Bearcant's 2005 Pacific Crest Trail Misadventure
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Central California
Starting: Section H6 - Lake Marjorie
Ending:  Section H9 - Middle Fork Kings River

Mather Pass: the best one yet. After a fairly snow free approach, I decided to play it smart. I sat at the bottom of the ascent and studied the route. After 15 minutes I decided on a route that made a beeline for the highest switchback on the left side. I slowly put on my crampons, got out my ice axe, and hit the snow. I had a blast heading up, kicking great steps and taking it slow. Pete & Jason headed straight up on an extremely high line heading straight for the ice chute at the top. Par for the course. I actually reached the top before them and got some great photos of their ascent.

More great fishing at Palisades lake which was full of rainbows, but again, nothing larger then 7 inches.

The section of trail from Palisades Lake to the Middle Fork of the King River is a true feat of human engineering. The switchbacks are literally carved out of the stone walled canyon.

Wanting to get as close to Muir Pass as possible since the snow is hardest (and easiest to walk over) in the morning, we walked until dark, headlamps blazing. Accidentally found a great camping spot where in my rush to set up camp I broke the top pole to my tent. My tent is now little more then a very expensive ground cloth.

Hope it doesn't rain...


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