After yesterdays short day we rolled out early with the moon for company. Today was expected to be the most difficult day of the trip to date and here we were already more than 30 miles behind plan. With more than 9000 feet of climbing planned as well as high heat our 1:30 am start seemed the only way to try and catch up. After a very steep climb out of the Mokelumne river we arrived in Jackson to find a Denny's so we had breakfast at 3:30. Of course after breakfast we both decided we needed more sleep. A mile down the road we pulled over to the side of the road and slept until dawn. And then the climbing began and continued all day. The road followed the ridgeline so there was little up and down, mostly just up. Somewhere around 7000 feet I
caught up with Hugh. He was sitting in a small snow melt creek. I joined him. We finally reached Silver lake campground which had no water. We camped in the picnic area by the lake and had a refreshing dip. Hugh scared off a family that was coming to the same beach. They noticed he was skinny dipping and turned around went back to there car and drove off.
There was still snow on the ground around us but the night wasn't too cold. Lots of hungry mosquitoes.