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Ginnyb - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2008

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Ginny "Circle" Benware
City: Portland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: May 1, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Apr 27th, 2008
Start: Warner Springs
End: 1.5 miles Past Lost Valley Spring
Daily Distance: 11
Trip Distance: 24.5

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Leaving Warner Springs

first day after Warner Springs

I got an early start and the morning was lovely until I discovered that two of my water containers had wiggled themselves out of my pack. This leaves my capacity at 3.8 liters instead of 7.8. Fortunately the next couple of days there is frequent water so I should be ok. It is hard to figure water requirements so much depends on the terrain and temperature. I have been estimating 1 liter/3 miles and then I carry an extra one for good measure.
I took a long lunch break at the final ascent from Agua Caliente Creek then a late afternoon shade break. It made for a short day, only I pitched my new tent for the first time. It went up easily but the combination of wind gusts in the night and being on a sandy creek bank dislodged a stake at 3:45 a.m. and it came tumbling down on me. I was able to get out armed with a spare stake, but found the old one to my suprise, and I grabbed the pole and anchored the stake in a more secure place. Also a good time to take an early a.m. pee break. I really hate to get out of the tent in the middle of the night for that but since I was out anyway it was opportune.

All day my barometer had been indicating clouds and showers. Periodically through the night I saw visions of the flash flood display I had seen in January at the Preserve at the Springs in Las Vegas. The last place you want to be is on the banks of a dry creekbed.

Just a reminder to you all. I can upload text from any payhone, but I can only upload pictures when at a compouter which will be about once a week, so please check back entries for photos.

Trekking on,

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Celebrating My 60th On The PCT

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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