July 24 – Hang on Tight/Forester Pass

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to hike in the rain.

Wallace Creek to above Vidette Meadow
18 miles

What an amazing day. The weather pattern continued so I got started early to beat some of the storm. Today I climbed Forester Pass, the tallest pass on the JMT/PCT and is over 13,000 feet. It is kinda like climbing Whitney. When I got to the top, hail and wind hit. I was there like 2 seconds. Today I also visited my favorite place in the Sierras, the Bighorn Plateau. I was inspired.

The lighting all day was incredible and it rained off and on all day. Rain gear was essential and my trash compactor bag worked perfectly as a rain cover once again. I am camped in a beautiful spot with expansive views. I am clean, well fed and the storm has passed. Yaaaay!

Morning Light
Morning Light
Bighorn Plateau
View of Mount Russell and Whitney from Bighorn Plateau
Tarn on Bighorn Plateau
Tarn on Bighorn Plateau
Bighorn Plateau
Bighorn Plateau
Foxtail
Foxtail Pines
Diamond Mesa
Diamond Mesa
Looking toward Forester Pass in the Storm
Looking toward Forester Pass (middle) in the Storm
Marmot
Marmot
Forester Pass
Forester Pass
Monument on the way up Forester Pass
Monument on the way up Forester Pass
Storm at the top of Forester Pass
Storm at the top of Forester Pass
West Vidette
West Vidette Peak
View from Campsite
View of Vidette Meadow and East Vidette Peak from My Campsite

4 Comments

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  2. Wow. I am leaning toward the JMT, I am just worried about the last bit where you have to carry 10 days food, I don’t think I can do 20 miles a day in that elevation with those passes.

  3. The colors in that first photo are great!

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