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PCT North California / 24.06.2018

At mile 1521.1. Hiked 17.9 miles today. With a heavy pack loaded with a 5 day resupply and a long climb in the heat, I decided to cut the day short and stop hiking at 4:30 PM. I also took several cooling off breaks to prevent the heat from causing problems. The steepest part of the climb over, I finally reached a small creek where I filled my water bottles and took a long recovery lunch. The day was spent climbing up and around Castle Crag. Here are some photos...

PCT North California / 24.06.2018

At mile 1503.2. Hiked 4.9 miles today. I crossed the Sacramento River shortly before reaching Interstate-5 where I hitched a ride to Mt Shasta.  The river just springs from the rocks not far upstream. Rivers here have a tendency of springing from rocks. Here is a trail register I signed with my Uphillhikes logo. I walked all over town shopping for resupply and feeding myself. I tried for a barber, but as I learned Bret the town barber had flexible hours. In other words if he wanted to fish or go...

PCT North California, PCT Thru Hike / 20.06.2018

At mile 1498.3. Hiked 20.9 miles today. I seem to be hungry nearly all of the time. Shortly after I eat and start hiking again I begin to feel weak and steeply. I’ll need to resupply with increased snacks to keep me going between meals Crossed Squaw Valley Creek on this footbridge. Other views of Squaw Valley Creek flowing through the canyon. View of cloud covered Mt. Shasta. It couldn’t. Be pleasant  limbing into those clouds. Views of Castle Crag. A tiger lily. People: Hiked with and passed back and forth with Rough Ridge Andy  Shortcut....

PCT North California, PCT Thru Hike / 20.06.2018

At mile 1477.4. Hiked 22.3 miles today. PCT hikers cross ledges blasted out of rock and stop to photograph the dramatic trail with a view, sbut they usually don’t wonder who built it or how. Today I met the person that built these trails. Ted Tobiason blasted the rock where he is seen posing. He worked for a company under contract with the Forest Service to do excavations needed for the PCT. Ted carried around a 125 lb rock drill with a 3 ft drill bit. He would drill...