Stormy Night

Fell asleep at about 9:30 last night (really late these days) and there was a light mist falling. Woke up at 11:00 to a substantial gust and pouring rain… whoopee! A few other tents lit up as people checked to make sure their tents were still ok. I checked mine for about an hour before finally deciding that I had set it up well enough that it wasn’t going to leak too much. The drainage that I had dug out before sleeping ended up saving me from a decent flood, so I had a good night. Others were not so lucky- one person had their tent fill with water to the point that their gear was floating… whoops!
Some people are going stir crazy today and some have headed up against recommendations of fellow hikers and also the park rangers. Winds are still quite strong with 50-75mph gusts hitting fuller ridge still. Some may call me lazy, but I don’t really feel like I need to “experience nature” more than I have to.
Taking a 3rd zero is ok, but I am looking forward to meeting up with a friend in 2 days and making more progress to the cold North. I was able to drink 4-5 cups of coffee as the clouds blew through town, and I am just hopping between warm places and my warm tent. Also repaired my shoes which have developed a tear near the toe on my left foot. Nothing that I would be concerned with normally but I will be doing some snow travel tomorrow and would like to be able to keep my feet warm. The promise of low 50F weather is looking quite nice and the wind is supposed to die down before I get to the ridge.

One thought on “Stormy Night

  1. I was camping up at Lone Pine this past week, on friday it started to snow up there. There still was quite a bit of snow on the mountains and valleys on the eastern sierras.

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