Dan (another hiker we met at VVR) asked the night before if he could hike with us because he was a solo hiker and was looking for someone to hike with for part of the way. We said sure. We left VVR around 9ish but had to wait for the ferry and didn't hit the trail until around 11:20 a.m. (late!).
The spot where the ferry to VVR picks you up. Dan is to the left and the other guy is a PCT hiker.
We knew this day was going to be bad because we had almost 10 miles uphill ahead of us. The first ascent was Bear Ridge, 2000 feet in 1.5-2 miles. Oh my goodness!! So tough!! And with completely full packs (due to our resupply of food)! But we got through it, eventually. I was incredibly thirsty during this climb and went through my whole Nalgene and some of John's.
entering the John Muir Wilderness
beauty all around us
one of many streams
beautiful sunset on the Sierras (near Marie Lake)
incredible Marie Lake sunset
Anyway, up up up! Finally around 7:30 we arrived at camp (near Marie Lake) and I thought Dan and I were going to pass out on the spot. John had a lot of energy. We set up camp, made our dinners and are now going to bed after a beautiful, short sunset. Tomorrow...Selden Pass.
more Marie Lake sunset
Just look at the colors in that sky, amazing.
What hurts: feet, calves, back. John is fine.
Our Marie Lake campsite (yes, I was very cold)
Total JMT miles: 100 (yay!)