20.3 miles hiked
735.9 total miles
We awake to clear skies and before I know it I’m slogging over a pass above the lake. The sky is bright blue and the air is cold. Willows and stunted trees give way to alpine tundra. All day we oscillate, up and down, between treeline and tundra. In the afternoon, clouds form and I worry about exposure and lightning. We hear some thunder in the distance but it never amounts to anything overhead. Eventually the sky clears again, and with it, my mind. I enjoy the views of endless mountains in all directions until we make camp in some trees on a wide ridge.