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Rivka & Dan (aka Cactus & Blackfoot)
State: New York
Begins: Apr 7, 2008
Date: Thu, Sep 25th, 2008
Start: Lake 12,248
End: tarn above Guitar Lake
Daily Distance: 18.6
Trip Distance: 1,716.8
Hours Hiked: 8.75
Min Elevation: 10400
Max Elevation: 13180
Min Temp: 28
Max Temp: 70
People Met: 7
Entry Visits: 340
Journal Visits: 79,092
Guestbook Views: 8,021
Guestbook Entrys: 105
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Cactus surveying the bathing possibilities
The final 1,000 feet of Forester Pass were well graded and caused no suffering. The smoke was cleared by high winds overnight (which also made sleeping somewhat difficult) so the views were very good. When we reached the pass the view down the other side was bleak for miles and miles down into a barren valley before trees could finally be seen in the distance. We made our way down what was essentially a cliff wall with switchbacks blasted into it, glad that we had not climbed up it from this direction.
For the rest of the morning we worked our way through that barren valley until we finally came to a forest of Foxtail and Lodgepole Pines. We had lunch among them, and parted ways with LiLi afterwards. She will not take the turn towards Whitney but continue south. We might still see her in LonePine this weekend.
She had not been gone for ten minutes when her friends Peter and Thomas showed up. We know she would have liked to talk to them but we passed them later and did not catch up with her so I don't think they got to.
After we turned onto the Whitney trail we ran into Xena again. She may be sumitting with us tomorrow, as will Peter and Thomas. They are Czechs. Peter is nice. Thomas doesn't say much but it might be a language issue.
The forest thinned as we began to climb towards Whitney. We passed Guitar Lake where six or so tents were already pitched and continued to a tarn lake a few hundred feet higher. There was one fellow already cowboy camping here but we couldn't go any farther. For anyone who does not know (I didn't) a tarn is a very small glacial lake, as far as I can tell.
My nightly dip was cold but not as bad as yesterday.
Through the early evening and while we were first trying to sleep fighter jets kept flying overhead. We heard them earlier in the day and hoped they would stop before night. Eventually they did... We figured it was some hardassed instructor pilot who was doing training.
Songs In Head:America the Beautiful, Hurricane, Poncho and Lefty, The Parting Waltz, Bolero, Po Lazarus, the Big Rock Candy Mountain, Rattle My Cage
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org