Well, the doc says no backpack for the affected one, but hike all you want. Personally, I think it's a great opportunity to shed 20 pounds from the pack, but they've decided to head up Copper Creek and park at Granite and the vicinity for a week. The rationale is that we'll do the JMT later when I can join and this time with UL systems.
As a side note about the transition to UL, my pack was at 18# base when I hiked in with the party of 5 and carried out 12-14 pounds of excess they decided not to haul to Whitney. I met them again at Red's and hauled out another 14 pounds. Finally, I picked them up at Florence and all the packs were still 40# and more, one being like 50#.
We're talking books, a spiral notebook from NOLS, two whisperlight stoves & fuel (in addition to a jetboil Sol and jetboil helios + 2 pounds of fuel) two steripens and a katydin filter + bags, 4 nalgene + 1L stainless thermos, everyone had spare camp clothes, pajamas, and camp shoes, crampons. Between the five, they had two enormous, duplicate medical kits including iodine+betadine+neosporin, scissors, second skin, moleskin, KT tape, and alcohol wipes (in addition to bottled alcohol for hygiene). They carried full 3L camelbacks, two of which had external heavy sleeves attached to the back of the packs, several event dry bags @7oz each, heavy snow gaiters, aloe for sunburn, and shaving gear. There were other emergency items, but my wife would not be happy if I mentioned them as they were quite unnecessary.
I'm sewing a quilt and a down jacket to remove 6 pounds from my base which includes a 2# bear cannister. All have foresworn heavy packs ever again. We'll see.
Thanks for the knowledge on east side passes. I've never had good insight into how often or who was using them.
Jealous at the office,