Slept very well. When I woke, I could feel something cold and wet fall on my face... frost. This provided everyone with an excuse to take their time getting ready this morning. We waited for the sun to dry out our gear. Being on a ridge meant we had sun very early (no mountains to block it). The first 8 miles provided some incredible views. I took many little breaks as my back was really tired. My body felt very tired as a whole.
At the water source... Leah, Anna and ST were relaxing. Joined them for lunch. Took some time at the small stream to wash socks and soak my feet. I didn't bring my cell phone with me, so no pictures (the stream was a bit off trail).
Some miles on the trail seem to fly by. The next 12.8 did not. Not too hot, the climb was very gradual but long. My feet and ankles gave me hell. Unable to stretch out the aches and pains, I put my head down and charged up the mountain.
Ate some more food at the top before starting an equally long and gradual. The scenery really was pretty. My feet were killing me. And it all reminded me of Deep Creek (day ---).
Camped in the valley below. I think it is one of the best locations yet, in terms of scenery.
Having no wind today made everything better.