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Trail at timberline in upper Tyndall Valley (view N)

Day 7. Backpacking Day 6.
Upper Tyndall Creek, Forrester Pass, to Bubbs Creek

Within a few minutes of leaving camp, my shin began to hurt, and with every step it became worse. Even so, there was no way out, and I hobbled over the highest pass on the JMT. At 13,153 feet, Forrester Pass is high and steep, and although I was moving, I needed to stop at every stream crossing to soak and numb my shin in the near-freezing water. Drugs offered by passing hikers and an ace bandage helped too, and the wet ace bandage continued to chill my leg as I moved along.

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Trail crossing alpine meadow in upper Tyndall Valley (view N)

On the way down the other side (going down was more painful), some friendly hikers gave me two 800-mg ibuprofen tablets. Half of one, plus more freezing water and leaning heavily on my trekking poles, helped me finish the day, but I was beat and discouraged from the pain.

I intended to stop at the regular campground along Bubbs Creek, but it was a sea of tents, so I continued on. In another 1/2 miles, I found a nice site along the stream and resumed soaking my leg. As the evening began to run late, I invited two guys hiking together and a solo woman to join me. We made lively chat during dinner, but we didn't last much past dark.

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Alpine wildflowers along the trail
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Looking back down across upper Tyndall Valley (view S)
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Looking up across upper Tyndall Valley (view N)
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Trail crossing alpine meadow in upper Tyndall Valley (view NE)
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Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
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Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
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View towards Forrester Pass (view N)
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Stream in alpine meadow (view NW)
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View towards Forrester Pass (view N)
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Shallow pond in alpine meadow (view NW)
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Approaching Forrester Pass (view N)
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Switchbacking up Forrester Pass (view S)
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Approaching memorial plaque for Donald I Downs (view NW)
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Memorial plaque (view NE from trail)
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Memorial plaque (view NE)
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Rocky trail below Forrester Pass (view NW)
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Switchbacking up Forrester Pass (view NW)
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Switchbacking up Forrester Pass (view SE)
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Looking down steep hillside at hikers below (view SW)
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Switchbacking up Forrester Pass (view SE)
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Rocky trail below Forrester Pass (view NW)
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Switchbacking up Forrester Pass (view S)
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Looking back at trail across granite slabs (view E)
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Arriving at Forrester Pass (view N)
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Forrester Pass sign (view N)
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Forrester Pass sign (view S)
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Forrester Pass (view S)
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Looking down from Forrester Pass (view N)
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Alpine lake below Forrester Pass (view N)
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Alpine wildflowers along the trail
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Trail switchbacking into Center Basin (view N)
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Trail switchbacking into Center Basin (view S towards the pass)
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Looking ahead into Bubbs Creek Valley (view N)
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Trail along ridgeline (view N)
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Trail along ridgeline (view N)
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Descending towards a small pond (view S)
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Trail crossing rocky hillside below curious geology (view E)
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Soaking shin in very cold water
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High-elevation lake (view S while soaking leg)
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Trail descending towards Bubbs Creek Valley (view N)
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Grand scenery (view N)
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Curious geology (view E)
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Trail switching back towards alpine meadows (view SE)
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Approaching high meadow (view NW)
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Approaching first of the trees (view NW)
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Pond with Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs (view N)
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Reminging hikers about no fires above 10,000-ft (view NW)
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Descending into Bubbs Creek Valley (view N)
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Descending into Bubbs Creek Valley (view N)
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Trees in upper Bubbs Creek Valley (view N)
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Trail through trees in upper Bubbs Creek Valley (view N)
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Early view of Bubbs Creek (view NW)
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Meadow along Bubbs Creek (view S)
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Bubbs Creek crossing bedrock at campsite (view NW)
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Going to bed
backpacking
More to come ...

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