Date: 24 May 2018 07:29PM PDT
Location: Camping near mile 813.9
Today's Miles: 9.9
Total Miles: 813.9
MAN, what a day. So much for doing twenty miles a day in the Sierra.
Spent another entire morning climbing up to a pass. The snow on the ground slows down the speed of hiking so dramatically, I can't believe I even considered coming into the Sierra this early. The place is so beautiful in the summer and fall, I'm not sure why I thought it would be a good idea to hike it in early spring!
Took all morning getting the few miles over Pinchot Pass, and my feet were wet and frigid all day between trudging and post holing through snow, and fording the high rivers encountered at this time of year.
My plan was to summit Pinchot early, and make it over the next pass today as well. Didn't work out because of the large snow fields one has to cross became a soupy and unstable mess to walk on after 1400.
Made it to the base of the next pass when I bumped into a group of three hikers who had stopped for the day because it's just so damn difficult to walk when the snow is soft. They had the right idea though - even though it was only 1600 they were sitting in the sun, enjoying the view, tents set up already.
I had strong ambitions to keep on hiking, but didn't make it very far. The tent site they were in didn't have any room left, but only a few tenths of a mile through the snow I managed to find another spot to setup my tent in.