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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...

PCT Oregon, PCT Thru Hike / 08.07.2018

At mile 1804.3. Hiked 26.5 miles today. I have hiked 714.3 miles over the first 37 consecutive days (no zeros) of my return to the PCT. I had hiked 650 miles in 37 consecutive days (no zeros) during the Southern California portion of my PCT hike.  This is looking back at the north side of Mt McLoughlin. I hiked on the mosquitoe infested south side yesterday afternoon. Here is a morning view of a lake. This is “Hoops”. He is from Germany and is hiking the Oregon PCT. He carries this basketball...