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PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 09.09.2018

Day 141 At mile 976.6. Hiked 20.6 miles today. There are not many photos of the wooded areas, but these are some of the most peaceful and delightful areas to walk through. It was too cold to worry about breakfast (my water bottles were partially frozen) when I woke up, so I  ate breakfast later at this spot on Miller Lake.  Near Miller Lake. As I sat at Miller Lake, the button on my pants popped off. What to do now? With no belt, the button was all that held my pants up....

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 08.09.2018

At mile 956. Hiked 20 miles today. Saw Shuttle hiking southbound. She  had also skipped the Sierra and saved it for last. We had hiked together part of a day in SOCAL going into Mike’s Place. She is the first person I have seen that I knew since I skipped to the Sierra. Here is early morning fog lifting from a meadow where the Tuolomene flows. This rock feature is on the Tioga road at the point the PCT crosses. I ressupplied at the post office nearby and also resupplied my...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 07.09.2018

At mile 936. Hiked 23.8 miles today. I met 2 thru-hikers heading southbound. Their trail names were David and Z. David’s real name is Mike. Nobody seemed to be able to remember his real name, Mike, so they named him David since it was presumably easier to remember. Z got her name because she hiked with Chacos which leaves a Z tanned onto each foot. David and Z and I had never met before but we knew all the same PCT hikers. It was fun talking to them and catching up on all of our in-common friends. They had hiked with Ridge Route and Shortcut in Washington. I told them that RR and Shortcut were in the Sierras now. Z had met Cache 22 at the Oregon border where they were both starting their hikes. There were many others that we both knew or met such as Bear, Flying Amaneta, Hummingbird, Rifle, etc. Here is a small lake where I ate lunch, soaked my feet, and napped. Banner Peak in Ansel Adams Wilderness. Banner Peak with Thousand Islands Lake. The trail.
PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 06.09.2018

At mile 912.2. Hiked 16.2 miles today. Today I had easy trail the entire day. The trail surface was smooth and the slope gradual. After 10 miles I was in Reds Meadow where I went directly to the General Store to buy a beer, then to the cafe to order a double cheeseburger to have with my Sierra Pale Ale.  Needing only one breakfast and one dinner, I resupplied from the hiker box. I just finished eating the chicken and rice dinner that I had chosen and it turned out...