Though it didn't rain at our campsite at Rainy Pass, the dew settled and got everything wet all the same. Having camped with Signs, Slingshot and Bravo, I was, as usual, the last to be packed up and on my way.
It took a while to climb from Rainy Pass to the top of the 25 mile climb. Once over the top, there was sunshine and views galore. It didn't take too long for me to decide to stop and dry everything out. I spent a good 30 minutes flipping my sleeping bag, tent and fly over and over like a rotisserie chicken. The slight breeze helped expedite the process.
Hitting 2600 was a big mark. I wasn't with anyone to celebrate, so I let out a couple solo hoots and hollers to signify the achievement, then continued on my way. Today was Day 1 of many Passes. In order they were: Cutthroat Pass, Granite Pass, Methow Pass and Glacier Pass.
Most Thru-Hikers by this point were planning and strategizing where the last couple campsites were going to be to hit the Canadian Boarder at a time of day that suited them. I was quite enjoying hiking with Signs, Slingshot and Bravo, so together our plan was for one more normal day tomorrow followed by a shorter day to finish this adventure. A lot of others had the same idea. That meant tonight was at a campsite packed with life and activity from a much larger group of hikers than I'd seen in a very long time.