Are you doing the loop?" I eagerly asked them.
|Looking down on Lower Lyman|
"How do you get down?" I wanted to know.
"You just go down the glacier."
|Can you see the way down? Right down the middle|
|You can see the first snow field I crossed in part one |
(not the highest one)
and the ridge with no way down
Except they weren't doing the loop; they were from Alaska and hiking for 10 days on whatever trail they felt like. (many intersecting trails in this area; including the PCT) I could tell they were the real deal, and I'm sure they could tell I was not. They seemed pretty relieved to tell me they were doing a different hike; like girls who just got out of babysitting their kid sister. I hate feeling like a tag along, (yes, I had a big sister who was always trying to ditch me) except I really just wanted to stay close enough to see the best way down. They lost me faster than the boys did, though I did manage to scramble my way down anyway. (It wasn't pretty)
|Not much of a trail on the talus slope|
|The Alaskan Superwomen "Big Sisters"|
(in experience, not age, of course)
|A thing of beauty|
|The gap, Upper Lyman, and Lower Lyman Lakes|
|Good Lord, I hate crossing these.|
How hard is it to make a hand rail?
I could hear my husband's voice encouraging me to tough it out...he was sleeping in a bivvy bag, after all. (because I had to take the tent with me after the first night...the amazingly awesome Marmot Pulsar tent that fit us both comfortably, that is :)) Although, considering he was almost stomped on by a deer in the middle of the night, I can't say I'm buying into the "you don't need a tent" concept. (This bivvy bag was a relic from Ken's old climbing days, and when he took it out of storage it smelled like death. I still can't believe he slept in that thing; I'm surprised a bear didn't try to bury him in it as a snack for later)
|Soooo roomy on our first night|
|Ken's bivvy bag of death|
|This deer could have been stomping on my head,|
if not for my awesome tent...
that needs new poles, please Marmot company!