After our trip to Hummingbird’s cabin and yosemite, her parents drove us up to Donner Pass, near Truckee, CA. Because of the long drive from the cabin we didn’t arrive until 7pm. We walked a few miles and found an amazing spot overlooking the valley and a lake below us. We weren’t the only ones who had found this spot though. A few rock climbers were having a late night bouldering sesh about 50 ft from where we set up. After noticing us, they invited us over to hangout with them as they climbed. The night was spent telling stories and talking about future travel plans. One of the guys turned out to be a really awesome photographer. You check out us stuff on instagram by looking up “thehappycamper”. The next day we started back with true backpacking. Even this far out of the Sierras snow was still plentiful. The reason we bounced ahead was to avoid dangerous river crossings and this part of our plan was successful. Despite the slow going, I never once had to ford any rivers.
After trudging through snow for the better part of a day we came to “Peter Grub Hut”, a backcountry ski cabin. The first floor’s entrance was completely blocked by snow but there was a ladder to the second story door so we were able to enter. In the cabin we took our lunch break and had a jam sesh on a guitar left there.
After our break we hiked the rest of the day eventually camping on dry ground. The next day we dropped in elevation and were able to walk on snow free trail for the first time in weeks. This made me so happy I cannot describe. Additionally, that night I was able to cowboy camp under the stars again. Things seemed to be back to normal. Early on the third morning after starting from Donner Pass we crossed a road leading to Sierra City. Because I knew I would be short on food, Prince, Nick, and I decided to head into town while Hummingbird and Lone Wolf continued on. In town I was able to not only resupply but also eat a burger called The Gut Buster. This burger with a full pound of meat definitely lived up to its name and we all headed back to the trail full and happy to be walking on dry ground once again.
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Noel Nelson (pct mile 1195)