Very basic, short vid. We'd hoped to do the Evolution - not to be. But hook is set. What a beautiful, beautiful region.
Never got off the ground, pinned down by storms, but had a killer time all the same. On the hike in, skies progressed from sunshine --> soup of clouds --> rain --> hail --> snow and lightning, and then cycled back through again. Wx seemed to come in over the Whites and right down our necks.
All was calm from around 5p on Sat, through sunset, and into the evening. Over the course of the night, we watched the stars thin out and then disappear behind clouds from the window in our tent. We woke around 3am with heavy wx pulling at our stakes.
Sunday's alarm went off at 4:00 but we were both awake listening to the weather. We spent half of the day talking sh#t in the tent and waiting to see if the skies would clear. Nada - steady rain and wind. Beautiful storm.
On the way out, we had near whiteout condition passing through Lamarck Col, with burly winds and thick horizontally driven snow - that cheery kind that lacerates the eyeballs. One thousand feet lower, on the east side of the pass, it turned to rain, which kept up throughout the day and into the evening. Ground-level fog made re-threading the Lamarck semi-xc trail a little tougher but not bad. That trail doesn't feel xc, it's so well defined.
After cooking up soup and drying out at the Bishop laundromat, I dropped Matt at the campground and then drove up to Lee Vining, over Tuolumne, and back to Oakland. Flowers thrashing in the headlights all along the roadside in the winds. Steady rain nearly the entire drive until Groveland. Fantastic night for storm driving - stopped many times and jumped out of the car to feel it all come ripping down. The Sierra: second to none.