Trailhead Reality. Carrying 9 days of supplies, coming in at 43 lbs. Ouch.
Not the most organized, but here's what my Osprey Aura looks like loaded up for 9 days. The Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel was secured to my pack using some NiteIze gear ties and it worked perfectly!
From the other side. Including: GPS devices, camp shoes, sit pad, tyvek sheet, fishing pole, and helmet.
Packing up at the trailhead. Onion Valley was packed yet we pulled right in at these two great spots. Good sign!
And we're at the wilderness boundary.
The trailhead is in view for many switchbacks, but at some point you start to let go of civilization.
Climbing towards the first lakes.
Annoying rock slide section of trail, but otherwise the climb to Kearsarge is really nice, probably the easiest access to the Sierra from the east side.
Looking back down Onion Valley
The lakes up here are deep green.
I think I take a picture of this tree every time I hike the trail.
Finally Kearsarge Pass (~11,700 ft) is in view.
Pothole Lake below the pass.
Crossing to the pass.
Big Pothole Lake
Views from just east of the pass.
Views to the southeast from the pass.
Kearsarge Pass rock piles.
Made it once again.
Looking up at Mt Gould from the pass. One of these days I'll get it.
Looking west from Kearsarge Pass down on Bullfrog Lake
Pavla at the Pass
Kearsarge Lakes and Pinnacles. I see lots of tents - it's a popular camp spot.
View from Kearsarge Pass
Descending towards Kearsarge Lakes, but we'll keep walking.
Taking a rest at Bullfrog Lake. David caught fish while he waited for us.
Bullfrog Lake and East Vidette
Lakes below Bullfrog Lake
Hello old friend.
East Vidette from the trail as it descends from the JMT junction to Vidette Meadow.
Descending to Vidette