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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...

PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 14.07.2018

At mile 1972. Hiked 21.8 miles today. I hiked through woods wearing raincoat and headnet against mosquitoes until I couldn’t stand the heat. After a climb I came out in this mosquito-free paradise. Time for photos and a rest break. This is South Sister, the 2nd highest mountain in Oregon. Here are a sampling of the flowers I saw. I had not seen this flower before. The petals have hairlike growth. More flowers. And this Indian Paintbrush just feet from my tent. Here is South Sister. This is a nice meadow enclosed by a lava...