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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: Tue, Jun 17th, 2008
Trip Distance: 468.3

Journal Stats
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Walt's gorgeous fish

Tues-Trying to relax and prepare for Mt. Whitney

I awoke this morning to frost on the meadow and the resident three deer still there. It was cold and my tent had not been touched by the rising sun. I grabbed my small blue foam pad and hat and took a seat on a long flat slab of granite to let my black sleep clothes absorb the rays and to continue to gaze at the deer. I felt joyous in spirit and privileged to awake to such a stunning scene.

I would be sayig godbye to Slo and Shake today. They have become good trail friends and I enjoy their compny. They will continue on the PCT and I will take a side trip to Whitney. They have hiked the PCT twice before and climbed Whitney. They are currently hiking to a thru hiker friend's wedding at Timberline Lodge. Shake says you don't say goodbye on th trail, "that's not how the trail works."

I again pack up rather late with considerable doubt about my hike and many questions about the next few days. I feel nervous about climbing
Whitney. What will the trail be like, can I do it, will I be doing it alone? A lot of people I met in Kennedy Meadows are climbing Whitney today. They all stayed at Guitar Lake last night. The lake is a good launching point for the Whitney climb. It is at 11,400 feet and is 4 miles short of the top.

The lake is my destination today. It is only about 4.5 miles from where I am. I know if I push it I could climb today and be back on the PCT tomorrow. I have meeting my sister to consider and later in the month Michael in Mammoth. I think maybe I should rush.

I took a short detour at Crabtree Meadows to check out the ranger station. I thought there might be a phone and I could call Michael. The station is a 20 by 12 foot forest service brown, locked rectangle. Apparently it is a snow emergency shelter in winter and ostensibl a ranger is there if not out on patrol in summer. Across a small meadow is a square shake sided building that resembles a very tall outhouse with lots of gadgetry on top. It is a snow information gathering unit so water availabiity can be detemined based on snow pack.

I ambled back to the trail after this exploration, again crossing Whitney Creek by fording it, boots and all. It was early and warm so I reasoned that my boots and socks would have timeto dry. I run into a number of people who have climbed Whitney that morning. I muse with Will and Julia about doing it yet today. Julia says it would be very hot. They started up at 4 this morning. That convincedme this was not the ay forthe climb. I continued until I came across Walt fly fishng in Whitney Creek. I first met Walt at Kennedy Meadows, a young guy who splits his time between Olympia and Orcas Island and is originally from Tennessee. I sat in the sun on the creek bank and chatted with Walt while my boots and socks dried.

The creek is crystal clear and the fish are lovely. Some are marked with broad red stripes on the side, others have red fins. Walt catches one and I mosey up the trail.

Trekking on,

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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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