Day 35, 6/7, Independence, CA, M-788, 9mi

Today’s miles were mostly off trail to get over Kearsarge Pass and get to the town of Independece, CA to resupply.

I ran into these guys just as I headed out of camp, all who have hiked the AT in the last 2yrs. I even met one of them last year at the Woodshole Farm! They are getting their AM coffee fix at Bullfrog Lake.

B-Rad hikes with his service dog Lola.

A morning of snowfields.

Several hiker-specks making the final ascent.

A break at the top of the Pass to gear up for the glissade down. (A link to the VIDEO).

Here we are 2500′ below the odd at the Onion Valley trailhead hoping to find a ride 15 miles down the mountain into town.

One way to find shade…these boxes are used by day hikers so bears don’t break into their cars trying to steal food.

After three hours one of the four vehicles in the lot was finally leaving. We fit 8 hikers and packs into the Toyota Tacoma.

I hung on for dear life 🙂
I woke up this AM to maybe 30 degrees and snow everywhere. By 2pm I was in town where it’s 98 degrees…just can’t win 😉

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