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PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 31.08.2018

At mile 794.3. Hiked 5.4 PCT miles today. Returned to PCT via Kearsage Pass Trail by hiking additional 7.2 miles. I bought 2  breakfast burritos at the Shell Station in Independence to carry with me for lunch. The person working in the store was strange. When I asked how much my food cost he gave me an obviously inflated price. Then he reduced it by a dollar. Seeing his pricing system I asked how much the Cliff Bars were. He gave a price then immediately reduced the price and...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 30.08.2018

At mile 788.5. Here is a view of Mt Whitney from a booth at McDonalds in Lone Pine. Whitney is the peak just to the left of the lamppost. Because it is set back, it isn’t prominent on the skyline above Lone Pine. I stayed at the Dolly Villa again and the big excitement of the day was a purchase of a new Mont Bell down parka. The post office lost my bounce box with my warm clothing and the nights are getting colder....

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 29.08.2018

At mile 788.5. Hiked 15.8 PCT miles plus 7 miles on Kearsage Pass Trail to Onion Valley parking lot. Today I climbed 2 passes on the same day including Forester Pass at over 13,000 feet the highest point on the PCT. I came across many families of Marmots. This is an adult. The babies are cuter.  Here is the climb up Forester Pass. You can see the notch that is the pass. Here is the view looking back (south) from Forester Pass. A lake after initial descent from Forester Pass. Just one of countless...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 28.08.2018

At mile 772.7. Hiked 6.4 PCT miles today plus 15 miles to Mt Whitney summit and back plus 0.8 miles to return to PCT. Total hiked today 22.2 miles. Cold in sleeping bag and awoke to see that the ground had frozen. Awake at 3:35 am and on the trail to Mt Whitney just after 4 am. Near full moon so I left headlamp off most of the time. Without headlamp you actually see more of what is around you. With headlamp on, you only see the trail. I heard the...