will provide much needed relief to heavily populated trails such as the Pacific Crest and John Muir Trails. All trails will be classified according to distance, difficulty, loops, spurs, and thru-hiking alternatives. Bringing a voice to these forgotten paths will increase tourism, generate revenue for neighboring towns, but most importantly decrease sedentary lifestyles while providing the public with information to explore their native land and increase their physical, mental, and emotional health.

The Sierra Mapping Project will be conducted over a 5 year period for the entirety of the Sierra trail system- thousands of miles between Kennedy Meadows South (the beginning of the High Sierra) and Kennedy Meadows North (Sonora Pass/Tahoe). Highly detailed data/guide books will be published according to regional boundaries. Books will include maps, tracks, waypoints, elevation profiles, water sources, and a summary of all loops, spurs, and thru-hiking options available in said regions. Guide and Datebooks will be made available to the mass public every calendar off-season. In addition to hard copies, a phone application and downloadable track will be made available for purchase based on length of trail and region.

With the sudden but steady influx of backcountry recreational activities the Sierra Mapping Project will be highly sought after and utilized in its totality. This trend will continue to soar given the growing awareness of backcountry activities in-part attributed to mass-media coverage being received from Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild” and Robert Redford’s upcoming red carpet release of “A Walk in the Woods.” The demand for hiking alternates is more prevalent now than ever before.

The knowledge of the Sierra’s elaborate trail network needs to be available for public use to lighten the wear and tear on our more heavily traveled trails. The Sierra Mapping Project will be lead and conducted by Sara Fry, an avid outdoor enthusiast and documenter. Sara has over 10,000 trail miles under her feet and is eager to share her detailed findings with the public. Her project will not only motivate and encourage a healthy lifestyle, but also promote geotourism in the state of California. Sara frequently gives public talks on long-distance hiking and other trails she has pioneered. She is eager to bring the beauty of the great outdoors into the homes of millions worldwide. Her extensive experience in backcountry travel and zest for connecting the community to nature drive her to produce top quality results that will become the Holy Grail of California’s iconic High Sierra.

Sara believes education and information should be free for all to utilize and enjoy. Therefore, she will provide downloadable tracks free of charge for the public. Due to it’s costly nature the Sierra Mapping Project is actively seeking partners and sponsors. Give back to the community. Give back to the trails.

To learn more visit: www.sierramappingproject.org

At the very least the ©Sierra Mapping Project will provide the community with highly detailed guide/databooks about ALL of the trails in California’s High Sierra. In addition to free downloadable tracks which will be available to the public. Thousands of miles of loops, spurs, thru-hiking options, as well as new routes similar to that of the Sierra High Route and Andrew Skurka’s latest endeavor of the Kings Canyon High Basin Route.

Trails encompassed in the Sierra Mapping Project include everything between Kennedy Meadows South (the beginning of the High Sierra) and Kennedy Meadows North (Sonora Pass/Tahoe). This means that thousands of miles of trails will be documented both with GPS as well as physical photos and videos to show current conditions.

The ©Sierra Mapping Project is actively seeking partners and sponsors. Give back to your community. Give back to your trails.

DONATE TODAY!

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A Year In Review

This was an update I made to my Facebook Group: Living Life and Testing Limits – Human Powered:

“Well folks, this group was in need of an update. I’ve changed the name and description to include all of my endeavors. I coined the slogan “Living Life and Testing Limits” about 2 years ago to describe not only my website, but also my personal lifestyle in general.

2014 was an incredible year for me. It began with a thru-hike of the San Diego Trans County Trail, followed by an EPIC thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail. When I began long-distance hiking via the Pacific Crest Trail I thought nothing could ever compare… and I was right. No other trail does compare, but the CDT stole my heart. The sheer beauty and her ever-changing nature makes me weak in the knees. I experienced some of the most spectacular country while traveling through NM, CO, WY, and MT. I finished the CDT in a little under 5 months on September 25th at 6:13pm. Now, I definitely had my fair share of health issues on that hike (more so than ever before) but I enjoyed every second of being able to be out in such a majestic landscape. Seizures were extremely prevalent the last 3 months, but I was blessed to be hiking with a great group of individuals. I’m sure my stubbornness was incredibly hard to deal with at times, but being docile and giving in to weakness never accomplished anything. Albeit, the seizures got incredibly hard to fend off towards the end and I was having a bout of them roughly every other day… if not daily. But I tried to the best of my ability to not let them control me.

Upon returning from the CDT I thru-hiked the San Joaquin River Trail (again) setting a record of 4.5 days to travel about 150 miles. Granted there are only 2 times the SJRT has been thru-hiked and both have been by me. Regardless, it was another great achievement.

The start of 2015 was wonderful! I spent the entire first 2 months backpacking. A group of good friends (family) went and thru-hiked the San Diego Trans County Trail… again (it’s an annual hike/family reunion). Upon finishing I hopped in a car and drove cross-country to hike the 250 mile Ouachita (pronounced: Wash-i-Taw) in Oklahoma and Arkansas. It as a wonderful little trail and some good exposure to hiking back East.

