*this post is out of chronological order, I accidentally skipped it when I was uploading all my posts in town
Today has been long and tiring. We started the day with a creek crossing. The creek was raging, so we crossed farther upstream, where it was branched off into several smaller crossings. After some climbing we ran into more significant snow. We tried out our microspikes, and took some time to practice self arresting with our ice axes. In the afternoon we hit the junction with the John Muir Trail, and headed out on the side trip to Mount Whitney. While nice at first, eventually we were traversing a massive snowfield of slushy afternoon snow. The going was slow and tiring. The sites we planned to camp at were buried in snow, but some descending hikers told us of some nicer camp sites farther up the trail. It was long and tiring and scary once or twice, but we made it to camp at 13,400 feet in time to enjoy dinner and watch the sun set. We are 1.9 miles from the summit of Mount Whitney. We’ll finish the hike tomorrow. We went about 12.5 miles all day today, and we are exhausted!