17: Forester Pass

CALIFORNIA - June 25-28

Our next big milestone was hiking over Forester Pass. We heard from some south bound JMT hikers that the south and North sides of the pass still had snow so we were all eager to try out our Microspikes and ice axes :) For most of us this would be the first time ever using either!

 one last look back at Mt. Whitney

one last look back at Mt. Whitney

 facing Forester. The V with the crevice about 1/3 of the way in from the right of the photo is Forester- where we'll be passing over the mounting range.

facing Forester. The V with the crevice about 1/3 of the way in from the right of the photo is Forester- where we'll be passing over the mounting range.

 summit frog

summit frog

 who's excited to climb Forester!?!?

who's excited to climb Forester!?!?

 the view from the pass

the view from the pass

 We made it! (Along with a couple other random people)

We made it! (Along with a couple other random people)

 sprinkles looking bad ass with her ice axe and Yoda's crushing it with her Microspikes!

sprinkles looking bad ass with her ice axe and Yoda's crushing it with her Microspikes!

I had a little bit of trouble post holing because we crossed the pass in the afternoon but we all made it through.

 coming down the north side of Forester Pass

coming down the north side of Forester Pass

finally found a place where I had sure footing.

 panoramic of the view

panoramic of the view

Zuul glissading down the mountain - it's quicker than walking :)

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 part of the haze is from the Lake Isabella forest fire. 

part of the haze is from the Lake Isabella forest fire. 

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That night we had amazing trail magic! Up at Forester another hiker had mentioned that there might be some at a campsite about 7 miles from the top of the pass. We had only planned on making it just over the pass to camp but at the mention of TM we started hauling down the mountain and we were not disappointed! They had a shot of whiskey waiting for every hiker that came through as well as quesadillas and pasta for dinner that night. The people responsible for it all had hired mules to bring in all the food and goods!

Atthe the end of the evening we all moved from the campfire to watch the Alpenglow of the mountain and we're serenaded with guitar and flute music- truly a special night. 

The next day we headed down the kearsarge pass trail to Independence/ Bishop for some R&R and to resupply. Can't wait to get back out there, we have many more passes to cross over. 

On top of Kearsarge Pass. We'll have to climb back up this beast later today to get back to the PCT...

Outro