3. Mt. Whitney to Onion Valley
Whitney! I got up early and had a cold ascent of Whitney. I wanted to
stay out of the sun going up, and that happened. [Whitney
is the hightest mountian in the lower 48 states: 14, 492'.]
On my way down, met two swarthy, sexy older men on their way up Whitney.
They had dropped pack in marmot heaven. I warned them and they came back
and got their packs.
Richard & Lori Joy were at Crabtree when I got back. It was good to finally
We hiked on to Bighorn Plateau.
23.7 miles today. I hiked a lot because that included the elevation gain
and loss for Whitney!
Someone put "Oh my god" in rocks on the trail. The 360 was gorgeous. I
wish I'd photographed the rock writing.
It's nice hiking with Richard and Lori Joy. We got to Bullfrog Lake after
coming up from Vidette Meadow (?). We are set for going over Kersarge
Pass tomorrow. Have some weird blisters on my hands.
Had my scariest river crossing fall today. It was a stream that started
with W. I was face down with the weight of my pack pushing my face into
the stream. R & LJ were out of earshot downstream, having elected to get
wet. I was acutely aware of the danger as my body fell and my face approached
the water. Only 1/4 of my head actually dipped in the water before I controlled
the weight of my pack. A lot flashed before my eyes, and the resounding
answer was, "I'm not going to let this happen." I got some fear strength.
I HAVE POOR JUDGEMENT WHEN I'M TIRED.
14.5 miles today, but I suspect the mileage is off. It felt longer.
R, LJ and I hiked to Onion Valley after an early start. It was more elevation
gain getting to Kersarge than I remember. LJ had stashed their food in
a single, light Bearikade bear canister in Onion Valley before they set
out. I was going to Independence for my first town day. We stashed stuff
that we didn't need to take up or down Kersarge just off the trail.