6/6/18, 23.3 miles
This morning we were up early about 4am using headlamps since reports said that the southern and northern snow fields were miles long. It would be 3 miles on the south approach and 5 miles on the north decent. By 5:40 we had to cross about 20 yards of 6″ deep water so the rest of the frigid morning and afternoon will be in wet feet!
I think Muir Pass was probably the toughest pass so far due to the long ascent/decents. Or it could also be that all this climbing is draining what energy I have left!We also just barely got off the snow before postholing started. We lost Doe Doe today as well, looks like he kicked into high gear and went further ahead. I know his wife would be joining him soon to finish out the PCT.
Fortunately my resupply at Vermillion Valley Resort is now 20 miles away as I only have a packet of coffee, 5 oatmeal packets for tonight and some Lifesaver candy! I didn’t account very well for added calories being used with all this climbing!
A photo as the sunrise hit this peak with the moon above.
Flowing snow melt.
This view is looking upward and steep, notice the switchbacks.
Finally the Muir hut and summit is in sight!!
I layed on the floor of the hut to take this picture of the ceiling, I liked the geometry of it.
Here is one of several water crossings today. Notice the rocks to step across and there are 3 hikers on a big boulder on the other side ready to give applause if we don’t fall in.
This is Evolution Creek (alternate route), it was a slow moving stream and came up to high thigh!!