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City: Taylors
State: SC
Country: USA
Begins: May 11, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Apr 11th, 2015
Start: Campo
End: Hauser Creek
Daily Distance: 15.4
Trip Distance: 69.8
Hours Hiked: 11

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Campo to Hauser Creek

Those of us sleeping in the tents were awake early--4:45--partially in excited anticipation of finally starting, and partially because breakfast was starting to smell good! Breakfast at 5:30 was served around the table with French toast, scrambled eggs, scones, cereal, coffee, tea. Amazing spread! Then, water bags were filled and packs were loaded into several vans for the hour trip to the border. At that hour, San Diego was still sleeping, and it was Saturday, so traffic was minimal.
The sight of the monument was special, even if this was only a section hike for me: would I ever get to see that monument again as a thru? Pictures were taken and our trail angels drove away, leaving us in the middle of....wilderness! Actually, the town of Campo was only a half mile away!
The hike started at 7:24 and by 7:35 I was having to turn the phone back on to start the E-trail app to see where the trail turned off the paved road in town! I was getting used to the way the PCT is marked with the small medallions, rather than the 3x6" white strip of the Appalachian Trail. By the way, I would continue to enjoy that app as we went along....now if the mileage would agree with Halfmile's app, it would be perfect!
Over the famous railroad tracks, then the intro to hot, exposed climbing! But, oh, the views! My destination, so carefully set up months prior (!), was Hauser Creek for the night. The creek was dry, but someone had left 4 gallon jugs of water for emergencies. There was not a cloud in the sky, so cowboy camping it was, close to those three-leaf poison oak! Dinner was rehydrating some of my wife's cooking, then off to sleep! A great first day! (Note: carried 5 liters, and used 2)

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