We spent a couple of days at V lake. We each were sleeping 12 hours per night, plus taking afternoon naps! Then we packed up and headed higher up the trail towards Clear Lake, passing beautiful Diamond Lake, where I camped one night about 10 years ago. there was an Elk crossing the lake inlet at the other end, but he can't be seen in this pic:
We got some water out of this ice cold creek:
Just before the final 400 foot climb to clear lake, we looked up towards Sundance Pinnacle/Warrior Peak and Jack Ass Pass towards Lonesome Lake on the other side. We were grateful that we did not have to cross this pass as we have done in the past.
Then after climbing several hundred feet, we realized we got on the wrong trail ( there are few signs out here, plus we were tired and just screwed up). After a brief debate, I was able to talk every one into following a compass setting and a contour line using the altimeter, off trail rather than going back down the trail to where we went wrong, dropping all of that hard earned elevation. Two of us at first strongly wanted to go back, two of us wanted to follow the compass/altimeter. We (compass group) prevailed, so we walked through the woods on a steep side hill for a while, crossed a creek, and thankfully( I would have been lynched if we got lost) popped out of the woods at Clear Lake at last:
Our pads came in handy, even though we never had to go to ground. Sitting around the campfire and just sitting or laying somewhere where the hammock wasn't:
Or, for some who couldn't get warm and wanted to catch every available Sun beam: