May 16th - Day 52 - Mile 832.9 I woke up at 3 AM to a cold morning likely in the mid twenties. I made three oatmeal packs with some coffee for motivation. The goal would be Mather pass. We had great walking conditions except for a few creek crossings. The snow was firm and we made it to the pass by 8:00 AM. The majestic scenery continues on and on in this range of mountains. John Muir was so right. I will want to read all of his writings about this paradise. We got down to a flat area and had a big snack. Afterward, we cruised downhill for miles and made it a o the middle fork of the Kings River. It was an incredible area with huge trees and there was as a confluence or 2 streams to form the middle fork. That was the low point at around 8200 ft. We had dinner and enjoyed the warmer temps. We’d have to get back up to 10,000 ft to camp to be in position for Muir pass, a distance of 5 miles. On the way up I had a heel issue on my right foot that slowed me but I’d be fine. When I got to camp, I was overwhelmed with the towering mountains above. This may be the finest view from camp ever for me. WOW! #sierranevada#adventure#nobo#backpacking#pct#pct2018#hikertrash#hiking#pcta#nobo#posthole#kingscanyonnationalpark#mountains 🗻
I don't know how you deal with this, but almost on a daily basis I need to feel things are moving along...a goal, a project, an idea, whatevs, doesn't need to be huge. Progress; Moving; Forward, know what I mean? Standing still or waiting fits me like a cube fits in a round hole.
I know, life is a winding road; at this time dealing with an injury that forces me to stop (argh!) and slow moving projects...just things getting stuck, no drama though. I should be smiling all day long right? .
Still. This mama here is working to zen this shit out 🤨
On a positive note, one more weekend of family obligations and then on the road with Moja Fox! Shasta on the menu + mountaineering class for meeee! 🙌🏻😀 Cannot wait!
The mountains in the background form the Great Western Divide and supply the Kaweah River with fresh snowmelt. A beautiful view on our walk along the High Sierra Trail.
May 15th - Day 51- me 811.7 - it was an early wake up for this day. I had breakfast just after 3:30 AM. The group for the day would be myself space jam, yoga bae, and 2 speed. We started the morning out at 4 AM. We wanted to make sure that we were going to be walking on firm snow is much is possible to get up and over Pinchot Pass at The elevation of 12,107 feet. We walked up in a crisp morning with frost covering the grasses. We crossed creeks with frozen, icy rocks to skip across. The day started to provide incredible views as we started up the 4000 foot elevation gain along Woods Creek. The climb for me was especially difficult On this day. I believe it was that I didn’t drink enough water and became dehydrated. For only having that 11 miles I felt completely beat up. The post holing through snow knee deep hurts. I especially become concerned about my left knee because I have a moderate torn ACL. But it’s holding up well so far. After reaching Pinchot pass, it was great to see all the towering mountains around and frozen lakes below. The scenery is spectacular. Feel very blessed to be out here even though it’s a tough hike. After only a small amount of post holing we reached the area where we dried all of her clothes out and rested for several hours. We decided we wouldn’t be attempting to do Mather pass today because of the snow conditions. We’d wait for early in the morning and push for it is known to be a difficult pass. There was a river crossing, The South Fork of the Kings River and we decided to cross it and camp. So cool to camp at 10,000 feet and have towering mountains all around. The four of us shared some stories, cooked some food and turned in at 7:30 #sierranevada ##sierra#hiking#hikecalifornia#hikertrash#hikingadventures#pacificcresttrail#thruhiker#nobo#pct2018#pctig#pct#getoutdoors#backpacker#backpacking
Day 50 - Mile 799.7 - The idea for the day was to get up and leave by first light. The first obstacle would be Kearsarge pass at elevation 11,760ft. The walk up the mountain in the morning was smooth and quick. I was feeling good for the 7 1/2 miles back to the PCT. The next challenge would be Glen pass at 11,948 ft. It ended up being such a tough day with all of the elevation change and snow to consider. When doing two passes in one day, it is difficult to pass the snow as it warms. I began post holing once again. But I made it to camp where I set up my tent and had a fire to dry clothing items. Since I was carrying about 20 lbs. of food I ate until I could eat no more. That is a great thing in the backcountry of the Sierras! There will be several early mornings on this leg of the hike. I believe I was asleep before dark. My exhaustion level was maxed. #sierranevada#adventure#backpacking#nobo#hikertrash#hikecalifornia#hikingadventures#pct2018#pct#backpacker#pctig#pacificcresttrail#lovewhatyoudo#thruhiker
After days in isolation in the mountains, this bakery and cafe feels like the epitome of civilisation but actually we’re still in the middle of nowhere, at the side of a mountain, surrounded by forest and birdsong. Soul food!