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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...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 27.08.2018

At mile 766.3. Hiked 15.5 miles today plus 1.2 miles on Crabtree Meadows trail. I’m seeing a lot more people now. Most of the hikers are out to climb Mt Whitney. Some are hiking the John Muir Trail. I met one hiker who told me he was giving up. He had started at Cottonwood Pass with intent to hike the JMT northbound. After 20 miles he is hiking back to Cottonwood Pass. He told me that he had gotten dehydrated.  The heat is real. It is bothering a lot of...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 26.08.2018

At mile 750.8. Advanced 5.5 miles on PCT by completing alternate route began on Day 126. Total alternate route distance was 5.9 miles. Returned to PCT via the Cottonwood Pass Trail.  August 26th Today was a Near Zero day called by hikers a “NERO”. I spent most of the day in Lone Pine doing laundry, eating pizza buffet (8 slices plus large salad and 3 refills of root beer).  I also worked on reducing pack weight by getting rid of rope and underwear. I reduced fuel carried by leaving full can...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 25.08.2018

At mile 745.3. Hiked 14.4 PCT miles today plus 2.2 miles from Trail Pass to parking lot at Cottonwood Pass trailhead. Here is an opening to the broad desert thousands of feet below. It is also where I had cell service. The day started cold, but by mid-day I was sweating my way on a long climb in the blazing sun. Walking faster and not stopping was the only way to make  it end. Starting yesterday afternoon, I have been hiking around and above 10,000 feet elevation. It should...