Day 124 - 7/31/18 (flip SOBO from Ashland, OR to Lone Pine, CA).
August 8, 2018
Mile 837.58 to 823.58 for 14 miles with an elevation increase of 1055 and decrease of 3814. Total PCT miles 1637.66. Camp is by Glacier Creek at an elevation of 8880. We were hiking at 6:20 and into camp at 3:30. We had a warm night camping at over 11,000 feet and we had kept both vestibules open which we do almost every night. Skies during the night and in the morning were overcast giving us an ominous sign for today’s weather. We hiked by numerous huge granite walls that were jaw dropping gorgeous. We saw a baby marmot for real this time. Water was flowing abundantly throughout the day. The trail was difficult as it was very rocky with large steps. This has been consistent in the Sierras. Steps up or down as much as 2.5 feet is fatiguing. In particular with our heavy packs. At 12:30 we stopped for lunch and the thunder storms began. We decided to set up our tent and wait it out. At 2:15 we headed back out after packing up. The sun was out and out and there had been no thunder for awhile. However, shortly thereafter thunder and rain resumed with a vengeance. I had just gotten to a tent site with water close by when the rain resumed. Consequently, we set up camp for the second time today. Given our food shortage we shared a meal for dinner and supplemented with the remaining snacks for the day. Tomorrow we are hoping the weather is better and we can make it over Pinchot and Mather Passes. It is distressing that we are unable to make more miles each day. I consoled myself this evening by using four of my Wet Ones to cleanse the dirt from as much of me as possible. It quit raining about 5:30 but we decided to stay put and plan for more miles tomorrow if the weather cooperates. We have run into several hikers who used MTR for their resupply and they came away with similar perspectives. Having the ability to get a resupply box there is valuable, but they do not act like they really want hikers business other than taking $80 per box.