This week I have been cold - so cold I have had to hike in my trousers - and that's unnatural for me! I've moved further into the Sierra Nevada and climbed across several more passes, most at around 11 or 12 thousand feet.
The weather has definitely turned, with cloud cover and much lower temperatures, around 7 or 8 degrees C by day, below freezing overnight - not what I'm used to experiencing in June.
I have also started to come across rivers and streams, swollen with often raging snow melt water, that I have to wade across. These can be treacherous and, in the last two years, have taken the lives of at least two PCT hikers. The water is also icy cold so, even if it is only knee-high, it's a real shock to the system!
I have also had to get used to crossing and climbing large snow fields. This is a slow and laborious task and, at times I have to admit, it's scared me. When you're climbing across snow, on a 45 degree slope, with a 500 foot drop onto rocks below you, it really focuses the attention. That's all for now.
Just over Sheldon Pass - What a view - Worthwhile!