2 weeks ago
HST Day 6 ~ We knew we had a short hike so didn’t get on the trail until 10am. It didn’t feel easy though. Our previous day of all-day hiking and elevation gain had taken its toll on us. It was warm and primarily exposed as we climbed out of the tree line. Arriving relatively early to Guitar Lake, we found a pretty cool spot (our last campsite!), ate our lunch and set up camp. ⛺️ I walked around to check out the lake. I scoped out exactly where I wanted to go in, a shallow sandy shelf with a deep-ish drop-off for diving beyond, next to flat warm rocks for sunbathing. 🏖 Kristal videotaped my dive in. It was COLD! 🥶 When I got out, I couldn’t find my glasses…Kristal reviewed video and said they were on my face. Oh gosh, I had to go back in that cold water! 😳After a lot of looking and dramatic worrying (“Whitney with no glasses?”, “OMG, I’m not going to be able to drive home!”) we finally found them at the edge of the sandy shelf. Whew! 🎉Adrenaline and elation hit like a drug. I was so relieved! We hung out on the rocks as, one at a time, each of our trail family jumped in … and got out even faster. 💨 .
As it got a little colder and breezier, we all went back to our camps to organize for our early (EARLY) departure. Later, we all gathered to watch the sunset over the Kaweah Ridge, only to hear a SAR helicopter up on the Whitney Trail behind us. As we waited for the sun to set, we continued to watch the rescue, chat about plans for our Mt. Whitney hike, etc. These two collections of moments with our little trail family were my favorite from the day. I am sad I don’t have any photos of these simple moments, but we were just enjoying them. ✨ As soon as the sun set, we said good night and went to bed. We all had an early and long day ahead of us! 🏔 .
09/14/19 Crabtree Meadows to Guitar Lake, 2.7 miles 1211’ gain, although it felt longer and harder ( #TWSS )
Photo: Guitar Lake, our final camp location
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