PCT 2015 – Week 6

11 June – day 36 – trail mile 766 – Crabtree Meadow – “early” start – Leopardsauce & Molly surprise – fresh snow and morning light – fresh legs – clouds over Mt. Whitney – snowy, slick, treacherous trail – walk above and in the clouds – storm hut dance party and snacks – bomb Whitney trail – Guitar Lake sunshine – frisbee! – Alpaca homemaker – Bighorn Plateau, JMT memory – double rainbow – Tyndell creek camp – mile 774

 

Mt. Whitney summit

 
12 June – day 37 – mi 774 – mist covered sun shining through clouds over mountains, glistening white granite boulders, ice covered lakes, fresh swollen streams, improbable dynamited route, ethereal morning daze, on the trail up Forrester Pass -feeling small in the big mountains – rain in the forest – wilderness trail magic from Sherpa & Smiley – 8 mi over Kearsarge Pass – LDS ride – Bishop! – Susan! – hikers roaming the streets – brewery – Thunderbird Hotel – mile 789

 

Icy lakes, snow and rain

 
13 June – day 38 – Bishop, CA – Rest Day – big breakfast – shopping stress – North American Marsupial Association – park relaxing – late night groceries and herding cats – pizza – Pit camp 

 

Relaxing in the Bishop Park

 
14 June – day 40 – Bishop – Schatz – Black Sheep – Town Goats – $6 OJ – too cool, non-attentive coffee shop staff – indecisive deliberation – pick up hikers – lakeside picnic, very nice – Kearsarge again – Glen Pass – frogs chirping, fish jumping – trail or stream? – buck deer on the trail – mosquitoes – sunset! – Rae Lakes – solo camp – mi. 794

 

Buck deer at Rae Lakes

 
15 June – day 41 – mi 794 – chilly, damp morning – JMT memories – mile 800 – missing friends – embracing solo hike – dwell, dwell, dwell – Pinchot Pass – Moccasin, Iron Husk, Rebel Biscuit – Mather Pass – sunset supper on the pass – long 2 pass day -inspired by Peter Croft stories – One Shot on the JMT – Palisades Lake camp – mi. 819

 

mile 800

 
16 June – day 42 – mi. 819 – slow morning – hot Yerba Mate treat – stove envy – trout everywhere – trail crew – Golden Staircase, knee crusher, trail engineering – Sarge – Sasha is alive – rock monster – Meadow – Kings Canyon, Muir Pass, Evolution basin, the heart of the Sierras – Muir Hut at sunset – hike down in the dark – magical god light and views – alone and moved – glowing snow on white granite, reflecting in alpine lakes with stars emerging as last light slips down canyon – exhaustion – Sarge camp – Evolution lake – mi. 844

 

Powerful day

 
17 June – day 43 – mi. 844 – late 9am start feels great – McClure Ranger, Dario and common friend – Evolution Lake swim – flowery, nauseating, fragrant hikers – taking it easy – catch up already friends! – Bagley Hot Springs – evening forest ridge hike – Sallie Keyes Lake – supper under a head net – ruthless mosquitos – JMT memory – old log cabin – bug camp – mi. 864

evening forest

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