Date: 25 May 2018 07:26PM PDT
Location: Camping near mile 835
Today's Miles: 21.1
Total Miles: 835
Much better day today.
Managed to climb up and over Mather Pass before the snow started to melt and shift this morning, made for a *much* more pleasant walk. While not as comfortable or easy as walking on the ground, the snow was hard enough to walk on top of, with minimal post holing. Might try and get up early tomorrow if it means walking on top of snow instead of in it, for a few hours at least.
Started post holing like crazy on the north side of Mather for a few hours, but luckily the trail dipped down as far as 8,000 feet for part of the day. Below 9,000 feet the snow was pretty much nonexistent, making the walking much easier. Got to see grass, lizards, chipmunks and squirrels, even some deer. It's a whole different world down below snow line, actually looks and feels like spring.
Springtime conditions were short lived as I climbed back up to the next pass. Managed to hike three miles out from the pass before calling it quits for the day. Trail snow started to make an appearance and this late in the day it was like a slushy snow cone, no fun to walk on. Pitched my tent at one of the last campsites before the summit.
I planned on averaging twenty miles a day through this section, something that is obviously not happening. Fourteen miles the first day, ten the second. Managed twenty miles today, but I don't expect that to be the norm. While I usually bring extra food out, at this rate I'm going to have to ration or risk running out before Mammoth.
The John Muir Ranch and VVR are a day and two away respectfully. Hopefully one of them is open, definitely will need to make the side trip in to grab whatever resupply I can manage.