Here goes nothing, hopefully I resized all the photos right.
First, thank you Ken for another great hike. I was amazed how much better we did on this hike compared to last year. You, me, and Marc have all lost a lot of weight and it makes a big difference, everybody looked in great shape. Last year I had a 26# pack with food and water, and I personaly weighed 217#. This year the pack weight with food and water was 23# and I came in at 165#, I even brought more food this year. Last year I planned on only eating twice a day , this year I ate 3 times a day, good meals not just snacks. The 1st day I felt great averaging about 2-2/12 mph going up Kearsage Pass, after Kearsage I hyperextended my knee and it gave me fits all weekend, but with the help of an ace wrap from Adam, and some wrapping experience from Justin, plus some chocolate covered coffe beans, I tuffed it out and made it to the trail head "1ST" NANER NANER. Sorry Marc I couldn't resist.
First day heading up Kearsage
I was amazed at all the wild flowers still blooming.
Adam coming up Kearsage Pass
Here's Adam taking more great pictures, you're getting really good at it Adam. I love all the pictures you've posted so far. I guess it was worth the 6# of extra camera gear, keep it up.
Here comes the newbie, great job Justin. I had a great time hiking with you and the reast of the guys.
This reminded me of the Matterhorn.
Here comes Rick up the pass, our other newbie, fishermen turned UL hiker, great job.
This nice buck let me get within about 20 yards of him, so I could get a nice close up shot. This was while we were taking a lunch break down by Frog Lake, more precisley the inlet.
Marc and Ricks hotel for the night.
My digs for the night. This was my MYOG solo tarp that measured 5 1/2' x 8' and weighs 7 oz without lines. I may start making these to sell, I'll let you know or you can pm me. This night I used it as a wind break/lean to, along with a John West bivy, and a Tim Marshall quilt, my MYOG pillows one for the head and one for my knees.
Kens rest stop for the night.
This was all the Alpineglow I seen for the whole trip, what a shame to because we had some great back drops for it on this trip.
We did have some great sunsets though.
More pics later, I need to go to bed!