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PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 09.07.2018

Day 78 - 30 Mile Day At mile 1892.5. Hiked 30.7 miles today. I hiked 30 miles today because there was water (a pond) at 29 miles and a campsite a mile further. About 3 miles before I arrived at the pond, I thought I saw a huge lake through the woods. With a mosquito head net on you can’t be sure what you are seeing. This turned out to be Diamond Lake. It was not listed as a water source on Guthook. I think the reason was that it...

PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 08.07.2018

At mile 1861.8. Hiked 21 miles today. This is Zach and Nora who are climbing the pinnacle of Thielson  Peak shown in the background. Zach has climbed it before and it is Nora’s first time. There doesn’t appear to be any room on top, but Zach told me that there is an area the size of a small living room.  After an area of mosquitoes during mid-morning, I didn’t see mosquitoes again until the last mile before camp. I made this an easy day by taking long breaks and naps...

PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 08.07.2018

At mile 1840.8. Hiked 19.9 miles today. Today I hiked the PCT alternate route that is the Crater Lake Rim Trail. I took my time getting started as I enjoyed the amenities of the Mazama Village campground. Upon reaching Rim Village I took a long break to allow my devices to recharge. This meant an early lunch. It was also a great opportunity to meet some interesting hikers including the first true South Bounder (SOBO). The last 2 days I have been meeting a lot of hikers and it...

PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 08.07.2018

At mile 1820.9. Hiked 16.6 miles.  I was ready for Crater Lake and with mosquitoes keeping me from slowing down, I was sitting in Annie’s restaurant in Crater Lake before 12:30 PM. I walked through areas that were intensely burned. In parts the trail was totally obliterated and I was forced to navigate by GPS when I found myself off the trail. Small saplings had burnt into something like tempered swords while curling inward over the trail. These fire transformed saplings would rip flesh and and clothing. There weee also...