First things first, however. We still had to get to the top of the mountain and come back down.
After eating breakfast and packing up our gear, Tengo, Stick and I walked to the ranger station. Hikers were allowed to leave their gear in a covered porch and borrow a daypack for use while hiking.
The daypacks were worn and dirty, mostly of the type used by school kids to carry books, but they would suffice. We only needed them for carrying a couple water bottles, snacks and rain gear.
We were not expecting any rain today, but the weather is so changeable on the mountain that it seemed like a good idea to be prepared for it.