My new ranger shirt is pretty awesome. The mosquitos can't bite through it but it also reeks terribly. Something about this fabric makes the bo become trapped even worse than my old shirt. Oh well, the things you have to sacrifice. You can't have it all. Today was great. But each day, it's been ending pretty intense. We started off super chill going up Dorothy pass. There were a ton of mosquitoes on top though. After the pass, we officially exited Yosemite. Hallelujah! No more muddy buggy valleys. There was a very gradual climb up to Sonora pass. I loved this climb. We ridge walked the whole way and had a wonderful breeze the entire time. When you get to the "top," you actually have to ridge walk around a bunch of mountains to exit through the other side. At the top, we said our official goodbye to the sierras. They will be missed. Got some cell reception on top and caught up on some things. I feel like there is no service in the sierras except on ridges.
I didn't carry enough water up the pass. I guess bc the last few weeks, I automatically just carry 1L all the time, I didn't think to carry more up this pass. Apparently, it was a ten mile dry stretch. Oops. So I was dying of thirst on top so I tried melting some snow in water but it didn't work. The water was too cold so it was just slush. I then carried on with no more water than I had already, feeling sluggish and a little dehydrated. The whole time I was fearing that once we started descending Sonora pass, there would be snow. All the ridges have very steep drop offs. It wasn't too bad on top. I had to glissade down one part though. I kinda hate glissading bc I'm always in shorts and the snow scratches my butt and it's really painful. I lost my trekking pole halfway and thankfully, this guy behind me was able to grab it after doing a little somersault down the chute. I was so thankful for his skills. He went down so fast, I was almost sure he would miss my pole.
As I was coming down, a nice young lad named Alex passed me and offered me some of his water. I was dying of thirst by now. Once again, so grateful for these two hikers! I would've died on Sonora pass from thirst. I passed a game and undercover while they were getting some service. I finally reached the end of the pass and started heading down on my own. At first, it looked like all the snow has melted. I was SO relieved. I've heard so much about this pass being so snowy. Then I got to this super steep section and had to slide down some scree. I have officially no tread on my shoes now btw. But then there was this other SKETCHY AS FUCK downhill snow path down a ridge. Excuse my French, but there's no other way to describe how sketchy this part was. I was so scared but the married folk finally caught up. We put on our spikes and watched undercover go first. I think these spikes literally saved my life. I'm so glad I hadn't sent them home yet. The path on the ridge was super narrow and it was a straight drop off down the edge. This was the first time so far where I was terrified that if I slipped, I would fall 1k ft and be dead. We all got across safely. I'm SO over snow now. I never want to do this section ever again. It's been officially the worst stretch so far. We heard our new friend, first, had fallen and lost his ice axe and pole. How scary. I hope he didn't slide all the way down the ridge.
I was so hungry and just wanted to camp. We finally found some flat spots .8 miles from the Sonora pass hwy. I'm really hoping the bugs calm down after this so my bites and scabs can heal. My legs look so intense right now. We are sleeping in tomorrow since I can't grab my package until 10am tomorrow. I am using Sonora pass resupply. They are this local company who will drive up to the pass to bring you boxes and stuff, but with a pretty high price tag. I think I would've just shipped to Kennedy meadows north if I knew about it. We'll see how this service works tomorrow and if it actually got arranged correctly. I have almost no juice to charge. My phone will prob die before Tahoe. I'm gonna try to make more miles after this since we are sending back our bear cans. I'm hoping to make it to Tahoe by Sunday. No rest, shower or laundry for 12 days. Yikes.