On Mather Pass with a view towards Pinchot Pass in the South.
Day 15 of JMT Revisited (July 7, 2004)
We kind of got a late start: we started hiking at 8:30 am. Mather Pass was terrible – lots of frozen snow covered the trail, caused us to have to climb over rocks. And when we did have to go on snow – it was difficult and dangerous. I got to the pass at 10:15 am. It was only about 1.5 miles and 1500’ climb, but the snow really slowed us down.
The climb took so much out of me that the rest of the day I felt sick. I definitely have the runs… We took lunch at 12:15 pm, about 4 miles down from Mather. Then we started to climb towards Pinshot Pass. I was really having trouble, and the others didn’t seem fully charged either. We decided to camp at Lake Marjorie, which is about 1.5 miles from Pinshot Pass, and it is at 11,132 feet, which means we only need to do less then 1000’ in the morning.
We met another JMTer who started about the same time we did. We saw him first last night. We leaped fogged twice, then he stopped to talk to us on Mather pass. He is from New York, and he has done the AT. He really likes the JMT, and seems to be taking it slower than us.
We have the last camp spot before Pinshot Pass. This other JMTer found us here and asked if he could camp along side of us. We said “yes” of course. But after about an hour, he quietly packed his things and went back down the trail. We think he overheard Wes whispering to me in the tent, got offended, and moved on. I tried to find him after dinner to apologize. I waked all the way back to the lower lake – and I could not find him.
I feel better than before dinner, but still not 100%. We read two chapters of Romans to try to catch us… Heavy stuff. Night.