I climbed the final mile to Glen Pass this morning at 11968′. I got a late start and it was hot early so it took a little while. There was no snow on the south side and only a little bit of snow on the north side so it was very easy to navigate.

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Today was absolutely gorgeous, lots of alpine lakes and meadows, but hard, lots of elevation change and rocks. I thought I’d be able to make good time going downhill for several miles but it was too rocky to move quickly. I didn’t get to the bottom around 8500′, where I’d planned on eating lunch, until almost 2pm. I caught up to a few other people there and learned everyone was going slow.

Right after lunch, I went over a very swinging suspension bridge, passed the 800 mile mark, and went by the Woods Creek Slide, part of the creek that rushes down smooth granite for a while. It looked like a fun ride.

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I started heading uphill again, with the intention of getting over Pinchot Pass, but I was just too slow. I didn’t want to wait until I got over the pass that late to eat dinner, so I stopped and cooked a few miles ahead. The mosquitoes are coming out in full force so I had to cover all skin and put my head net on.

Jabba, another AT ’13er, walked up while I was eating. I knew I had just missed him in town so I was hoping to run into him. He does really big miles so I probably will not see him again on this trail.

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I decided to go a few more miles, even though I knew I wouldn’t make it over the pass before dark. I’m only a mile away though so I plan to get up early and get it done. Only 15.7 miles today. I need to start getting up super early again if I’m going to be this slow.

Written by Siren

2 Comments

Kelly

Love that bridge. 15 miles sounds like the norm for JMT without really pushing your limits and still enjoying big passes.

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