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(noun)
  1. No quantity or number; naught; the figure 0.
  2. A day in which no miles are hiked.

Muir Pass

written Jun 17, 2017 @ 12:10 AM after hiking 18.64 miles

"Uh, we overslept."

Not what you want to hear when you're supposed to start hiking at 2:30am and have a huge day ahead of you. Thankfully, we hit the trail at 3:45am -- only a little late. We can recover that time, though.

Despite sleeping relatively close to the pass, it still took most of the morning to actually get to the pass; ugh. However, after a long time walking, we were finally hanging out in the Muir shelter at 6:33am!

The hut, as seen when you first cross the pass

A quick breakfast, and we're back on the trail -- you won't make miles without hiking!

Time to roll!

After walking along some spectacular frozen rivers for many many miles, we finally arrived at the big one: Evolution Creek.

This one was pretty.

When I say "big", I mean it. It was too deep to ford and too wide for there to be a log crossing. So, we swam it. Packs and all.

I obviously don't have any pictures of that because my phone was safely sealed away in a bag in my bear can, but we quickly reached camp and spread out everything to dry while we still had sun.

To answer questions:

  1. Yes, it was freezing. There were chunks of ice floating down the river.
  2. Yes, we wore our packs.
  3. Yes, it was a total blast.
  4. No, I don't want to do it again.
  5. Everything stayed surprisingly dry! Osprey did a good job with waterproofing their fabric, I guess.

Pretty much all of my possessions.