Kearsage pass 788+ 7.5miles back to pct) - Mammoth Lakes 906
To get back to the PCT we had to ascend to Kearsage Pass. Full of energy we passed all the day-hikers and John Muir Trail hikers on the way uphill (Suus and Kristy passed some young athletic hikers- which made them proud and left the hikers amazed and frustrated).
We hiked about 20miles per day, with one to two passes per day and up tp 6000 feet of ascending ...sorry, we are just proud of ourselves and we need to show off a little bit.
The Sierras are just beautiful: mountain passes, small streams, trees, mosquitos, mosquitos, mosquitos...yeah, there are Mosquitos, it is not thaaaat bad, but it seems like every section has it's poison. If you keep on walking, you're fine. But if you have a brake to filter water, you get bitten. I tried to ignore them. Now my legs look like the Sierras. Kristy said that my Kryptonite is mosquitos, since I did not have any physical problems so far.
But it is wonderful here. We slept in the stone hut on the Muir pass and swam in lakes and streams.
After I bought new sunglasses in Bishop, Khaki, an experienced hiker we walked with for a while, found them in a stream we were swimming in. I was surprised that I lost them and when I got out of the water I found my glasses still being on their place. So now Suus and I have the same glasses...couple-style...isn't that a coincidence?
Khaki (the color of his clothes) makes his gear himself. He walks the PCT because he just retired at 56. He has a lot of stories to tell about hiking the Sierras and ultralight-gear. He also was bitten by a spider in the desert while he was sleeping and still has an ugly wound on his arm from that... We also talked about cultural differences and it was interesting for me to hear his opinion about the right to own guns in the U.S., which is written down in their constitution.
After six long days of hiking we reached Red's Meadows in the morning, where Khaki waited for us (he is fast) to have breakfast together. We took the bus to Mammoth lakes, which is hiker-friendly but a touristy place. Here we resupplied and met Methinks and his girlfriend (Robertos has delicious Mexican food!)
We are now going on to Toulomne, Markleeville and South lake Tahoe... so we will reach the 1000 mile mark within the next week (Yippie!)
Almost there ;p
John Muir hut. 11.955 feet) We slept here. The best stars ever :)
Inside the hut, in the morning
Plenty of super clean, fresh, ice cold water!!
The river crossing are very mild this year. It is fun though.