Mountain House egg meals are getting difficult to eat. They are often my breakfast as they offer a good source of protein. After packing up, I quickly made it to a water source 3 miles into the day. I desperately needed it due to me always using a couple liters for dinner (the night before) and breakfast (coffee and freezes dried eggs plus some to wash it all down).
It was a little trek to find the water. After filtering a couple liters, I took everything out of my pack to reorganize. I'm still sorting out how everything fits in this pack (a bit of backpack Tetris).
Met up with Leah, Lefty and BT who were resting at a nice stream near the trail. I decided lunch was in order. Oatmeal + Granola was on the menu.
The last section of the day was quite challenging. A combination of warm soft snow, uphill and overcast conditions made me want to be at camp sooner than later.
Still, the views are too good to pass up. Cotton Pass had lots of snow on its north pacing slope. This caused everyone, including me, to get a little lost. I wound up at a meadows (with no snow) that paralleled the PCT. I decided to walk on this until the trail turned.
Tonight's campsite is at a small alpine lake called Chicken Lake. It rests near 11,200' and is surrounded on 2 sides by near vertical walls. It has to be one of the coolest campsites so far. But it was actually cold, which kept me mostly in my tents cooking dinner and chatting with tent neighbors.
It started to snow, then I went to sleep.