Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 68: It’s Late May, Okay?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – 15.80 miles

Even around 3000 ft, low-hanging clouds were making themselves a nuisance this morning.

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The temperature was cold until the sun began peeking out, then warmed to hot during the steady ~4800 ft grind uphill. I took a dirt road alternate for better views of Mt. Baldy and companions and to avoid what eTrails calls a poodle dog bush infestation.

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In the afternoon, I was able to check the weather forecast. A winter storm warning is out for Wrightwood tomorrow, with the majority of the snow due to compile in the afternoon and a daytime high of five degrees Celsius (may I remind the weather that today is May 21st?). Grudgingly I decided to get a hotel room in Wrightwood even though they’re all expensive. Hopefully I’ll still be able to get a ride down from Inspiration Point in bad weather. This business of Mt. Baden-Powell and repeatedly bad weather has felt like trying to find a weather window for climbing Everest – in the future I’ll tell people that I’ve climbed Everest and then if they ask for details I’ll clarify ‘no, I meant metaphorically, but with all the smugness of a non-metaphor’.

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I found a pretty campsite below the trail with views of the mountains and low-hanging clouds from above, the only context in which low-hanging clouds are acceptable. The air is freezing and I quickly retreated to my sleeping bag.

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