28 Oct 2000 - by Ed Lulofs
Susan Carlsson & I left LA at about 4AM.
Hit the trail at Mahogany Flats at 8:40.
Mostly clear skys with only a small cirrus cloud on the horizon.
Susan led all but 100 feet of the 14 miles.
During the first hour she tells how she isn't feeling energetic
and I started wondering if I should have brought a second flashlight.
At the saddle south of Bennet peak the sky was covered with cirrus.
At 10000 feet we had lunch and Susan had a coughing spell that set us
about a half an hour.
I was thankful for the break as I was eating No-Doze like candy
trying to keep up with her.
We arrived at the summit at 1:40.
Kern was already hidden by low clouds and now there were lenticular
clouds forming up and down the Sierra.
After chatting with the only other six people on the trail
that day we left.
Without stopping except to look at the rocks, trees and birds
we made it back at 4:25 with plenty of daylight.
Susan whipped that mountain into submission like it was a
All night long the jet stream intermittently swept down
and tried to blow up off the ridge.
High of 42 Saturday and low of 38 that night.
Cruised back to LA through Death Valley visiting the geological
What a wonderful trip.
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