Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 59: The Creepy Classmate

Sunday, May 12, 2019 – 12 miles

The weather and scenery were wonderful again today. Near Bird Spring Pass, I met a woman who asked whether I was a section hiker because she hadn’t seen many thru-hikers stopping to take pictures. I also stop to talk to skittering lizards, whispering furtively so that no one will overhear. I once encountered a hiker screeching loudly and he explained that he was talking to a crow, so I’m going to classify my behaviour as ‘normal’. Anyway, this thru-hiker seemed to believe and expect me to believe that thru-hiking/hikers are superior to section hiking/hikers. Get out of here with that, girl! They’re different activities that value different elements of the trail. And readers know by now that I dislike hikers thinking that they deserve admiration just because they’re walking a long distance, right? GO WALK IN THE AMAZON AND DISCOVER A NEW ANTIBIOTIC IF YOU WANT MY RESPECT.

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After Bird Spring Pass, the trail made a long climb to Skinner Ridge. I had trepidation about starting the climb in the heat of the early afternoon, but it was less steep than the other climbs lately, and clouds muted the sunlight.

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The views from the high point were incredible. I wanted to camp, but I had only covered twelve miles. But… it was so pretty… and I saw a flat clear spot in the trees with surrounding rocks and a short walk to the best view… I CAMPED! Ugh. Short on food but addicted to scenery. But this is definitely one of my favourite places where I’ve camped on the PCT. I even found a pool of delicious stagnant rainwater in the rocks. A thundercloud is edging past and I’ve had two hummingbird encounters: one was hovering a half metre away just now, watching me with its beady black eyes, and the other brushed the back of my neck. 

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I’ve known people to distinguish hikers into two categories, ‘walkers’ and ‘campers’. I’m a camper for sure. I love sitting and silently observing. Like that classmate who freaked you out in high school. I’m proud to be the creepy classmate to these skittering lizards.

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