Mike gets up early and packs his gear into the backpack. (Actually, the same Gregory Forester backpack that he’s already complained about. The Osprey backpack that he was trying at Point Reyes didn’t really work out.)
So now it’s the downhill slog, trying to remain attentive and resist spacing out. Back down to Blizzard Camp and running water where the tent is set up under the forest canopy. The sound of Woodchuck Creek can be heard throughout the night.
Photos: Lower Branches—Sierra Nevada, 2009; Woodchuck Creek—Sierra Nevada, 2009; Blizzard Camp—Sierra Nevada, 2009