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Two pass day accomplished! We decided to tackle two passes that were only 10 miles apart today to gain some ground on the folks in our frankly who were ahead. This was certainly a big day for the sierras, around 3,200’ of gain, but around 6,000’ of loss.
Pincho pass had a terrible steep approach, relatively easy summit. Somewhat unremarkable.
Mather was the pass everyone on trail claimed was terrible and required microspikes and an ice ax. We summited the pass with microspikes that we did not use. The ascent and approach were easy (compared to the rest) and the descent had some class 3 scrambling and steep snow fields, but our past experience made this very manageable at 1 pm as we came down.
At the bottom of the pass I made a snow cone with fresh snow and Mio electrolyte flavoring. It was delicious!
As we came down Mather we passed by the Palisades, which are a stunning set of peaks. I climbed Mt. Sill seven years ago and loved recognizing more areas in the sierras that I have known and loved.
Such a beautiful day, so excited for many more.