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... I was studding my topo-map as usual to see what type of terrain to expect. Seeing that pass nears 3700 meters, I did the conversion in my head to realize that it neared almost 11,800 ft. Damn!!! I wasn't expecting that. I had in my head that today was to be an easy day. Off I went down the trail paralleling a beautiful creek, dropping down to 9500 ft. Eventually the trail began to climb. It was hard not to stop many times to take pictures of ...
... were patches of snow above 11,500 ft on the south slope of Forester. The alpine lakes and tarns above 12500 feet were frozen over with blue ice. As the trail climbed ever higher, it is easy to marvel at the engineering that went into building this section of the trail. The trail as it approaches the pass is carved into the rock wall. Eventually we get to the pass, having to scramble to the left a ...
... starting at about elevation 12,000 with a few icy spots. I had packed micro-spike, but did fine negotiating around the icy spots with just my hiking poles. Needless to say, the views kept getting better and better the higher up I went. At the summit, you could see for miles far away. This time summiting Whitney was better than last time. Last time I was here, it became cloudy and it snowed. This time around, it was a sunny and clear with minimal to ...
... read that that this ford can be intense in regular snowpack years. From there, the trail climbed steeply for 3 miles up to 10,900 feet, followed by an easy descent to Crabtree Meadows (10,300 feet). I arrived here first by 4:30pm, followed by the rest of the group 15 minutes later. This meadow is very picturesque. The views of the peaks ...
... indeed awesome. With all this food down, I was carb loaded and ready for the next 12 miles and 2500 foot climb. Man, was I hiking fast uphill. The other hikers I past were spooked by me, maybe because I was all breathing like a train, charging up the mountain. They definitely let me pass them. I was definitely doing better than yesterday. I was on fire. When I saw a clear view of the Owens Valley and the town of Ridgecrest, CA higher up the ridge, I had to stop to see if I ...