After breakfast we fill up our water bottles. I insist that we take more than we hope to use as a precaution. Having done this hike as a day hike before, I know how much water you can use! There is only one “reliable” water source between here and Half Dome, a spring located about 3 miles away.
We stow our packs at the campground and head out around 9am. I was hoping to leave a little earlier but we didn’t quite make it. We have another 4 miles of basically up hill climbing ahead of us. With no heavy backpacks to slow us down and Dwayne with a good night sleep, we make pretty good time.