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... the sleeping bag and dismantled and rolled up my tent. The process went down without much thought beyond what needed to be done next. I don't recall thinking at all about what lay ahead, about what lay beyond just what I was doing, next. The glow of a sunrise was creeping up behind Whitney and the stars were fading out one by one. Before too long I was ready to go although the rest of the group was still pulling their things together. It occurred to me that I ...
... alone, singing "No Bears.....No Bears...." Throughout the day the mouth piece of my water bladder was leaking down my frontside so I finally clipped it onto the edge of my head bandana which just completed my Weirder By The Day Look.
Finally I made it to the top of (yet another) ridge and saw that I must be at Guitar Lake. I could see one tent on the far side of the Lake that I didn't recognize (later I found out it was dear Cornelius, who would be gone ...
... Last night I took at Vicodin for the overall soreness and fatigue. I have just one big blister that hasn't bothered me in the least. Everyone is wrapping their feet with moleskin and lambswool....or as Jody says, lambskin and molewool. I feel like if I meddle with my feet it will make things worse, so if it ain't broke...
Center Basin Creek toTyndall Creek (10,880)
9 hours hiking
Forester Pass elevation 13,200
Forget redwoods, sequoias rule! The other guys can grow taller, but sequoias are the largest trees in the world by volume of wood. The base can have a diameter up to 40 ft. ( 22 ft. for redwooods). They are also better looking. I was truly walking among giants. Kings Canyon Nat. Park is home to the General Grant sequoia, 3rd largest tree in the world. It has been the nation's Christmas tree since ...
We both really disliked this pass. I think the main problem was hear say though. All the south bounders we passed were "Pinchot and Mather pass are both in real good shape and it wouldn't be ridiculous to try them both on the same day." Bullocks. As I mentioned yesterday, there is a sweet timing to making these passes. The early ice is dangerous and scary, but the afternoon slush post hole ...
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101 North Main, Hwy 395, Big Pine | Motelfrom $71