Kate, Ellen, Jonathan R (the series producer) and I
go up the main highway to near Bishop and then left
up into the high Sierra Nevadas for a days walking.
A lovely, lovely day out. We walked about 14 miles or
so, following a well trod path higher and higher, up
1000m or so, into the alpine like mountains. We came
across some glacier-fed lakes of the most amazing turquoise
blue. We go skinny dipping into the ice cold lakes and
dry out in the bright sunshine.
Toward the middle of the walk, near to the highest
point, I feel slightly heady, slight sore throat and
achy. We are up at about 3000m above sea level here
and I guess our quick ascent has made me suffer because
of the altitude (this makes sense as later on in the
trip when I was well acclimatised I felt fine).
Really great day out and some time to catch up with
everybody. We all agreed that it didn’t feel like
a year had passed since the last RS. We all seemed to
slot right back in to the Rough Science experience.