Late in the afternoon I reached Le Conte Canyon. There I came across a couple of fellows I had met earlier on the trail, Steve and Malcolm. Malcolm had plans to leave the trail for a while for resupply while I found that Steve was basically on the same schedule that I was. I suppose you could say we partnered up from there and I wound up hiking with Steve for the remainder of the trip. Can't say I've met a better person in my life and I really enjoyed his company.