Night got fairly cold at the Andersons. Someone said the thermometer read in the mid 30s in the early am. I stayed warm enough in my sleeping bag which is rated in the mid 30s, though at this point it has at least 1500 miles of hiking on it and has lost a bit of loft….hoping that it will be good through the Sierras. I have a down coat and pants, but sent them ahead to Kennedy Meadows, not expecting this unseasonable coolness that this area is experiencing.
Joe Anderson was making pancakes by the time I made it up to the house, around 6:30am. 10-20 hikers already in the kitchen and living room having round one of some really good pancakes.
Headed back out to the trail at 8:30. Climbed a good deal and then were ridge walking most of the day. Temps were fairly cool for most of the day…had a mix of clouds and sun. These past couple days have been easy to stay hydrated compared to most of the rest of the trail. 3 liters seems like enough for 20 miles when I am not constantly sweating it off.
Tonight we are staying at a large camp area at 5200 feet. There are not many hikers here, just two others besides our group of 4. I expect it will be quite chilly tonight. We could see our breath when we were having dinner. We all headed to our tents by 7pm, which is the earliest that we have done so, but the cold makes one want to get in the sleeping bag early.
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 413.6