Back to the place where it all started. Two years ago, I drove through the Sierra Nevada and while I was there I hiked part of the Mount Whitney trail. I didn’t summit, but vowed to come back to do so. Then and there is where the idea of hiking the PCT was born. Now as a PCT hiker, I followed up on this promise to myself and summited the highest mountain in the contiguous USA.
Thanks to a ride of trail angel Rick, I got to Kennedy Meadows without any problems. Kennedy Meadows is the portal to the Sierra Nevada, from there hikers head into the mountains. The last couple of weeks there has been a lot of talk between hikers about the snow situation up there, so we are fully prepared with ice axe and micro spikes before hiking out. We also carry a heavy bear canister, which is mandatory in most of the upcoming sections to keep bears from eating our food.