Chicken Spring Lake after Cottonwood Pass.

JMT 2011, Day 4 -- 9/1/11

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Start 741.0, Stop: 755.0, Miles Hiked: 14.0

What to say about today? It was probably not our best. Hopefully it will be our worse performance. We did only 14 miles – when we were thinking it would be an easy 19. Everybody has blisters. And we started late: 7:55am. At first, seemed okay, but we had to climb 1300 feet. Andrew appears lethargic -- I am sure it is from not eating. On the way up to Cottonwood pass he was over an hour behind me and Wes; Wes went back to find him. From that point on we decided to always stick with him to make sure he is doing okay. Even so, the rest of the day was real slow going.

I want to mention that Andrew’s backpack doesn’t fit him. He is too skinny to tighten the waist belt enough to take the weight off his shoulders. This has caused him to have big sores and rashes on his shoulders. That, combined with his huge blisters on his feet, and lack of eating must make hiking very unpleasant. I am glad he has not given up on us.

Our pump broke today. We had to use it, one time, in water that wasn’t 100 percent pure two days ago. That is all it took—it has been on a downward spiral since. Brand new $80 pump broke. Now it is dead weight. These things are worthless.

I haven’t been feeling great either. The nauseated feeling came on me a day or two ago, and hasn’t let go. I have been through this before, but not for a few years. I know I can just keep going and it will be gone soon enough. But still, the going is rough for now.

Last things: we slept outside with no tents. The mosquitoes are non-existent. Hard to believe after the first night, but makes the trip so much more pleasant.

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Andrew's big blister. He says this one doesn't bother him much.
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All fixed.
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Wes on a lookout.
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Typical views.
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Chicken Spring Lake. Just a puddle after Cottonwood pass.
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Now we are getting somewhere.
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A happy Wesley.
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At the border between Golden Trout Wilderness and Sequoia.
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Look close: somebody couldn't spell "Lightning"
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Camp. Near Siberian Pass trail junction.