Sunday, July 1, 2012
The Sierra Nevada's
Shown above is a topical map of the Mt. Whitney area and the black circle represents where our hikers Legs, Powerhouse, and Treble are currently located. The last Spot.com locator reading I received showed them on the John Muir/Pacific Crest Trail ascending Whitney at the 12,000 ft level. Today they should reach the summit of Mt. Whitney at an elevation of approximately 14,498 ft above sea level. I hope to have pics to share soon.
Their last stop and layover was in Kennedy Meadows California, population: 200, elevation: 6,427ft. Here they took a couple days off from the trail to rest and let blistered feet heal.
Kennedy Meadows General Store...
Like back in the Old West Days (less the late model Fords, lol)
Horse and/or human troughs...
Ahhh yes, just like the Old West.
A hefty bear track on the trail reminds that we are in "Their" neck of the woods.
"Powerhouse" seems not be phased by the 600 + miles trekked.
Lookin' like a Aussie in the Outback with that stash! Aye Mate!
Yet again, another one of those wonderful souls who provide a quenching drink for those thirsty hikers...
Mary, shown above with Amy, provides water at miles 616 and 631.
The PCT has taken them along the east slope of the Sierra mountain range with temps slightly milder than those of the Mojave and the foothills ascending into the Sierras shown here with virtually no shade or trees to shelter one from the sun.
Small streams like this one helped to cool the body and quench the thirst. As you can see, trees are now beginning to show.
A great spot is found to set up camp with plenty of fire wood, shelter from the wind, and a place to spend the night.
I hope to bring you more pictures soon of our hikers and the trail as they head further and further into the Sierra Nevada's. 700 + miles of trail behind them. Here I'll leave you with a glimpse of the summit at Mt. Whitney and what they will be seeing soon.