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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 1: It’s Legal Tender

Friday, March 15, 2019 – 11.10 miles I was planning to take the bus from El Cajon to Campo ($5) this morning, but ended up getting a ride thus: when I was checking out of the motel, a man approached, asked whether I was a PCT hiker and mentioned that he was driving his brother-in-law […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018): Concluding Thoughts

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Pre-concluding thoughts, I’ll note that my phone still works five months after falling into the stream. The external battery started working again too. Don’t give up on your wet electronics! Northern half of the PCT in general: It’s a beautiful trail. I was impressed by the overall consistency of good scenery, […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 113: Goodbye PCT

Friday, September 21, 2018 A short entry today about my exit: I got up early this morning, ready to tackle the Crowsnest Highway. While eating disgusting trail granola, I met an Uber/Lyft driver who offered to drive me to Vancouver for $100. Nope. He then offered to drive me to Hope for free, because he […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 112: Manning Park

Thursday, September 20, 2018 The northern monument marks the end of the PCT but not the end of hiking; I still had five miles to walk to Manning Park today. Along the way I met curious day hikers and PCT hikers heading to meet friends at the border after abandoning their own hikes. The fourth […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 111: Crossing the Border

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – 18.90 miles Most of the Holman Fire detour was viewless, but the trail emerged from the trees a few times (sunlight! warmth!) before joining the PCT near beautiful Woody Pass. On Lakeview Ridge, I encountered a hiker who I had first seen all the way back in the Trinity Alps. […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 110: Detouring

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – 17 miles I’ve felt colder overnight when camping (Heysen at the cow droppings campsite) but last night was the coldest I’ve felt in my -9.5 degree Celsius/15 degree F sleeping bag. The down is clumped up by now, so there’s a bare spot on the bottom and I could feel […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 109: Rainless

Monday, September 17, 2018 – 17.70 miles Finally a nice weather day, chilly but without precipitation. The PCT switchbacked up to forested Glacier Pass, then to the more scenic Grasshopper Pass.  I began encountering/passing/being passed by Homebound and Hello Darkness (trail name given in retrospect and without her agreement), who I initially thought were section […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 108: Zero

Sunday, September 16, 2018 Today was my ‘zero to avoid the terrible weather’ day. When the sun rose, the sky was blue through the trees. You’re not fooling me, Washington! The weather has been following a pattern where the day starts clear, then rain begins later in the morning or afternoon, so I wasn’t deceived […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 107: The Tragedy of Electronics

Saturday, September 15, 2018 – 13.80 miles Another mishap today! The forest was sopping in the morning and not long after I started walking, I came to a shallow stream bridged by a log with a flattened but tilted top. I was almost across when a piece of wet wood broke off beneath my foot […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 106: Combork

Friday, September 14, 2018 – 16.80 miles My first priority this morning was buying new batteries for my headlamp. The store opens at 8:00 AM and the shuttle bus leaves only fifteen minutes later, so I started hovering at the store doors at 7:45 AM. When they let me in and I asked an employee […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 105: Sticky Bun Sadface

Thursday, September 13, 2018 – 6 miles I walked the rest of the way to Stehekin Road this morning. The trail was still in good condition, so I have to assume that whoever started the rumours of ill-maintenance skipped Grider Canyon (and can’t be blamed for it). I didn’t feel like hitchhiking so I started […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 104: Chocolate Bars and Toothpicks

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – 11 miles Today’s breakfast options consisted of toast, hard-boiled eggs and muesli/cereal with various toppings. When I accidentally took a piece of gluten-free bread, a man at the toaster recommended I toast it multiple times so it wouldn’t fall apart. It didn’t fall apart, but it tasted terrible. No amount […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 103: Arrival at Holden Village

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – 14.20 miles My tree spared me from nighttime drizzle. A nice early morning was interrupted by heavy rain as I left the PCT at Suiattle Pass and began the Bannock Lake Fire detour, which started with a devilish ‘hikers shortcut’ that climbed steeply up and down across a scree scope. […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 102: Morale and Courage

Monday, September 10, 2018 – 17.20 miles It rained during the night, but the fifty layers of branches overhead fulfilled their duty and my tent remained dry except a few wet spots from the wind. Morale and courage to face the upcoming weather strengthened. Low-hanging clouds created a beautiful scene in the valleys below Dolly […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 101: Marmots Being Adorable, as per Usual

Sunday, September 09, 2018 – 14 miles The sun rose this morning into a beautiful high ceiling, so I climbed up to Fire Creek Pass before eating breakfast. My olive oil had solidified overnight. The climb down to Mica Lake was pretty, and the lake was pretty too. I would have lingered to dry my […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 100: Cruddy Thing

Saturday, September 08, 2018 – 15.70 miles Nighttime rain. The sunrise filtered through low-hanging clouds. The only rain during the day was light drizzle, but I regretted missing White Pass and Red Pass and all the other views. I got one glimpse of an impressive glacier, but that’s all. Everything was wet, especially in the […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 99: But What Does It Mean

Friday, September 07, 2018 – 13.80 miles Bigfeet caught up with me early this morning, having changed his mind about taking another rest day at Stevens Pass. He explained that he’s resigned himself to being in pain for the rest of his hike – poor guy. After matching his pace to mine for awhile, he […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 98: Unruly Mice

Thursday, September 06, 2018 – 15 miles While packing up my gear this morning, I discovered the shredded remnants of a Snickers wrapper on the ground. I had placed it in a pocket on my pack strap and forgotten about it. Luckily, the backpack was in my vestibule overnight, so the mouse didn’t chew any […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 97: Leaving Stevens Pass

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 – 8 miles I tried to use the main lodge’s Wi-Fi this morning to download an audiobook and app, but it was uselessly slow. At least I managed to access the detour maps and a weather report predicting rain every day for a week. There are no easy bailout points in […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 96: Visit to Seattle

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 We were supposed to leave for Seattle around 10:00 AM, but a tire issue delayed Caribou’s brother at a repair shop. When he arrived, Smileyface ended up coming along to pick up her package in Skykomish, where we also ate lunch. Considering the limited time we would have in Seattle, I […]