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Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 25.07.2015

Spectacle Lake to Ridge Lake 12 miles I packed early then rolled out my pad on a rock to relax while enjoying the view of Spectacle Lake and surrounding peaks. A hummingbird was sitting on a pine tree nearby. I was motionless as I attempted to see how long it would rest if undisturbed. In a flash, it was hovering about 10 inches over my chest close to my nose. In order to extend the moment, I remained motionless. It hovered seconds as it drifted closer to my nose. I...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 24.07.2015

Easily our hardest day of the trip. We started earlier than usual at 6:30 AM. I never have trouble getting ready before others and I had plenty of time for my coffee and oatmeal with blueberries. We started the day with a long switchback climb and ended the day with a hot dusty climb through fireweed and burned forest to Spectacle Lake. We didn't finish up hiking until after 7 PM. Matt and I hiked ahead at the beginning and the end of the day. We really moved...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 23.07.2015

Deep Lake to Waptus River Campsite 7 miles Today I hiked some with a southbound PCT thru-hiker named Lucky. Lucky was nursing a sore foot and seemed to slow down a little allowing me to catch up. Lucky is from Modesto so in a way he is hiking home. Good luck Lucky! :-) Later in camp we met another PCT thru-hiker (northbound) named OCD. There are 2 OCD's on the trail. OCD shared his stories around our campfire. Everyone was impressed with OCD's pack that came in at...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 22.07.2015

Desolation Lake to Deep Lake 12 miles At Desolation Lake I slept without the rain fly and with the door open to enjoy the stars. In less than a minute I saw 3 satellites pass overhead. With a cold wind at Deep Lake I used the fly for the first time. Throwing bear lines has become a nightly ritual. The greatest effort was the night at Surprise Lake where we suspended bags across a ravine anchored by small trees that bent over. The two longest ascents have been up Trapp Pass and...