Breakfast. My stove is out, so this must be one of the few days when I enjoyed a cup of coffee before heading out. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Me, ready to tackle Mather Pass. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Photo by Chuck Haak.
Mather Pass is over there somewhere!
Small glacial tarn below Mather Pass.
Up the switchbacks we go!
This gorgeous little clump of columbines greeted me at the turn of one of the switchbacks toward the top. Such a lovely sight to see on this arduous climb!
...and marvelling at the views!
Chuck and Jill enjoying being on TOP of Mather Pass.
This is Scott. We ran into Scott many times between Rae Lakes and Reds Meadow. He was filming a documentary of some sort. Photo by Jill Haak.
Photo by Jill Haak.
Chuck and Jill heading across the first of the snowfields on the approach to Mather Pass. We still can't see the pass from here - it's around the corner on the left.
Fortunately we don't have to cross the big snowfield below the pass. However, one of those tiny snowfields up higher will prove to be the sketchiest on this side of the pass.
The small, T-shaped snowfield on the left is the sketchy one.
That's me down there! Photo by Chuck Haak.
And off we go down the other side of Mather Pass. From conversations with southbound hikers, we knew this was going to be tough.
Day 10. Photo by Jill Haak.
Looking back to the south and finding Chuck and Jill gaining on me.
Jill might be contemplating the climb up Mather Pass. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Tiny people in a talus field.
Here's that sketchy little snowfield. It was way worse than it looks - kind of steep incline with a very steep drop on the downhill side. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Jill catching up on her journaling on top of Mather Pass. Photo by Chuck Haak.
I've finally reached the top of Mather Pass - 12,100 ft. This is the view to the northwest with Upper Palisade Lake just right of center.
Panorama of the approach to Mather Pass.
Possibly Mt. Ruskin.
Our first "boots off" stream crossing of the day. We walked way upstream to find a DRY place to cross but were unsuccessful. Grrrr.
Looking back. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Lots of glacial evidence in Upper Basin.
That's a LOT of rock to get through! You can't even see that there's a trail going up there!
Oh, but the view!!!
Meanwhile, I'm still below the pass, captivated by the columbines...
Panorama of where we're heading once we're done resting, eating snacks, and taking pictures.
Heading into Upper Basin toward Mather Pass.
Close to treeline in Upper Basin. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Photo by Chuck Haak
The low point in the ridge ahead is Mather Pass. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Looking down at all those switchbacks.
An unknown hiker heading down Mather Pass.
Our happy little group. Photo by Scott.