PCT Day 70... Buggy

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I woke up to the sound of my alarm, which does not normally happen. As I looked out from my sleeping bag, I could see an amazing sunrise. I packed up my equipment and hit the trail before anyone else had gotten up. Today started my first full day in Oregon, and it was buggy.

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Where I camped, the bugs were not too bad since there was a good breeze going all night, but as I hiked, I would pass areas where the mosquitoes were bad enough that I had to put my head net on. Besides the mosquitoes, the trail was great. I made good time all day. I ran into 5 other Nobos (North Bounders) and a lot of Sobos (South Bounders). One of the Nobos whose name was Brightside, skipped the Sierras this year due to the snow and then took a month off the trail, before getting back on in Ashland. He said he was surprised at how quickly he lost his trail legs, once he stopped hiking. 

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Multiple times the trail followed a semi-exposed ridge line. You could see for miles - lots of forest, as far as the eye could see, with mountains sticking up here and there. Also there were beautiful lakes miles away in the distance.

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I reached Summit Lake at 6:10 pm which was the place I planned to stay. I was hoping for a breeze coming off the lake, but no luck. The mosquitoes were some of the worst that I have ever seen, including last year when I spent the summer in the Boundary Waters. The other person at the site was cooking dinner with her stove inside her tent, they were that bad. I set up my tent as fast as possible, then had dinner at the lake’s edge. There were fewer bugs and a great view. After I finished eating, I dove into my bivy and zipped it up as fast as I could. Thankfully, only a couple bugs got in. They were swarming and so I went to bed to the loud buzzing drone of mosquitoes.

Tent site to Summit Lake

Miles Hiked: 35.5

Location: Latitude: 43.44694; Longitude: -122.13295

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