Crabtree Meadow to Whitney and back then to Wallace Creek
Right now I am holed up in my tent with rain, hail, and thunder listening to Wired’s playlist on my iPhone. Thanks Wired! You see I had this great day planned:
-Summit Whitney at sunrise, hike back to my camp at Crabtree Meadows, take a 2 hour nap, pack up and hike another 6 miles to my very special place, Bighorn Plateau.
Sounds reasonable right? Well right after I got back to camp after an amazing sunrise summit of Whitney, it started hailing and raining. I quickly threw all my gear in the tent and here I sit 3 1/2 hours later. At one point I got stuck away from my tent and couldn’t get back because of large pebble sized hail. A girl has to go to the bathroom. On top of that I stupidly drank 2 cups of Via coffee in anticipation of hiking late. I do have to add that I am very thankful that I am sheltered and dry. However, it is not reassuring that a boy scout died of lightning in this very area I am camped! Oh and now the hail is so loud I had to turn the Wired tunes off.
Enough of all that, I want to take a moment and express awe of the outstanding lighting I have experienced while hiking this trip. There really is no snow on the mountains to create interest and depth, but the shadows created essentially from sheer light is stunning. And now to get my mind off the intensity of this storm I want to talk gear.
My all time favorite new gear this season is …… my Dirty Girl Gaiters. I originally did not buy them because I thought they were obnoxious and I didn’t like the way their website was set up. By wearing them full-time it saves my socks, shoes, curtails blisters, saves time, and they are comfy and light. I even think they keep my feet cool when it is hot and warm when it is cold. Like now in my tent. I even get compliments on them all the time along with my Tarma Designs PCT earrings. On Whitney today even. So there ya go. My only wish is that I would have tried them years ago.