I was lucky to catch some sunset disc golf at Tom's homemade frolf (disc golf) course constructed from old whisky barrels.
This was a hard shot!
This was a handy sign. I had left Kennedy Meadows at mile 702.
It started to get dark and I was going up so I stopped at the first spot that looked good. It was round 8:45pm.
The next days water was only 1.5 miles away. What would you know, we were going up again!
The Sierra Nevada's are known for plentiful water. However, the first 50ish miles outside Kennedy Meadows is sparce. Came across this beauty and prayed there was a better source...
The trail provides!! I followed a lightly treaded foot path and found a clear stream 5 minutes down trail.
This is what they meant. The mosquitos were really bad here, but I was prepared for it.
I set up camp just off trail
This place is so pretty. Every time I cross a river, I can't help but smile!
This was one of my favorite signs on the trail so far. The gate was simple. Just pull the log back and replace it when you are through. Or you could climb over or under it. If it could truly be that simple to protect wilderness!
This was camp for 2 nights.
There was a privy that faced towards an awkward wall. It was still nice to sit vs squat atop a hole.
Guitar Lake coming back down
Where poop goes to die
The beautiful meadow between the trail and my camp
The day after summiting Mt. Whitney, I climbed Forrester Pass. This is the highest Pass along the PCT at 13,200ft. I was hiking solo for most of the day and felt selfishly lucky to have it all to myself
This was a little off trail, but worth it!
The trail hugged the mountain closely
It took a lot of self control to save these M&Ms for Forrester Pass; it had been 5days!
The backside of Forrester Pass
Looking back on where I came from
Looking back further from where I had come
This was my longest trek in the Sierra yet. After summiting Whitney (highest peak in the lower 48), I climbed the highest pass on the PCT at 13,200 and did 24 miles up to Bullfrog lake. I was exhausted and the mosquitos were the worst I had seen. The wind gusts were bad too. Still, I only set up the bug bivy and passed out. It had been a long day!
Kearsarge is not on the PCT, but many people use it as a resupply exit point. It's one of my favorite passes so far. It's stunning!
Going over the other side of Kearsarge Pass
Looking back from where I had come
Bishop is a cool town. A portal to the high Sierra, it's a great place to resupply and meet fellow adventurers. Merry Fishmas and free DSL!!!!
Pippen and Pickleback enjoying some relaxation brews at the Hostel California in Bishop. The hostel had been open for less than a month, but was great! The rate for PCT hikers was $15 per night and all the beds were tempur-pedic!
The hostel used to be an old B&B. It was over 100 years old and John Muir reportedly stayed here. It came fully furnished and had great charm. Some people were actually taking these to the trail... hahahahaha! Not sure how long they carried it for.
This is Jack. He lived there too
I left the Bishop Hostel on June 27th and headed to Squaw Creek in Tahoe for the Tony Rinaldi wedding. Hope to have my next blog up soon!