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ABOVE: Renee and Ron Erskine at their Morgan Hill home. RIGHT: Ron with son, Drew. backpaking in the high Sierras. “So many people come up to me after- ward and say ‘I never would have thought I could do a hike like this!’” In 2014, Ron published his first book, “Measureless Mountain Days.” The book chronicles Ron’s journey with his son, Drew, along the 221-mile John Muir Trail. They spent three weeks trekking through Sierra mountain wilderness to reach the 14,495-foot summit of Mt. Whitney. A trip that could make or break a father-son relationship. Here’s what Ron said: “Drew was 18 at the time. He wanted to buy a used car but couldn’t find a summer job. I wanted to hike the John Muir Trail and capture the experience on video, but needed someone to carry the video camera gear. Reluctantly, Drew agreed. People who have never done this kind of trek wonder what it would be like. You have to sleep on the ground, lug 45 pounds on your back, and eat freeze-dried food for three weeks. But then you’re awestruck by the amazing landscape and the solitude. It makes you feel alive like nothing else can. Problems that arise in the backcountry req