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Brent and Kim
City: Fort Collins
Begins: May 14, 2008
Date: Wed, Sep 17th, 2008
Daily Distance: 23
Trip Distance: 2,536.0
Entry Visits: 442
Journal Visits: 75,843
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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.
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: www.pcta.org
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