Day 22: Mount Whitney!

15 August 2022 Tarns above Guitar Lake to Whitney Portal (14 miles, +2,900/-6,500 feet). Well it happened again! Half Cookie’s sleeping pad deflated last night, just like it did on our last trip. So I offered to swap with her to keep her warm. My body temperature was fine, but the ground was quite hard…

Day 21: The Spectacular Bighorn Plateau

14 August 2022 Tyndall Creek to tarns above Guitar Lake (12 miles, +2,800/-1,900 feet). I have to apologize: today was very scenic and we took too many photos! I should probably have culled this set a little better, but I couldn’t kill my darlings. Anyhoo, our campsite last night was super comfy and this morning…

Day 20: Forester Pass

13 August 2022 Bubbs Creek to Tyndall Creek (11 miles, +3,200/-2,200 feet). We all got good sleep last night and it looks like another dry day. But we have a very long 7 mile uphill climb ahead of us, so time to get started! We got a very nice break at some campsites near 11,200…

Day 19: Rae Lakes and Glen Pass

12 August 2022 Sixty Lakes Basin outlet to Bubbs Creek (11 miles, +3,200/-2,700 feet). Today was my favorite day yet! The weather was perfect. Half Cookie finally got to see Rae Lakes again. And UltraShuffle was ear-to-ear smiles going over Glen Pass. We woke up in our picture-perfect campsite, had a leisurely breakfast, and then…

Day 18: Pinchot Pass

11 August 2022 Lake Marjorie to Sixty Lake Basin outlet (12 miles, +2,100/-3,700 feet). It was a little chilly down here by the lake last night, but not too bad. The weather continues to look like we are drying out a bit, so we are optimistic for another rain-free day. The climb up to Pinchot…

Day 17: Mather Pass

10 August 2022 Palisade Lakes to Marjorie Lake (12 miles, +2,700/-2,200 feet). The past two days have been tough with heavy packs and soaking wet conditions. But it finally looks like we might have a dry(ish) day! And we are not that far from Mather Pass, so I feel a lot less worried about making…

Day 16: Up the Golden Staircase

9 August 2022 Lake 10742 to Palisade Lakes (13 miles, +2,800/3,000 feet). I stayed up quite a while last night trying to figure out a Plan B in case we needed to hike Half Cookie out today. But it turns out it was needless worry. Her swelling went down overnight and she was in good…

Day 15: Back to the JMT

8 August 2022 Bishop Pass Trail to Lake 10742 (8 miles, +2,400/-1,400 feet). Two summers ago, Ultrashuffle and some other friends joined Half Cookie and me to hike about 2/3 of the John Muir Trail, starting at South Lake and ending in Yosemite. Well, today, Ultrashuffle, Half Cookie, and I finally have a chance to…

Guppy Pass

3 August 2022 Trail Lake to Mosquito Flat (5 miles, +1,000/-1,900 feet). Well, I’d like to say that I was so tired last night that I was able to sleep padless on the soggy, stoney slope that we moved our tent to. But not so much. This morning everyone was happy but tired. One more…