Hiking, PCT 2015, Travels

Day 100: Oregon!

Oh, and mile 1700! See, nobody cares. The Oregon border is what counts! I slept so well last night. It was as if California was sending me off with the best it could provide. After a fairly relaxed breakfast we had some nice stops in the first couple of miles. The first was a broken down cabin and outhouse (which…

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Day 99: A Last Night in California

I have limited recollection of the trail from today. I remember a gentle climb in the morning with views across the valley, and some forested trail which gave ample opportunity for catching up on lost time. But the details of the trail are sketchy as I was absorbed in conversation for much of the day. It was wonderful to catch…

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Day 95: Etna Hospitality

Today not only did we have the smoke to contend with, but we were hiking through a section which had burned in 2014. It meant there really wasn’t a lot to see for most of the day, and there was nothing to protect us from the hot sun. Whilst taking a break in the meagre shade from a burned tree…

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Day 94: The Smoky Mountains?

Today was about flora and fauna given the lack of visibility and the absence of wide vistas. We disturbed a rattlesnake hiding in the rocks when we stopped for a break, and spent the rest of the morning on the alert for hissing. However we only saw a young spotted deer, accompanied by some older chaperones, gambolling in the woods…

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Day 93: Feeling Easy

We had arranged to meet Firecracker and Big Fish for a lift back to the trail around 9am so we managed a lie-in and a proper breakfast at the Black Bear in the same day! We got caught in roadworks on the way to the trail too so we got a rather later start than usual. The miles felt easy…

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Day 92: Downhill and Slackpacking

Today’s slackpack was relaxed and fun. Emory drove us to the Gumboot Lake car park early and we were on the trail by 8am. Despite the early hour, it was hot and still hazy with smoke. We hiked towards Castle Crags, which we’d approached from the south two days ago. It was barely visible through the smoke at times, but…

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