All of Us in Dusy Basin.

Day 14 of JMT Revisited (July 6, 2004)

We got up at about 6:30 am. Lots of people were in camp. Sorted our equipment. Once everything was picked up, we took a group picture of all the resuppliers and the JMTers. Since John Hapgood and Jon Meyer left the day before, there were 13 of us. We gathered in a circle and prayed, with our backpacks on. Then we split up: 6 in one direction, and 7 in the other. As we separated, I talked to Kevin about getting to see his truck, when we all get home.

It was kind of sad, but we all were excited because both groups are on there way home. Ours is just going to take a few more days.

We hiked from 9:00 am until about 12:15 am, when we reached the lowest elevation for the day. Since we camped about a mile from Bishop Pass, we think we did 5 miles to get back to the JMT, and then another 5 miles on the JMT before lunch. We stopped for lunch at a big waterfall where there were professional kayakers going over the falls and taping video of themselves. Wes was impressed with their camera, as it had a “death” lens. He was also impressed with their ability to ride the water.

We all went swimming in the river under the waterfall. There was a rock slide there. Tim said that that was the most fun he has had on the JMT.

We started hiking again at 2:00 pm, going up to Mather Pass. I think we climbed about 2000’ and did another 8 to 10 miles. We are now camped about 2 miles from the pass, above the second of the Palisade Lakes.

We got here at 7:00 pm and I am exhausted. It was all I could do to sit up and eat. Tim suggested that we read scripture, which we got out of the habit on day 7, so we read Roman 8 just as it started to rain. We finished it in the rain and dived into bed. I fell asleep immediately. Now I am writing this at 2:00 am, after I woke up in the middle of the night. It is not raining anymore. Last thing: I am having a huge problem with blisters. I am worried about finishing the hike. Night.