On Thursday night, we left Inyokern around 8pm. The drive up to the Needles wasn’t bad, we listened to music on my shuffle and Walter was wide awake giving me directions. We got to the pullout around 10pm and quickly got to sorting gear for the next day. With the packs all set for the next morning, I ate a snack, braided my hair, and got my outfit all set for the early morning wake-up at 4:40am.
I was super excited about the climb the next day, so I read a little to calm my nerves. It was on the warm side in the camper, so Walter elected to sleep outside on the ground (with a camp pad)-traditional California climber methodology! I was a little nervous about him being out there because we had seen a skunk hauling roadkill off for dinner about half a mile from where we were! (more…)