Miles: 15.3 + 2 miles off trail = 17.3
PCT: 957.9 – 973.2
Total Miles: 1025.2
Elevation gain: 3660
steep peaks, all hard rock surfaces. worst day ever.. beautiful day. more trouble with water. right knee trouble.
This was the most difficult day I can remember. The climbs were so steep, I crawled up them. My feet were shredded by the rocks. I decided to cut the day short, just before a last huge climb. I couldn’t take any more pain. On top of that, I accidentally went off trail again adding 2 wasted miles to the day.
It was another beautiful weather day. I really can’t complain about the weather so far in the Sierras.
I had trouble again with water. The reliable sources are coming up dry. This means that I have to carry more water in case the next source is not there. Bummer.
You can see why a second trail is created. Water washes out the original trail, leaving roots exposed and blocking the path. Lots of times they are filled with rocks, making them impassable.
Bill (Blackhawk Down)