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Bishop pass, 11,984 ft high is one giant last climb! 2600 ft, 5 hrs of climbing to get to the top. Glorious, all elements of wild beauty and hardship present. Steep staircases hewn in granite, waterfalls tumbling down, cool shade from rock walls, idyllic meadows on Duse flats for resting and the merging of breathless views, trail and thin air as our bodies haul ourselves, pack laden, up the ridge in one last effort, step by step.
Passes are mere passages, a way to another side.
This trip had been a passage to another side in our life. As Robyn Davidson says in her book "Tracks": Trips like this don't end, they continue in another form