Upon returning, I went into dermatology for a few suspicious spots that had been appearing within the last couple months. I had 4 surgeries and am still awaiting the outcome. Some of you may know that because of the TBI I sustained 8 years ago I do not numb for surgeries. So it’s never very fun going under the knife. However, these past 4 incisions weren’t as excruciating as my previous 11 surgeries so that’s always a plus!

A few weeks ago I put out my official announcement of thru-hiking the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal come April 2016. There are less than 10 people in the entire world to thru-hike the high route in the same self-supported fashion I’ll utilize. I’m stoked to take on this new challenge and see the beauty of the Himalaya Range.

I also announced a perimeter swim of Lake Tahoe come late July/August. This 72 mile swim will also be self-supported. Although the water will be 55-60 degrees I will not wear a wetsuit or utilize fins. I’ll tow all my food, camping gear, camera, water etc in a dry bag behind me that’s attached to my body. I’m planning on this endeavor taking 7 days at 10 miles/day.

On May 12th I’ll begin a ~350mi route I created up in the High Sierra which will utilize the SJRT on the return leg so I’ll technically be able to “walk home.”

I’ve got a few other plans up my sleeve as well… so stay tuned.

This life is about truly living and following your passions. It just so happens that mine include being out in nature and testing my body in a way that has long-since been forgotten and overthrown by the complexities of “city life.” I updated the description of this group to “Human Powered.” I fully believe and cherish the beauty of approaching adventure under the will and skill set of our own bodies. I love the feeling of accomplishment that I receive knowing that I got someplace through no outside help. Our bodies are capable of incredible feats if we harness our dormant abilities.

I hope you had a great weekend! Keep spreading the love!

Sara “BloodBank” Fry

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Relentless Writing Mind

“The stillness of the dark night seeps deep into my bones. Laying upon this hard rooftop, I gaze longingly into the black abyss. My body is quiet, but my mind is forever racing. Thoughts come and go like shooting stars grazing the envelope of this silent night. I’m tired. I’m ready to succumb to the dream state that eagerly awaits me at the edge of my eyelids. But hours have passed and my musings still soar through the sky at galactic speeds. It’s both a blessing and a curse to be chained so heavily to my relentless writing mind. Every part of my body seeks rest, but there is no rest when my ruminations get their creative itch. The need to outsource my ideas onto paper grows stronger as my fingertips freely bleed ink. My solace tonight is knowing that once I’ve written down everything that impedes sleep, my mind will sweetly drift into the playground of my subconscious and frolic with the beauty of my imagination. Until then, my ideas continue to etch themselves through both time and space as they travel to their destination upon lined paper laced with thousands of familiar words.”

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Swim Circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe

In the next few months (July/August) I’m going to be swimming a circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe… self supported! In total it’ll be between 70-75 miles. I’m planning on swimming roughly 10 miles a day, although I’m hoping the swim will take under 7 days. No fins or a wetsuit will be worn. Like my backpacking endeavors this will be self-supported. I will tow my food, camera, camping gear, phone, wallet, etc in a dry bag behind me with a leash attached to my body. To my knowledge, the only other person to solo-swim/self-supported of the perimeter of Lake Tahoe is Justin Lichter back in 2007. Prep for the queen of open water swimming… the English Channel

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Photo Credit: Monabah Photography

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Great Himalaya Trail Announcement

I suppose this is the official “unofficial” beginning of my next big adventure… I bring you the Great Himalayan Trail. When complete this will be the longest and highest trail in the WORLD. I’ll be thru-hiking this beauty in a little over a year from now. Roughly 1,200 miles long, this route will take me between 2 and 3 months to complete (read: 75 days).   I plan to leave mid-March to get accustomed to the Nepali way of life and culture, then start my thru-hike the beginning of April. This trail has a VERY small handful of people who have completed the High Route in a single season – to my knowledge it’s less than 10. The planning involved with a trek of this magnitude is extensive to say the least. With the help and collaboration of past thru-hikers and the GHT’s creator Robin Boustead – I’m in the right hands.

 The GHT (high-route) has been my dream trail for years now and I can’t fend off her enchanting call any longer. I hope to leave you with the notion that no idea, no matter how colossal, is too big to take on. Cheers to the very beginning of a TON of planning Photo Credit: Remy Vógue Levin who thru-hiked the GHT last year

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Boundless Opportunities

“As my head hits the hard compacted dirt I’ve gratefully chosen to call my bed for the evening I wonder if it’ll ever subside. I vividly dream of places I’ve never been with people I have yet to meet. The boundless opportunities to share love linger on my skin like a silken cocoon. Wrapped in visions of unknown yet familiar territories I close my wandering eyes and drift away from the shackles of consciousness as I free my spirit and dance through the realms of a universe beckoning to be explored. There’s one thing I know for certain – my human body knows the secrets of the soul and my cells will continue to dream and discover until my bones disintegrate and the dust of my past blankets every corner of this beautiful world.”

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Late Night Ramblings

“I was forged with a burning desire to experience as much as I allowed myself. No longer was the question of fathomability present. For I had felt the impossible and the illusion of limits had been dissolved. My mind had shifted and I knew that I possessed everything there ever was. The choice was mine, yet strangely it had already been solidified centuries before. The knowledge of “how far can I take this” had evolved into “how deep can I go” and because of that pristine truth I was forever open to the unimaginable.”

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