This is a standard Sierras view. Pretty terrible.
I'm sitting Independence California, only half way to Vermillion Valley Resort. The last 90 miles have been so amazing, but I have run out of steam and my body has been feeling very weak. As we arrived at the last side trail for an exit from the mountains, Ishmael and I made the choice to hike 9 miles over Kersarge Pass and down to Independence California. As we started over the 11,600 foot pass, the snow began to fall. A warm night in a motel bed and a huge dinner were much needed to rejuvenate my tired body.
Since leaving Kennedy meadows we have crossed flooded streams, summited Mt. Whitney at over 14,400 feet, and passed the highest point on the PCT, Forester Pass, at over 13,000 feet. The nights have been cold, and the days have been tough, but the scenery has been unbelievable. We have another 90 miles to travel over snow before our next resupply, then we will be leaving the ultra high elevations for drier trail.
Me standing on the highest point in the continental US. The Smithsonian hut is in the background. What an amazing place.