Wish I had warmer jacket like yours
JMT DAY 17 - ICONIC MUIR HUT
Iconic Muir Hut
Our plan for the day was to reach Wanda Lake and camp there. And we were told that it was a beautiful lake.
When we arrived there, however, it was extremely windy. Mt. Goddard (13,568 ft) and Goddard Divide looked great, but without a single patch of snow at this time of the year wasn’t impressive for photography. Also, we still had a plenty of daylight left, so, we decided to continue on to Helen Lake.
After the unimpressive Lake McDermand and an unexpectedly strenuous incline, we arrived at Muir Pass, on which the iconic Muir Hut was nesting. It was windier than I thought, if not as windy as at both lakes down below.
While huddled inside the shelter, several backpackers kept us company. Most of them were out there only for a few days. When I stepped out with my camera to do some timelapse, it was still very windy. I was shivering a bit even with my down jacket on. My JMT buddy Henry was dashing toward the hut to get inside.
While outside, I had a visitor who kept me company. This curious marmot showed up and watched me idling behind my camera for quite some time… I amusingly murmured, “I wish I had a warmer jacket like yours.”
Muir Pass, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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