PCT 2015 – Week 5

4 June – day 29 – mi 626 – red, glowing band across the sunrise horizon – windy – Devilfish cache saves us again! – PACK OUT YOUR TRASH! – first sight of the Sierras granite, moved – no place I’d rather be – Walker Pass – Dutch hitch – Lake Isabella – Pizza and NBA finals – motel – mile 652

 

Clean and checking in with “the world”


5 June – day 30 – mi 652 – Lake Isabella – truck be hitch and nap with Sarah – McD’s $5 deluxe breakfast platter – many different configurations of corn syrup – living the life I’ve dreamed about – radioactive water – quarter of trail mark – ridge camp – mile 673

 

Radioactive

 
6 June – Day 31 – mi 673 – 1 month on trail – sleepy hike – rattler #3 – south fork of kern river – rain showers – water welcome to the mountains – sagebrush in the air – abandoned house shelter – mile 700 – wet willows – applause cheer welcome to Kennedy Meadows – familiar faces and satisfaction – porch camp – mile 703

  

Gateway to the Sierras

  
7 June – day 32  – pancake breakfast – comfort crushin, chillin – frisbee – Grumpy Bears – cheering in hikers – jailhouse tattoos – bear can carry – Molly & Leopard Sauce – KM vortex – fricket – Shades, Pogo & brother – KM campground – mile 705

Slow down

8 June -day 33 – mi 705 – varmint alarm – sleep in – cruiser trail through burned forest and meadows – S. Fork Kern River – swallows under bridge – riverside siesta – hiker bottleneck released – bears can suck peanut butter through urcsack – steady long climb, altitude effects – first view of Mt. Whitney at sunset – mysterious whirring noise – bear psychology – duff camp a la carte – mile 726
   

Chewy down at the river

  
9 June – day 34 – mi 726 – golden brown  bristle cone pine, twisted and gnarled by weather and fire, white granite boulders and gravel – jets buzz and roar – sunny siesta adventure nap -overcast sky – dry Owens Lake – evening to night rain and hail – poncho tarp shelter works! – pine and rock camp – mile 749

 

Bristle Cone stump

 
10 June – day 35 – mi 749 – woke dry in the tarp! – Chicken Spring Lake, 1st alpine lake – dry alpine lakes – snow on ridges – Hooter – sunny rain – water, streams for miles – meadow deer – pastoral – bear box raid – stormy alpine hail, rain and snow – 17lb treehouse shelter – Whitney trail – wilderness ranger – Crabtree Meadow camp – HoHo’s riddles – mile 766

Stormy alpine

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