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Orange glow slowly descended


Sunrise glow cast on Forester Pass

Going over Forester Pass (13,153 ft) was probably one of the most challenging hikes I have ever done in my life, primarily because of the weight that I was carrying. The views were spectacular, however, without too much of fanfare, I hurriedly came down the pass, worried that I may run out of time before the sunset.

I walked farther down, away from the foot of the pass where most of the backpackers were camping, and luckily I was able to find a small spot where my Big Agnes tent barely fit in the field of boulders between the two lakes. It was extremely windy, and I struggled pitching it at first but, eventually, it was safe to spend a night once it was done.

Next morning when I woke up, I knew that the sunrise glow would be cast on Forester Pass, but I didn’t know if it was worth all the trouble. It was still very windy, almost gusty, and bone chilling cold, while standing on a huge slab of rock that presented both the view of the highest point along the JMT as well as the PCT and the view of the Great Western Divide far away in the opposite direction.

The bright orange glow slowly descended from the tip of the divide. Then I wondered what it would be like to camp up at the pass and catch the sun rise.

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