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City: Packwood
State: Washington
Begins: Aug 2, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 27th, 2008

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 870
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Guestbook Entrys: 6

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How it began

I guess I first heard about the Pacific Crest Trail when I was in high school. I have a couple of trail books that I must have aquired around that time. I dreamed of riding horses on it for years, but decided I liked my horses too much to risk it. I didnt actually see the trail until I did an ultra race in Oregon in 2002. I remember pulling off onto a campground and getting out just to see "the trail". Hard to imagine one direction went all the way to Mexico, the other to Canada. I hiked a mile or more that day on the trail, not wanting to stop, but I had to, I had a 31 mile race the next day. The next day I saw 15 miles of the Crest Trail on an out and back course. The race started at Timothy Lake and went almost to Timberline Lodge. I did this race several more years, mostly because it was on the PCT. The next seed was planted when I found the internet. I read the trail journals of people who had hiked and were hiking the PCT. Then in 2007, the final seed was planted when a co-worker came to work and said " You will never guess what my sister-in-law Sam is doing, she's hiking 500 miles on the PCT" That did it, I wanted to hike too. Being recently divorced, I can do this now!! So I started day hiking. In 2007 I hiked the PCT 30 miles from Chinnok Pass to White Pass as a day hike with the Yakima Hiking Club, The Cascadians. In 2008, Sam completed 500 more miles of the PCT. I spoke with her over the phone asking her tons of questions, as I started planning my shakedown thru-hike. I wanted to do a distance that would test my abilities. Having done many maratons and ultra trail races, I knew it would have to be well over 30 miles. So I picked a much longer distance, Cascade Locks to White Pass, 147 miles. I couldnt find anyone to do it with me and I had promised my mom I wouldnt go alone, so I called up Sam. I asked her if she would like to go with me. She said YES!!!!!!!

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Sandys 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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