Day 117 - 7/24/18 (flip SOBO from Ashland, OR to Lone Pine, CA).
July 26, 2018
Mile 936.45 to 919.88 for 16.57 miles with an elevation gain of 3378 and loss of 2568. Total PCT miles 1541.36. Camp is 1.16 miles south of Agnew Pass at an elevation of 9681 ft. We got hiking at 10:15 after drying out our gear on a huge slab of granite. Things dried quickly under the hot sun. We got into camp at 8:15. Early on we met our first Ranger and showed her our permits. She let us know the weather forecast was for 40% chance of thunderstorms today and 30% for the foreseeable future. We hiked through many more big grassy meadows before climbing up and over Donohue Pass at 11,073 feet. It was amazingly warm on top and we had cell service for the first time in a while. We watched marmots play while I chatted with Fawn and Jerry made motel reservations in Mammoth Lakes. There were boards of people on top and many more streaming up from the north. The Ansell Adams wilderness was spectacular just below the pass as was Island Pass. We ran into “Metric Ton” aka Duct Tape” who we started with on 3/30. He is famous for his very heavy pack. He is making steady progress hiking north, and acknowledges that the heavy pack has slowed him down. We were relying on a reported water source for camp that did not pan out. When we did come to water Jerry started filtering and I hand carried the tent and sleeping pads further down the trail looking for a tent site. After about .5 miles I returned and went back up the trail past Jerry to a site seen earlier. It was getting late so wanted the tent up and water before dark. Just as I was finishing a local came up and said I had taken the site he was gunning for. The view was spectacular and he set up about 15 feet from us.