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PCT Thru Hike / 11.04.2018

Hiked 20.7 miles today. At mile 256.2 ”It’s gonna be alright, Everything is going to be fine at the end of the line.” The End of The Line by The Traveling Wilburys Today I started at 6000 ft and climbed to over 8000 ft. I spent the remainder of the day walking at elevations of 8000 - 8500 feet. This made it much cooler and pleasant than the miles walking up Mission Creek gorge yesterday. Today’s view of Mission Creek Gorge from above. There are little green areas around the creek and even...

PCT South California, PCT Thru Hike / 09.04.2018

  Hiked 24.2 miles today. At mile 235.5. It rained on me overnight. The wind was very strong so I had not bothered pitching the tarp. It wouldn’t have held up to that wind. Seeing dark clouds, I staked the tarp spread on the ground. I staked 3 upwind corners and places large rocks over each stake. This covered my sleeping pad, etc like a blanket. I slipped under the tarp at the unstaked corner. All night the tarp was flapping directly on my body and face. When the rain...

PCT South California, PCT Thru Hike / 09.04.2018

  Hiked 24.7 miles today. At mile 211.3. There was a little snow in couple of spots on the trail. I spent most of the day hiking 20 miles to descend the nearly 8000 feet to the desert floor. All the while I could see clouds gather over the San Jacinto massif. The clouds began moving down the mountain, but never reached me. This evening while viewing the mountain from camp, the clouds lifted to reveal new snow on the upper slopes. My camp spot last night being well above...

PCT South California, PCT Thru Hike / 07.04.2018

 Tahquitz Here is where I stayed while in Idyllwild. Having left my sun hat in a car, I had more than the usual organizational problems to solve before I could be on the trail. Not having transportation, I expected it to take most of the day. Don’t laugh about the hat. On the PCT without the best clownish looking hat your brain will bake and  your neck fry.  Many people bring specialized umbrellas. Packed all up, I walked out of my room and saw a guy with a backpack getting in a...