We left our high-altitude camp (about 2 miles south and 1000' below Forrester Pass) and were immediately descending towards Tyndall Creek. The sun was out and there were only a few tiny clouds in the deep blue sky. The temperature was decent...after then sun came up it warmed quickly and we were able to drop the long pant legs and long underwear tops soon after we had started hiking. We had a long way to go today, our goal is to get as close to Trail Crest pass as possible for tomorrows climb up to Mt Whitney and then descend part way down towards the Portal. I had my eye on Guitar Lake, which is only about 3 miles from Trail Crest summit, which would give us a 14 mile day (we have no significant passes to climb today so I was expecting our pace to be higher). We were both feeling pretty good, the high altitude hasn't been a problem since we woke up at Kearsarge Lake. Our legs were doing better now too...turns out backpacking/hiking is significantly different than pedaling a bike. Which was working to my advantage...Greg is INFINITELY stronger than I on the bike right now (and for the last 2 or 3 years). However I was matching him step for step now, and even pushing him for longer distance later in the days up here on the trails. It felt good to be beating up on him for a change...as it's been a LONG time since there's been any of that! (and no, we're NOT competitive...at ALL).
Many years ago on our 2nd trip up Mt Whitney (from the portal...we did the up and back in one LONG day) we hiked it at night to see the sunrise from Whitney.Well, we didn't quite make it, and as it was getting close we were in that gap, so I climbed up thru the boulders to the summit of Mt Muir for the sunrise, while my brothers stayed in the gap. We also flew a few gliders from that notch, trying to see how far we could get one to go..but the winds are pretty violent along the steep face and none went very far other than to blast back into the jagged cliffs.
And that about wraps up our day three (2nd full day) on the trail....we made the 14 miles I was hoping for, and now have a short distance to Trail Crest tomorrow so we can have a shot at the side-trip up Mt Whitney (depending on how we feel/what time we get up there). Tomorrow will be another big day for sure!