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Day 63... Burney Falls

Day 63... Burney Falls

About 8 miles into today’s hike, I reached Burney Falls State Park. It was a short side hike to see the falls. The lady who gave me a ride said that Theodore Roosevelt once said the falls were like the 8 great wonders of the world.

PCT Day 62... Looking Forward

PCT Day 62... Looking Forward

Before I hit the sack, I did some thinking. I am almost positive that I will not be able to finish the trail this summer although I will get extremely close.  I expect I will be just a week or two short on time. My goal is to get as far as possible to the end.

PCT Day 55... Will Hike for Food

PCT Day 55... Will Hike for Food

Packing up camp took even less time than yesterday, thanks to not having any tent to pack away. I got out of camp in less than 20 minutes after getting up. I started today by climbing up to a ridge and hiking along it, passing a ski lift. 

PCT Day 54... Swapping Philmont Stories

PCT Day 54... Swapping Philmont Stories

I decided that I was going to go back to waking up at 5:30 am, so I woke up and was completely packed up by 5:50 - a ten minute improvement from normal! I felt 10 times better today, compared to yesterday, after a good night sleep.

PCT Day 50... Magic Chipmunk

PCT Day 50... Magic Chipmunk

Where there was not snow, there was mud.  We trooped along taking a couple of short breaks to dig cat holes or for me to filter water. As the day progressed, the snow became slushier and I slipped and slid more and more.

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 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 32... Must be Summer

PCT  Day 32... Must be Summer

I did not remember until I saw a guy hiking naked that today was the first day of summer.  It is a tradition to hike naked to celebrate the end of spring and coming of summer. However, it is an odd and not pleasant thing to be surprised hiking around a bend by a naked guy hiking toward you.

PCT Day 27... The Forbidden Words

PCT Day 27... The Forbidden Words

While each day offers new experiences, some things are beginning to feel routine. Today began like so many other days, the rhythm of getting up, packing gear, and hiking out. It was an extremely pretty morning with the sun coming out over the mountains…