Day 11. Feather Pass and White Bear Pass. July 1, 2016.

6am to 6:30pm
Elba Lake to Lake Italy
11.6 miles

The beauty out here is just stunning. I keep trying to remember to stop and look around. I am usually in the back and it is easy to hurry just to try and catch up. Rockin and Wired are way faster over the snow and boulders which is pretty much all we are walking over.

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Fording the dree at the bottom of French Canyon. Notice the handoff. Wired is passing one of her poles to Rockin who broke one of hers.

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So much GREEN.

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Merriam Lake

It took all morning to get up Feather Pass. The snow made us do a route no one would ever pick without snow…. both on the way up and down.

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Crossing snow fields around La Salle Lake

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Feather Pass

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Descending Feather Pass

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We walked thru gorgeous Bear Lakes Basin with many lakes with bear names.

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Lunch

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Bear Paw Lake with Seven Gables in the background

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Now which way?

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So many boulders.

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Seven Gables Mountain

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Thunderheads. But no thunder or rain.

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Next was White Bear Pass. I have done this one before but nothing looked familiar. Once again the snow changed routing. Every step requires complete concentration. But there is no place I would rather be.

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White Bear Pass looking down on Brown Bear Lake

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Lake Italy

We are now camped on the shore of Lake Italy. Roper describes this lake as uninspiring. I don’t think he saw it at this time of year. There is still ice floating on the water. We were treated to a great sunset.

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