At some point during the night, a deer decided to come to hang around my campsite. I woke up several times to the sound of it walking next to my tent. Before leaving camp, I felt the urgent call of nature and grabbed my shovel to answer that call. I started hiking at 6 am and did not stop, but to fill up water, until 2 pm.
While I was having lunch, the lady passed me. It turned out to be a longer than normal lunch break lasting almost an hour. Once I started hiking again, I again ran back into the lady who had stopped for her lunch break.
The terrain was up and down hills, through wooded areas, reminding me of hiking on the Appalachian Trail. I saw a good number of weekend and section hikers out and as I got close to the road, a lady was walking with her dog, who fortunately was on a leash, barked and snarled at me. I continued and reached the road at 11:30.
Packing up camp took even less time than yesterday, thanks to not having any tent to pack away. I got out of camp in less than 20 minutes after getting up. I started today by climbing up to a ridge and hiking along it, passing a ski lift.
I decided that I was going to go back to waking up at 5:30 am, so I woke up and was completely packed up by 5:50 - a ten minute improvement from normal! I felt 10 times better today, compared to yesterday, after a good night sleep.
I had planned on sleeping in this morning, as I had not been able to go to bed until 10 pm the previous evening - the latest I have been up so far the summer. The plan did not hold up due to a combination of my alarm going off early and others making noise outside the room…
I caught a bus up to where I was going to spend the night, while I waited for my backpack to come in. I ran and bought a larger water filter since the old one’s flow rate was so bad. As I was walking to the hostel, I got a message that my backpack had been delivered to the FedEx store
We were near a lake and decided to take 30 minutes to go for a swim, and then we hiked until 6 pm. It was freezing like the previous lake as I jumped in, but instead of getting out right away, I swam around a bit.
Where there was not snow, there was mud. We trooped along taking a couple of short breaks to dig cat holes or for me to filter water. As the day progressed, the snow became slushier and I slipped and slid more and more.
The descent was more interesting; we could either hike around this bowl of ice along the trail or glissade about 200 feet down and bushwhack from there. We choose glissading. Lucky Hat went first and he sped down the ice, not using his ice axe much to slow him.
Today we broke 1,000 miles on trail! Today began with an uphill climb Arri hiked with us today, it was slow going a good amount of snow go slow us down and to keep us checking for the path.
Today I woke up just a few minutes before my alarm went off and we packed up camp and hit the trail at 5:30 am. It was one pretty day on the trail; we spent the day climbing up and down mountains and crossing two passes. Around the passes were epic mountain lakes.
We started later than normal, sleeping in till 5:30am, before getting packed up. The goal was to get to Toulomne meadows by 9 am since, if the store there is operating, that’s what time it would be open. We had two different people tell us it was open for the season and two others that said it was not.
There must be a lot of people riding horses in the area because we saw quite a bit of horse poo while we were hiking in the valley. About 8 miles in, we went past the Agnew Meadow Trailhead. After using the pit toilets, we saw some cars pull up of day hikers…
Today I woke up an hour and a half later than normal, at 5:30 am. Since we were only 3 miles out from Reds Meadow Resort where we were going to try to get into town, and Reds did not open till 7am. It was nice to start out the day without having to use my headlight to see…
Today like the previous 5 days, began with hiking up a pass. We climbed Silver Pass, which has a very easy approach, but we used micro spikes due to the ice.
It took us about 2 hours to reach the top of the pass, and as we looked back, the mountains were tinged with red by the light of the sun. Absolutely beautiful! Oliver and I almost made it to the top of the pass without micro spikes, but we ended up putting them on 100 yards from the peak.
I woke up to the shine of a headlight beaming into my tent. I thought that I had overslept and Oliver was shining his light to get me up. After looking at my watch, I realized that it must be other people hiking out of camp…
Today started like the previous few days, waking up to my alarm at 4 am, packing up gear and on getting on the trail by 4:30. The first thing we had to do this morning was to climb up and over Mather Pass…
Oliver, Lucky Hat, and I have found that waking up at 4 am and then getting on the trail by 4:30 works well, since then we only have to use our head lights for about 30 min before it is light enough to see. And so today, we did just that, leaving camp at 4:30 to begin our ascent of Pinchot Pass…
I woke up at 4 am. It was still as cold and windy as it was when I went to bed the previous evening. The cold made it very difficult to get moving, but Oliver, Lucky Hat and I were ready to break camp at 4:35 am…
We started hiking today at 5 am. It was cold as most mornings are out here, which makes it hard to get moving in the morning. I have found that it takes me almost exactly 30 min. to pack up every morning. Oliver and Lucky Hat were both ready at five, and we set off.
Our plan was to set up for getting into town to resupply tomorrow morning. We woke up at 3:30 am to hike over Forester Pass, which is the tallest point on the PCT. It was an icy 4 mile uphill trek to the pass. We hiked by the light of our headlights, until about 5:15 am when there was enough light to see.
The plan for today was to hike Mount Whitney, and then to hike a few more miles. We wanted to be close to Forester Pass, which we want to hike early tomorrow morning.
Today, Oliver and I spilt from the main group. The previous evening, the main group decided to take two days to get to the base of Mount Whitney, while Oliver and I were going to do the 24 miles in one day. We woke at 5:10 and were on the trail at 5:50, ready for another day in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains.
I hiked mainly on my own, not seeing any of our group until around 2:00 in the afternoon. I was stopped at a water source, relaxing when Oliver came hiking up. He joined me in filling up water. He told me that the part of our group that had not made it to camp last night, had stopped about a half mile before, and joined another group who had built a fire.
I did not remember until I saw a guy hiking naked that today was the first day of summer. It is a tradition to hike naked to celebrate the end of spring and coming of summer. However, it is an odd and not pleasant thing to be surprised hiking around a bend by a naked guy hiking toward you.
Unlike yesterday, today was very eventful. I woke up at 5:30 am and after packing up my equipment, began my downhill journey to Kennedy Meadows. It was an easy 15 mile hike. I only stopped to fill up water and arrived at the Kennedy Meadows General store at 11 am.
I awoke earlier than normal to a beautiful sunrise. As I began the day, I hiked along the east side of Mount Jenkins and within moments I was sweating. The sun was already beating down. It was crazy, considering it was 5:30 in the morning.
This was the first morning I was last to leave camp. I starting moving at my normal time of 5:30, but by then Nighto, and the others who had camped there the previous evening, were all breaking camp. I was surprised, but I did not mind. I was still feeling the tiredness from the long day yesterday. I hiked out of camp by 6:15 am to a cool day with a nice breeze…