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Matt - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2008

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City: Almont
State: MI
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 8, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Aug 17th, 2008
Start: Bend, OR
End: Bend, OR

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 370
Journal Visits: 625
Guestbook Views: 15
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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2 Zeros in Bend

Made it to Bend, OR via Elk Lake Resort this past Friday at lunch. Had lunch at the resort, then caught a ride into town with a very kind Trail Angel, Lloyd. Thank you!! Met up with my college friend that lives here, and had a very much needed shower! Then went out to dinner and stopped off at the Bend Brewfest, which was fun and entertaining! Bend is a great town, was really nice to spend some time here. Originally I wanted to push through town quickly to keep up with the aggressive schedule I had set out for myself. My new GoLite shoes I tried this year had really torn up my feet, with a lot of blisters and swollen, hurting feet. (In all fairness, perhaps it was starting off with such big miles right off the bat - the first day I started at noon and still did 20 miles, the second day I did 30 miles to reach the Mazama Campground at Crater Lake NP). So I decided to take Saturday off as well. We went to REI on Saturday and ran into some other thru-hikers. Spoke to the salesman there, who had hiked the PCT in '05. Told him about my shoe problems, and he said they would take them back, even with 175 miles on them! So I traded them in for a trusty pair of Salomon XA Pro 3D trail runners, plus a new set of Superfeet insoles. I don't know why I skipped the Superfeet in my GoLite shoes, I used them all last year on the PCT and they treated me well. My other set of Salomons had been sent from home to Cascade Locks, so I will just have to send them on again when I get there. I didn't want to push through another 200 miles on shoes that didn't agree with my feet! Sunday morning arrived, and my feet were still fairly swollen and tender. SO I decided to take a second full zero. Seems to help, my feet are doing a bit better now. Plan to head out early Monday morning back on trail. About 6-7 days up to Timberline Lodge, then 2 more days down to Cascade Locks. I will probably take another zero at Cascade Locks to get a well needed shower, laundry, and to take care of purchasing and mailing off my food resupplies for all of Washington. Hard to believe 1 more week and I will essentially be done with Oregon, after 3 months of hiking through California last year, and STILL having 500 miles to finish there. Really not looking forward to those miles too much, as I will probably be alone for them, and it will be after I have set foot already in Canada! Kind of backwards from the manner I'd like to finish in, but with the fires and timeline that worked out this year, that was the best option for me. So far I have hiked entirely alone this year, though I have camped a couple nights with other thru-hikers, and have run into several in the towns and resorts along the way. Last year was MUCH, much better having a partner the whole time. Much more enjoyable when you have someone to speak to and share insights with. But all the same, I'm trying to still enjoy the hike this year. It's tough to jump into the trail so far into the trip, as the herd has spread out a lot by now.

TO summarize, last Friday, August 8, I started off near Fish Lake, OR. Mile 1780. Took the train down to Klamath Falls on Thursday, spent the night at the KOA campground there. Friday morning took the Shuttle bus heading to Medford and got off at the trailhead at Fish Lake. Hiked about 20 miles, and took the Sky Lakes Trail alternate down to Trapper Lake. Saturday I hiked 30 miles to Mazama Campground at Crater Lake NP. Made it just in time to get the all important all-you-can-eat buffet there (the same sight as a teary eyed goodbye to Lauren last year). Sunday I took a nice shower, bought my mom a birthday gift, and hiked up to the Rim Village. Had a nice lunch at the cafe there, then hiked around the west rim and camped about 4 miles south of highway 138. Monday I hiked up to Maidu Lake for the night. Also met "The Beach Boys" , a father and 2 sons team from Newport Beach section hiking the PCT. Great guys! Tuesday I took the Crescent Lake alternate and camped at the White Fish Horse Camp. Met a nice couple from Portland there that even shared a Buffalo Burger with me for dinner. Much appreciated! Wednesday I hiked up to Shelter Cove resort, made it there by noon. When I arrived, the power had gone out. At first they said my resupply box had not arrived yet. After double checking, we managed to find it. I hung out there for about 5 hours relaxing, using the satellite internet, and meeting the other hikers. That night I hiked out about 6-8 miles and camped up at Maiden Peak Ski Hut with another thru-hiker from Israel. Thursday I hiked a long day and made it up to (Miller Lake?) near mile 1947. Had a nice lunch that day on the shore of Charlton Lake by myself. That afternoon the mosquitoes were horrible! I kept on passing stagnant little lakes. Not wanting either to filter water for dinner out of the stagnant lakes, or get eaten alive by bugs after stopping, I kept pushing on for the promise of bigger lakes ahead on the map. Finally made it to a nice lake at 8 pm. Found a nice campsite and walked up and surprised to find 2 other thru-hikers there: Oasis and Scratches. They were nice and shared their little site with me. I was too tired and not hungry enough to cook, so a snickers was my dinner! Friday I woke up and hiked the approx. 12 miles out to Elk Lake Resort.

Time to enjoy my last few hours in town & civilization for the night. Tomorrow back on trail!!

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Matt's 2008 PCT Hike

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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