Over The Hump

Well, cowboy camping last night failed. I was so tired, I thought I’d try it, maybe see the stars again. But I couldn’t see the stars through the bug-bivy, besides they come out too late. Then a hard dew had fallen by midnight. The top of my bag was soaked. Then a breeze began to blow. Then it dropped below freezing. There was heavy frost on my bag when I broke camp at six. Cold.

I love how easy it is to find a stealth spot in the Sierra. They’re everywhere.

Fairly nice trail up to Dorothy Lake Pass except for all the mud-holes.

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WTF Yosemite? I thought this was one of our premier National Parks! I thought the PCT was a National Scenic Trail. You would think when the two come together they could make a nice trail.

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I had a very nice lunch at Dorothy Lake. It was a bit breezy and I had to put large rocks on my stuff to keep it from blowing away while I was trying to dry it.

Almost instantly past the park boundary the trail got better and I got cell service!!!!!! I was able to call my Uncle Jay and he is able to meet me tomorrow (Tuesday) and not Wednesday as planned when I left Mammoth. This was a huge relief. I was all planning how slow I would go, even contemplating a nap when I realized I still had quite a few miles to go to be at Sonora Pass on time. So I kept walking until 1730.

I saw a nice looking coyote in a meadow. He was running off before I could get a good picture.

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I wanted to get up high, away from the mosquitoes and bears, so I camped on this windy pass around 10,000 feet. Found this nice stealth spot nestled in some trees. Once I set my tarp up, it was quite pleasant in there! I took my shoes and socks off and was able to let my feet air out without fear of insect bites.

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Stealth camping.

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You can see my shelter now with the sun on it.

IMG_0682Very quiet and peaceful up here.

It was really awesome until I got bored. 1730 is kind of early to camp but there was nothing for miles after that, so….

I can’t believe how much food I have! Yes, I’ve made up two days, and therefore have two days of extra food, but I have more than that. At bedtime I packed and re-packed the bear canister until I just barely fit everything in. At last! Then I looked over and saw the super-size Snickers. Doh!

2 thoughts on “Over The Hump

  1. That would have been my sign to eat the Snickers…..since the bear canister was full an all:)

    Just curious, how is the possible ingrown toe feeling? Did you try the duct tape or you found another solution to the problem?

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