Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 57: Soggy PCT

Friday, May 10, 2019 – 12 miles

I woke during the night to flashes of light. I’ve not weathered a thunderstorm in a tent before. My poor tent – I’ve patched more of the holes, but it’s not what one would call waterproof anymore. I had trouble falling asleep again, and the lightning seemed to go on and on. Water was pooled in one corner of the floor when I woke up in the morning. Light rain was still falling. I wanted to wait for a break in the rain to pack up my things, but none came, so eventually I packed up in the wet. My nose was running, hopefully from allergies rather than a cold, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a cold. It’s hard to fist bump someone, then immediately take a bottle of hand sanitizer from your pocket and rub it all over your hands while continuing the conversation. Even while shiftily avoiding eye contact.

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As expected, the scenery was engulfed by low-hanging clouds, but at least the wind was mild and not driving droplets into my glasses. I wore my massive new poncho until the rain stopped, then kept it on as a warmth layer.

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The trail had steep sections today and was mentally a bore until the vegetation began favouring pines. Cottonwood Creek had plenty of water with a strange buildup of foam, while Landers Creek looked more palatable.

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Cottonwood Creek flooding the trail

Camping in the Landers Creek area was appealing with a carpet of pine needles so I set up there, stopping early but with no real expectation of being able to dry anything. The scenery is like water with bits of earth blurred in.

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