For this, my second attempt at backpacking solo, I chose to repeat a hike that Vicki and I had done several years ago, climbing San Bernardino Peak in the San Gorgonio Wilderness and camping at the Limber Pine Bench campsite. Of course, this time I was in much better shape, with much lighter gear, so I decided to hike all 3400 feet in one day, rather than breaking the climb into a two-day trip. I’d still spend two days, but this time on my second day I would take life easier, simply bagging the summit, relaxing up on top for a few hours. I would return on the third day. That was the original plan, at any rate.
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