Date: 18 May 2018 09:23PM PDT
Location: Camping near Crabtree Ranger Station
Today's Miles: 24
Total Miles: 767
Last start this morning. Another night walking until dark, found a nice spot in an old corral by a spring just off trail. Wasn't as cold last night as it has been, but it was still chilly enough that getting out of the bag was a chore.
Definitely into the Sierra. Once arriving st 10,000 feet, the terrain started to change dramatically. The ground has turned to a gritty, gravely, sandy mixture. Ground plants are few and far between. Trees are minimal, with much space between, and large boulders and rock formations dot the landscape.
Bit of a slog today. Much elevation was gained and lost. I've heard that a combined 10,000 feet ascended and descended is about what a personal who's in shape should be able to do before legs feel like jello the next day - been getting close to that number a lot the past few days.
Started hailing, freezing rain, and raining on me this afternoon. Nothing like being soaked through above 10,000 feet with freezing temperatures at night. Managed alright, just going to bundle up well tonight.
Going to attempt a early wake up and sunrise hike Mt. Whitney. It's going to be super cold, and I fully expect to be wearing every piece of clothing I'm carrying, but it's a once and a lifetime sort of thing to be both in shape, and have a permit for the summit, so I'm going for it.