I’ve made plenty of promises to keep this updated, but here is a post that should have gone up a couple weeks ago.
After leaving Bishop, T-Rex and I headed back over Kearsarge Pass to rejoin the trail and climb up and over Glen Pass in the same day. After bad weather the day before, it was still looking twnuous, but early on, things were beautiful.
As we approached Glen Pass, hail and rain began coming down in sheets and taking pictures was not the top priority. It was the hardest climb so far and the other side had heavy, heavy snow and loose rock. Once down we would be in the Rae Lakes area, which was unbelievable. Unfortunately we got slightly off course, tried to correct by leaving the trail and I made a stupid mistake….jumping onto one foot with a heavy pack to uneven ground 4 feet below. I heard the pop immediately and crumpled.
Mel watched deer frolicking in the meadow as I tried to come up with a plan. We were in the middle of nowhere and going 15 miles back over two passes was not going to happen on this ankle. The day after, we decided to take a day off and assess.
After speaking with other backpackers, we found a side trail that would take us through Paradise Valley and 23 miles to the closest road that might get me out to heal. Unfortunately, that still meant hiking 23 miles on my ankle.
The next day, T-Rex took a portion of my weight, we wrapped the ankle and started hobbling.
Despite the pain the next two days were pretty amazing hiking. Paradise Valley is part of the very popular 44 mile Rae Lakes Loop and I can see why it is well known.
Once we reached the trailhead, a ranger gave is a ride to the main road and through a series of hitches, we made it to Fresno, 100 miles away. The plan was for T-Rex to continue alone while I healed for 1.5 weeks or so (hopefully), but she will pick up the blogging for the next section!