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View from near Kearsarge Pass
Rats, this is the second time some stupid error has caused me to have to retype an entire journal entry. This time it refused to save the completed document, saying I had insufficient memory on my microSD card (when I have megabytes free) --- then in looking for what the problem is, somehow it managed to flush the unsaved text. It isn't all rosebuds and cherry blossoms being a Gadget guy!
Anyway, today was good. I recall hiking with my friends Carl and Ed and periodically one of us would start singing (no doubt off key) "Auow --- I feel good (doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo -doo), like I knew that I would now ..." (with apologies to James Brown).
A lot of today was like that. Even starting out with 5 days of food and hiking up two passes (Kearsarge and Glen), I felt strong, my pack felt lighter, life is good. I did stay for the breakfast at the hotel, got a ride pretty fast to the trailhead, started hiking at little after 9 am, and the 2600' up to Kearsarge pass went pretty smoothly, helped by well graded path.
I met on the path four thru's that I know heading in to town, first Sleepwalker, then someone who I'm not sure I have permission to give his name (?), then (I hope I do have for) Detective Friday and Damp Dan. Nice to see them all again.
I caught up to Tarzan and Zelda and another couple I met with them on the trail while they were eating lunch. I elected to keep going and eat at a water source. Not realizing that the next one was well along the way to the top of Glen Pass.
So I just kept going, hit Glen Pass about 2 pm. No problem going up, some snow but nothing hard or dangerous. A bit more dicey coming down, steeper, lots of snow, and perhaps more dangerous in places doing gymnastics on large sharp and carelessly piled rocks that I balanced steeply down on to avoid some snow. Got to do two short glissades; nice, but would appreciate longer runs!
Then I walked along both Rae Lakes without seeing a soul (unless Marmots have souls); they're beautiful (the lakes, though I guess Marmots are too --- at least to another Marmot), and it was kind of special walking through so much beauty with no one around.
I did my thing about eating dinner one place and then walking on a bit to sleep; I'm not really concerned about bears, but reckon that my odds of any unpleasantness with bruins will be reduced if I build good habits.
Lots of mosquitoes at my campsite, more a function of the time of day I think than the location; I just picked a place that was pretty flat, one that's not one of the more popular campsites (again, perhaps this will reduce bear encounters). I put my tent up pretty quickly, piled in everything I thought I wanted, put the bear can well away from the tent, then jumped in. Maybe 40 or so frustrated mosquitoes hovering around outside, hoping for a chomp of prime cut simian, plus a few dead ones inside.
I don't have all that far to go to my next resupply point, about 58 miles, and I have at least 4 days of food to do it. I'll certainly cross Pinchot pass tomorrow, and will have to debate about Mather. Mather Pass would mean a 20 mile day at least, but the way I'm feeling now that's not likely a problem, apart from a question of how much snow there is on each side of that pass --- and ramifications of too-soft snow if I hit it too late in the day; the pass itself is about 17 miles from here. TBD !
The Sierras just get better and better. I can see why some folks think of this area as the high point (figuratively as well as literally) of the PCT. But I expect to enjoy a whole lot of nature's beauty after I'm through here, while nevertheless revelling in what's around me now.