|Waters racing down First Falls, North Fork Big Pine Creek.|
|Following the trail above Second Falls.|
|After dropping our gear at Second Lake, we hiked up to Fourth.|
|Enjoying the peace at Fourth Lake.|
Whatever. We went to climb Peak 3917.
After a straightforward snow hike to Contact Pass, we dropped onto the southwest slopes and started up a long 2nd class scree and talus. It seemed to take forever, though it really only took three hours. We finally found ourselves on the summit, admiring the view. Karin was very relieved that the uphill was over.
Downhill was even faster, and we made it back to camp by 4:30pm. Three more hours later and we were back at Glacier Lodge, where Karin had a cabin, hot meal, soft bed, and shower waiting for her. For me, it was a quick 30 minute drive back home to Bishop.
|Leaving the snow at Contact Pass.|
|Taking a break, just 400' below the summit.|
|Summit bliss. Mts. Sill, North Palisade, and Starlite in the background.|
|Time to go home!|