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PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 19.07.2018

At mile 2036.7. Hiked 21.9 miles today.  Today was different because I was hailing with others nearly the entire day. Soon after I started, I came across Sid again and we joined up. Soon Amaneta showed up and Amaneta and I moved on ahead. Shortly after lunch. Eric caught the both of us and I hiked with both until  the night’s camp. All of us had camped at one spot or another the previous night around Rock Pile lake. We had great morning views of ithe south facing side of...

PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 19.07.2018

At mile 2014.8. Hiked 19.7 miles today. Having eaten 2 meals at Big Lake Youth Camp I was still carrying most of the food from my resupply and my pack was heavy. I  had a very late start so I was hiking during the hottest part of the day on a hot day. Not only that, I had also started late the day and hiked through exposed burns and lava fields, so this was the 2nd day in a row of intense heat. Shortly after crossing Hwy 20 at Santiago...

PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 15.07.2018

At mile 1995.1. Hiked 11.4 miles today. Breweries are a big deal in Bend, OR.. I stayed at the Bunk and Brew Hostel with first beer included. At Safeway I was offered a beer sample while shopping. I checked out barber shops and the first two I pulled up included beer with a haircut. Here I am in the barber chair with my 7 AM IPA.  Had to cross lava flows. Looking back were great views of Sisters. Here is the trail going through lava that made hiking difficult. A view of...

Hiking, PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 15.07.2018

At mile 1983.7. Hiked 11.7 miles today. A short day into Bend was surprisingly hard. There was a somewhat steep climb through gravelly lava where baby steps were needed to keep from losing traction and sliding back. View looking back, this shows  short switchbacks at the top of a steep climb up the  lava flow. At the end of the morning there was a walk through lava rubble that I will resumed tomorrow after resupply in Bend. Once again, mosquitoes didn’t allow me to take breaks where I would have liked. While...