1. Jack
    Jack March 22, 2016 at 7:22 am

    It is absolutely stunning going North. I’ll see it southbound in a couple of years!

  2. Richard Strodell
    Richard Strodell March 23, 2016 at 5:02 am

    At one point you sent out a photo of The Painted Lady that I set as my desktop picture last Spring. I followed your blog more closely then because I was anticipating hiking the trail in August(’15). Well I did and it was a success partly due to resources you provide, Thank you!

    The ranger station was vacant because of the fires but it was still before noon so the smoke hadn’t filled the valley yet. My hiking buddy and I were having lunch on the peninsula at the north shore of the northern of the two Rae Lakes. Although I stared at the scenery, including Painted Lady, the entire hour we sat there it wasn’t until after I had finished my snickers bar covered in PB and wrapped in a tortilla and had jumped off the rocks into the water did I recognize what I was looking at. “OMG! That’s my laptop background!”

    Happy Trails. Also, how do I send you a photo? I took one before we left and the smoke was already starting to fill the sky, cool sight.

  3. Rick Bergstrom
    Rick Bergstrom March 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Ray,
    can’t believe it’s been almost 8 months since we stepped off the JMT at Whitney Portal!
    Thanks again for all the info and detail that proved invaluable when planning our SOBO trip.
    The Painted Lady snuck up on us; all of a sudden we were at Rae Lakes and looked up and I thought that must be her!
    Too many “favorite” places along the trail to mention, but Rae Lakes and Cathedral Lakes come to mind.
    The lack of snow was both a blessing and a curse; hardly any mozzies, but then, none of the snow-capped peaks the Sierra is famous for. This year promises to be more normal for sure!
    I’m sending you my favorite shot of The Lady at first light, and Cathedral Lake at last light.

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