Adventure

PCT Day 52... Gear Swap

PCT Day 52... Gear Swap

I caught a bus up to where I was going to spend the night, while I waited for my backpack to come in. I ran and bought a larger water filter since the old one’s flow rate was so bad. As I was walking to the hostel, I got a message that my backpack had been delivered to the FedEx store

PCT Day 49... Glissading Down 200 ft

PCT Day 49... Glissading Down 200 ft

The descent was more interesting; we could either hike around this bowl of ice along the trail or glissade about 200 feet down and bushwhack from there. We choose glissading. Lucky Hat went first and he sped down the ice, not using his ice axe much to slow him.

PCT Day 47... Psych!

PCT Day 47... Psych!

Today I woke up just a few minutes before my alarm went off and we packed up camp and hit the trail at 5:30 am. It was one pretty day on the trail; we spent the day climbing up and down mountains and crossing two passes. Around the passes were epic mountain lakes.

PCT Day 46... Entering Yosemite National Park

PCT Day 46... Entering Yosemite National Park

We started later than normal, sleeping in till 5:30am, before getting packed up. The goal was to get to Toulomne meadows by 9 am since, if the store there is operating, that’s what time it would be open. We had two different people tell us it was open for the season and two others that said it was not.

PCT Day 39... Ascending the Steep Icy Slopes of Pinchot Pass

PCT Day 39... Ascending the Steep Icy Slopes of Pinchot Pass

Oliver, Lucky Hat, and I have found that waking up at 4 am and then getting on the trail by 4:30 works well, since then we only have to use our head lights for about 30 min before it is light enough to see. And so today, we did just that, leaving camp at 4:30 to begin our ascent of Pinchot Pass…

PCT Day 36... Incredible Views Hiking Forester Pass

PCT Day 36... Incredible Views Hiking Forester Pass

Our plan was to set up for getting into town to resupply tomorrow morning. We woke up at 3:30 am to hike over Forester Pass, which is the tallest point on the PCT. It was an icy 4 mile uphill trek to the pass. We hiked by the light of our headlights, until about 5:15 am when there was enough light to see. 

PCT Day 34... Preparing for Mount Whitney

PCT Day 34... Preparing for Mount Whitney

Today, Oliver and I spilt from the main group. The previous evening, the main group decided to take two days to get to the base of Mount Whitney, while Oliver and I were going to do the 24 miles in one day. We woke at 5:10 and were on the trail at 5:50, ready for another day in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains.

PCT Day 33... Break Away, Change, Rooster, and Speedy

PCT Day 33... Break Away, Change, Rooster, and Speedy

I hiked mainly on my own, not seeing any of our group until around 2:00 in the afternoon. I was stopped at a water source, relaxing when Oliver came hiking up. He joined me in filling up water.  He told me that the part of our group that had not made it to camp last night, had stopped about a half mile before, and joined another group who had built a fire.