1. Jasmine
    Jasmine April 16, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Thanks for the inspiring post! It is nice to look forward to my trip this summer as I sit at my desk….

  2. Ned Tibbits
    Ned Tibbits April 16, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Although I have been on Forester many times in summers past, I have camped there too many times to count when all is covered in snow during the months of May and June. Your SE picture off the pass showing a green tarn at the base of the climb is where we usually create a base camp from which we teach ascent, descent, and safe traverse skills for tackling sierra passes. We usually make the camp near a large stack of rocks, or “duck” and get our water from that tarn by digging through its frozen surface about a foot. It was refreshing to me to see it in the summer! I imagined its shape as in your picture, but when snow covers something, it smooths it all out so you can’t really see what it actually looks like! I imagine the green color comes from how shallow and perhaps warm it is?

  3. Diana Heinz
    Diana Heinz April 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Thank you for this inspirational piece. I will be entering my first JMT trip on July 30, 2013. I am so excited and so very challenged. 🙂

  4. websailor
    websailor April 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Ummm, isn’t Forester Pass also known for its snow chute? I remember looking down one time as I crossed it and thinking “If I slip, I’m gonna die”.

    1. boba
      boba April 28, 2013 at 2:45 am

      Yes it is indeed noted for its snow chute. I was looking over the trail diary and I crossed this in early July (July 2 2003) and that snow chute was in place. Fortunately, I crossed it at the end of the day, and after numerous hikers had made a path for me to follow. I wish the same could have been said for Colby Pass (I was looping Roads End – going over Forester, Colby, and Avalanche passes). Although the boulder hopping the north/west side talus field wasn’t too bad as I was going down, the climb up was interesting.
      Mind you, I had not great luck with Forester Pass. The other times I crossed it, later in the summer, was invariably in brutal thunderstorms.

  5. Ian
    Ian April 17, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Something to look forward to! So much fantastic scenery I can’t wait! Never mind the legs and the lungs.

  6. Alicia
    Alicia August 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    My Son Wes just text me from the top of Forester Pass on his way to Whitney Portal to exit. Thanks for the visual of what he is seeing today! All of you who do this are Amazing people !!!

  7. Ken
    Ken February 25, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Looking at the photo, it is unclear how wide the trail is. If there was a person standing on it to give a perspective, that would help. How wide is it? Thanks.

  8. Ken
    Ken February 25, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Thanks Ray. I have to say the view of the trail stretching off into the distance at about 3 minutes into the video looked to be a challenge, my legs started an involuntary shake at that point. I’m determined to make it though, I’ll just have to see if I can scramble myself across that ‘great divide’ with some dignity intact. Nice video by the way.

  9. dave misity
    dave misity March 2, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    ralph and I went over kearsarge pass out of onion valley, and got to vidette meadow the first night. we moved on up past center basin and camped below the pass the second night. the next day, we went up to the top without packs and it was indeed a pleasure. very easy hike. next day, back to vidette meadows, where we were hit by bears that night. they got our (obviously) poorly hung food, and ate it all. But the strangest thing was that the bears unfolded all the wrappers, licked them clean, and stacked them in a single pile for us to pack out. the only thing they left us was sugar-free swiss miss.

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