Great report, and informative photos!
Here is the edit. You can upload once the server problem is solved
> I was first dragged on a backpacking trip eight years
> ago a have been addicted to it ever since.
EDIT ...ago AND have been addicted...
The elevations experienced have been
> between 4,000 feet (1,220 m) and 11,000 feet (3,353
NOTE I would round the metric values to 1200 m and 3300 m respectively
> poured on me all day and the pea-sized hail in the
> early evening convinced me to turn in for the day.
EDIT: It poured on me all day...