Olancha Pass to Trail Pass
Mile 724.5 – Mile 745.3
I was pleasantly surprised this morning that I didn’t freeze overnight and my ankle felt better. One thing about camping high is that almost always the walk in the morning descends and this morning was no different. In general, the PCT stands out as a very well graded trail. There’s nothing too steep either way though sometimes uneven footing becomes a literal pain. Not so this morning and I enjoyed a smooth walk through the woods.
Ever closer loom the snow draped Sierras. There have been isolated patches of snow above 10,000 feet but nothing of consequence. I’m not sure what the snow level is but it seems to be rising nicely for my hike so far.
Happily around lunchtime at a place that called Owens Valley Viewpoint, a gap in the mountains revealed the floor of the eastern desert where Highway 395 runs north south. I say happily because for the first time in days I had cell service. My phone beeped and chirped as if I had just won a jackpot.
Being out here alone doesn’t bother me but lack of connection to my love, family, and friends erodes my resolve. I have always professed to be a self assured independent but I’m learning that methinks I doth profess too much.
Tomorrow things will get more interesting with higher passes and entry into Sequoia National Park. I am mulling whether or not to tackle Mt Whitney. It adds a day to an already aggressive plan and I’m leaning towards keeping my powder (food, time, energy) dry for what I came to do- hike the PCT!
By the way, 50 points to my brother Dave for figuring out that the ridge line in this blog’s logo is the south to north track of the PCT laid on its side. I’m now ahead of where the little dude is plodding. Woot! Surely but slowly I’m walking my way home.