My feet have always been my limiting factor, blisters are never an issue, just really sore around the 25 mile mark regardless of trail type, weight carried, etc. That just seems to be my comfort limit, I don't have a problem pushing past that it just slows my pace a little. A good nights sleep and I'm ready to go again.
I am going solo and I also start around 5:30 in the morning.The sunrise table for my dates still shows a relatively early sunrise, so I should have plenty of daylight to squeeze in the miles.
I am planning only one resupply at MTR, and plan to gorge/supplement the calories at Touloume meadows, Red's, possibly VVR, and if necessary the hiker barrels at MTR. I always have too much food on my trips, so this trip I am planning food to hit my calorie mark and be low volume for my bear can.
Any particularly rough sections in terms of mental and or physical challenge?
My tentative plan is this:
Day one: Happy Isles- Evelyn Lake Jct
Day Two: Evelyn Lake Jct- Red's Meadow
Day three: Red's - Bear Ridge Trail
Day Four: Bear Ridge trail- McClure Meadow
Day Five: McClure Meadow- Lower Palisade Outlet
Day Six: Lower Palisade- Dollar lake
Day seven: Dollar Lake- High Sierra Trail Jct
Day Eight: High Sierra Trail jct- Whitney
I also have a couple of cushion days to adjust as needed.