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Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 20.07.2015

Hope Lake to Surprise Lake 4 miles Dan, Kathy, David, Dillon, Joe, Pete, Karen, Katie, and Matt are with us. Today, Pete, David, and Dillon had to spend most of the day taking Chris off the trail. Chris sprained his ankle falling down an embankment on his first day in camp. The rest of us slept, swam, and was mostly lazy as we waited for the group to return. Matt, Katie, Dan, Kathy, and I took a 2nd walk to Migg's Lake this time exploring beyond the lake...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 19.07.2015

There are 11 of us backpacking from Stephens Pass to Snoqualamie on the PCT. The group ranges in age from mid- 20's to 70 years old. Tunnel Creek Trailhead to junction at PCT on Hope Lake 2.6 miles Saturday, July 19, 2015 We unloaded the van and started toward the PCT. we picked and ate Salmon Berries and Blueberries. Hope lake was small but deep. I took a couple of swims and was never able to dive to the bottom. Great to finally be on the PCT! [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Pacific Crest Trail...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 17.07.2015

After a week of packing, making lists, repacking, and changing equipment decisions I am finally sitting at the gate waiting on my 10:30 PM flight to Seattle. My pack weighed in at 36 pounds which is heavy for a light weight packer for me. Reason for extra weight includes a real tent because I heard about mosquitoes and 7 days of food. Normally I pack a tarp tent and no more than 4 days of food. The plan is to hike 75 miles on the PCT trail over 8 days...

Hiking, Slickrock Creek Wilderness, Southeast / 29.06.2015

June 27 - 29, 2015 From Magazine Branch Campground and Boat Ramp on Calderwood Lake via one man Ocean Kayak (Yak Board) to campsite on Slickrock Creek, then hiking Slickrock Creek trail past Lower Falls and Wildcat Falls to Big Fat Gap and returned to campsite via Windy Gap, Nichols Cove, Yellowhammer, and Slickrock Creek trails. Early morning view from Calderwood Lake down channel of Slickrock Creek.   Many others were sleeping in their cars, tents, and hammocks. They were up late so I didn't get much sleep.   Launch point.   It was less than...