Day 53: Snowy Crossings

Day 53: Snowy Crossings

2 miles on the Whitney Spur Trail to the PCT Junction. Mile 767  to 775.34. We have been told that the trail starts to get real after Mt. Whitney. There are navigational challenges, a number of river fords, near complete snow coverage, and of course Forester...
Day 52: Getting High in the Sierra

Day 52: Getting High in the Sierra

No PCT miles. I awoke to my second alarm at 1:02 and pulled on my hiking clothes over my thermals. The stars hung low in the sky and the snow covered mountains reflected the half moon’s glow as I crawled from my tent. As I climbed the rock ledge to Vipr’s...
Day 51: Riverdance

Day 51: Riverdance

Mile 760 to 767. Today started with our first true river crossing. We were all excited, but not looking forward to the prospect of wet feet first thing in the morning. We had scouted Rock River the night before and found several potential crossing points. We opted for...
Day 50: Snowy Arrival

Day 50: Snowy Arrival

Mile 745 to 760 (+2 miles from Horseshoe Meadow) The sound of snow hitting my rain fly woke me in the middle of the coldest night on trail. I was wearing my thermals, jacket, hat, hood and two pairs of sleep socks while wrapped up in my quilt. I was warm enough, but...
Day 49: Sierra Moonlight

Day 49: Sierra Moonlight

Mile 735 to 745. We awoke to the Silver glow of moonlight as we crawled out of our tents and started down trail. The horizon was a light gray and the moon hung heavy in the sky. We passed twisted trees and bolders smoothed by the winds as we slide through the night....

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