We soon ran into another hiker, Sarong, who we had been leap-frogging with for a couple days, and ended up hiking with him for the rest of the day.
Two things were significant about today: 1. We left Yosemite, which also means the terrain leveled out a bit, and 2. We passed the thousand mile mark on our trek!
I remember back when we started, thinking that 1000 miles seemed so far away, and yet here we are. It's crazy to have hiked this far and not even be half way yet!
So we headed over Dorothy Lake Pass, which officially led us out of Yosemite, and began what would be our last climb up to higher altitudes (10,880 ft). We crossed the 1000 mile mark and someone had put a rock line across the trail and spelled out in rocks "1000." So we took a few pictures, swated at a few mosquitos, and rolled on toward higher ground.
Evenually the trees gave way to gravelly, snow-patched mountains, and we climbed up onto a ridge that offered great views of the surrounding peaks (although they were a bit hazy due to the fires that are raging somewhere in Northern Cali. We don't see fire, but we sure are getting the smokey haze).
We climbed up to 10,640 ft and made ouselves a camp on a very rocky mountainside. We tossed aside the bigger rocks, smoothed and leveled the gravel, and fell asleep thankful: 1.we had sleeping pads to cushion us from the rocks,
2.there were no mosquitos, and
3.we only had 5.8 miles left to walk with the extra weight of bear canisters and ice axes.
Tomorrow, Sonora Pass...
Camp 58:Rocky Ridge with Sarong
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