Date: 23 May 2018 09:23PM PDT
Location: Camping near mile 804
Today's Miles: 14.9
Total Miles: 804
Woke up with the sun this morning but was pretty chilly so I hung out in the bag for a bit. Sun ended up rising and hitting my tent, which made it much easier to pack up.
Spent the entire morning climbing up Pinchot Pass. There was snow on either side for miles, and it was incredibly slow going. Even though I was out of camp around 0800, by 1300 I had only traveled five miles - hiking in snow is hard no matter how you try and go about it.
Made up some time in the afternoon once getting below 11,000 feet, but the trail was still a wet and slushy melted snowy mess. Mostly downhill for a couple of miles was nice, but then the entire afternoon was back up hill and onto another pass.
Didn't make it up and over the next pass as I intended to, legs were just too shot to even try.
Camped as close to the pass as I could, a few miles out and another night sleeping above 10,000 feet. No official campsites around so I walked until I found a flat enough spot to put up my tent. Last campsite a couple of miles down the mountain had a fire started, a great idea to take off the chill and dry out wet boots and socks. No one else at this site so I decided to do the same, starting a small fire after setting up camp.
Moving slower through the Sierra than I'd like. Definitely tough in these mountains. Looking forward to getting into smoother terrain.