Rosie and Ben took a side trip off the trail and scaled Mt. Whitney earlier this week. At 14,505 ft., Mt. Whitney is highest peak in continental United States. When we talked with Rosie this evening she said the last four days have been the most incredible days of her life. Right after Whitney, they also went over Forester Pass (13,153 ft.), the highest point of the Pacific Crest Trail. Going up and over the pass and then coming down the steep grade was scary, but they came through fine. A couple of hundred other hikers are ahead of them so the trail was well marked and worn. Rosie said it has been comfortable hiking through the snow during the days even though they have been hiking at elevations between 9,000 and 12,000 feet every day. It does get pretty cold at night, but by the time it gets dark, Rosie said they are snuggled in their sleeping bags. Though parts of the climb have been very strenuous, Rosie said they are in the best shape of their lives so it hasn't affected them too much.
Right now they are off the trail at Bishop, CA getting resupplied. They will be staying in Independence (which is south of Bishop on Hwy 395) for the next two nights and then will pick the trail up again at Kearsarge Pass on Monday.
Their next major mail stop will be at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park, arriving approximately July 1. You can mail things to them at:
C/O General Delivery
Yosemite NP, CA 95389