South lake is so low this year. One of the many signs of drought.
Entering the John Muir Wilderness.
Paige and Fred heading up
Chocolate Peak and what will be a mosquito heaven in about a week. Luckily we missed them.
Gorgeous terrain on the way to Bishop Pass. Mt Goode towers to the right.
The water crossings were much lower than they should be at this time of year.
Long Lake. Lots of people fishing.
Trail along Long Lake
View towards the pass. still lots of snow out there!
Looking back down long lake.
Climbing some more, Spearhead Lake below us.
Another stream crossing, and now we're coming across small patches of snow across the trail. Around 11,000 ft.
Snow is more frequent but easily crossed.
Saddlerock Lake was still mostly frozen.
Heading closer to Bishop Pass. Going to look for a campsite just before the pass - we don't feel like postholing our way over it with the heavy packs.
Home sweet home! Love my new UL1 Copper Spur tent from Big Agnes.
View towards Bishop Pass and Mt Agassiz.
Mt No Goode, I believe
Mt Goode. I spent a lot of time staring at this peak, wondering if I should head up it the next day.
Hurd and the small snow shelter in the area from camp.
Small tarn below camp where we got our fresh cold water.
Snow and ice on the tarns.
Looking towards Bishop pass and Mt Agassiz from our campsite near Bishop Lakes.
The fishing along the freeze line was fantastic. The brookies and hybrids were biting everything I threw at them.
Melt out - there was a big drop between me and the ice, and the fish were just cruising that line eating whatever came along.
Michael was using nightcrawlers. I had lures. We both caught a ton.
Look at that red belleh! I thought it was all brookies up here but that red must mean a golden hybrid.
View from my tent. This place doesn't suck.
Mt Goode from my tent.
My awesome trip companions and our camp kitchen. And camp fridge (snow to the left).
Bishop Pass before sunset.
Picture Puzzle peak in the Inconsolable Range at sunset.
Mt Agassiz and Aperture Peak at sunset
The next morning we decided to head towards Bishop pass to see how passable it was in the snow. This was the first water crossing of the trip that actually gave us the chance of wet feet.
In the talus below bishop pass, looking back towards camp (the orange rock hill in the middle of the photo).
Almost out of the dry terrain and to the snow fields.
THe actual trail is to the right of this photo, and the switchbacks are snowcovered. We scramble through the rocks to the base of a solid snow field instead.
We put on our crampons and decide to head up here.
My trusty original-flavor Kahtoolas.
Heading up the snow. It's the morning, but it's already soft on this warm day.
Vinnie and Fred waiting on a rock outcropping ahead. Nice snow walking through here.
Looking down on the crew climbing up the snowfield.
Fred, Vinnie, and Picture Puzzle Peak.