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PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 30.08.2018

At mile 788.5. Here is a view of Mt Whitney from a booth at McDonald's 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 Montbell down parka. The post office lost my bounce box with my warm clothing and the nights are getting colder.  (Note: Months later I received my bounce box...

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 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 the initial descent from Forester Pass. Just one of the countless views, all...

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 the PCT. Total distance hiked today was 22.2 miles. I was cold in the sleeping bag when I awoke to see that the ground had frozen. I was up at 3:35 am and on the trail to Mt Whitney just after 4 am. There was a nearly full moon so I left my headlamp turned off most of the time. Without the headlamp beam, I could actually see...

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. August 27, 2018 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...