Day 12. Best Campsite Yet. July 2, 2016

6am to 5pm. 12.5 miles. Lake Italy to just below Bighorn Pass.

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Good morning!

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This morning we didn’t have far to walk to get to Gabbot Pass. 

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On our way to Gabbot Pass

We found iced snow right away. Microspikes made all the difference.

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The north side of pass was snow all the way to Lower Mills Lake. This is one of the finest Lakes in the Sierra. We took a long break there but since it was 10am we kept walking.

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Lower Mills Lake

And that walking was down hill on a use trail. It was so different to walk among tall trees, meadows and wildflowers.

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At the bottom was Mono Creek which is a raging river and we had to cross it. The guidebook says to try to find a downed tree. We found a huge one. Rockin waltzed across it. Wired and I scooted across on our butts. Safety over valor. Rockin took photos which should be on Wired’s blog.

It was a very steep climb up to Laurel Lake. From there we hiked up halfway to the next pass and found the best campsite yet. We have huge mountains in every direction. I just hope I can stay awake until the evening light show.

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We climbed up this rock jumble

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Looking down on Laurel Lake

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Mountains in front of us.

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Mountains behind us. Which view do you want from inside the tent?

2 thoughts on “Day 12. Best Campsite Yet. July 2, 2016

  1. Warren

    Ha, I mostly scoot myself. No need to fall in for nothing. -Your camp was pretty awesome. I love the three stacked Zpacks tents. Very cool.

    Reply

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