07 Sep Day 139 – Banner Peak
At mile 936. Hiked 23.8 miles today.
I met 2 thru-hikers heading southbound. Their trail names were David and Z. David’s real name is Mike. Nobody seemed to be able to remember his real name, Mike, so they named him David since it was presumably easier to remember. Z got her name because she hiked with Chacos which leaves a Z tanned onto each foot.
David and Z and I had never met before but we knew all the same PCT hikers. It was fun talking to them and catching up on all of our in-common friends. They had hiked with Ridge Route and Shortcut in Washington. I told them that RR and Shortcut were in the Sierras now. Z had met Cache 22 at the Oregon border where they were both starting their hikes. There were many others that we both knew or met such as Bear, Flying Amaneta, Hummingbird, Rifle, etc.
Here is a small lake where I ate lunch, soaked my feet, and napped.
Banner Peak in Ansel Adams Wilderness.
Banner Peak with Thousand Islands Lake.
In Yosemite, finally. Here is the Lyell group of mountains, including namesake glacier.
Way below. See the winding Tuolomene river makes its way through meadows in Lyell Canyon.