I just got back from backpacking in the the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.  This years trip was one of visually stunning, physically challenging, and mentally rewarding backpacking trips I have taken. The Trip began with a afternoon steep climb from South Lake Trail Head on the Eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada located west of the the town of Bishop, CA. We got a late start after the long drive from Fresno through Yosemite and south to the trail head. We were delayed getting our permit at the Inyo Ranger Station in Bishop (they were out to lunch). We hit the trail about 3:30 pm. The next morning we got an early start and climbed cross country up and over Lamark Col, peaking at 12,880 ft above sea level!  The approach to the pass is a small glacier, which was so icy we could not climb up, so we had to scamper around the ice field boulder hopping to reach the pass. After descending into the Darwin Basin we connected with the the PCT/JMT and climbed into Evolution Valley and camped at Evolution Lake.

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