[Hosea Stout Diary] Friday September 1st 1848. I went out to herd before breakfast and came in about ten during which time it had been raining smartly.
To day a waggon and two yoke of oxen had been set apart for me and Br E. H. Groves as we both had about enough to load it well. The team belonged to Bishop A. Hoagland & was driven by his son Peter.
We soon loaded up and started again on our journey. From here to the summit of the south pass the land is smartly rising (9 miles) so that it is difficult to know when you have gained the summit.
Just about the time we had fairley assended to the summitt we were met by a violent wind & snow storm soon turning into a still rain as it grew dark. We just had time to see the first ravine which conveyed the waters to the west before dark set in so that we had to decend to the Pacific Springs after dark traveling in a mild rain
We turned our cattle out in the dark now knowing where the range was. We had a disagreeable time of it for the wind arose from the North and blew cold all night.
[source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]