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Brent and Kim
City: Fort Collins
State: CO
Country: USA
Begins: May 14, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Sep 17th, 2008
Daily Distance: 23
Trip Distance: 2,536.0

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Up and down and up and down and up and down

Northern Washington is as steep of terrain as we've seen since the Sierra. We had 4 passes today - Cathedral, Deception, Pieter, and Trap passes, each with a 1500 to 2500 ft drop in between. The views are incredible, and so are the switchbacks!

We thought we'd take a relatively easy 23 mile day today, but all the passes slowed us down, so we didn't get to camp until dusk anyway.

Earlier in the day, we met Alice, a triple crowner (has hiked the PCT, CDT, and the AT). She hiked the PCT in 87, same year as the Jardines first hiked the trail - I guess she'd spent a little time with them. Very cool.

Alice also gave us gouda cheese and crackers, which we enjoyed immensely for lunch, along with Wombat's marinated tuna he gave us last night. I sure wish this was one of the segments we were short on food! Seems like everyone's giving us food... Another section hiker, who was sick as a dog, also offered us some of his food, though we didn't take any, as we already had enough food, and well, he was sick as a dog. Hope he feels better.

We didn't meet any northbound thru-hikers today, but a slew of southbounders or flip-floppers (people who'd hike partway north, skip to the Canadian border, and then finish the trail going the other direction). We met Sleepwalker - he's taking pictures of all the nobo's and setting up a website, wolfman - who's moving to Colorado, and Squatch and Michelle - who are carrying a video camera and putting together a video of this year's hikers.

In the evening, there were some clouds starting to form - our good luck with weather may not last through all of WA, unfortunately. We went to sleep with to the sound of an owl hooting, next to Migs lake.

- Brent

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2008

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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