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Diamond Dave - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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Diamond Dave
City: Tahoma
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 9, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jul 12th, 2010
Trip Distance: 653.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 268
Journal Visits: 21,262
Guestbook Views: 2,506
Guestbook Entrys: 78

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The SNOW is there

Spent the night at Panther Creek. The Hosts were wonderful. Even scored a nice bowl of spinach from one of the campers in exchange for my hiker wisdom, yea RIGHT. She was planning her hike for August.
After several great days of moving North with stunting views I continued gaining elevation. I saw one South bound section hiker who told me he slipped over to Crest Camp due to big drifts around 4500'. He did not know how far south the snow continued toward Crest Camp. I continued North, passing through Crest Camp. I started seeing small patches of snow at first. Then long stretches 5' to 8' deep that seemed to be only on the trail. I was more surprised to find sections of the trail flooded. Bushwhack around several flooded areas was the only option. Slow, but I was progressing. Near the top of the climb, 4900', the snow was clearing! I'm over the top and cruising, sweet! I'm less then 2 miles from Blue Lake when I hit hit big snow - endless snow- drifts 8' to 12' deep and no sign of Trail. "North face" snow thing i assume? I continued on a little farther but it was late. I considered going on but maps showed this elevation continued for12 miles to where the South bound hiker skipped over. I hiked back to Sheep Lake to spend the night. Temperatures are back down to 50's and cloudy- not much melting today.
Tomorrow I'll take an alternate low route to Trout Lake. Bummer, Oh well...

David Margavage
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Diamond - Deep In The Rough

Diamond Dave

The PCT is 2650 miles of trail from Mexico to Canada where you have to fight through snakes, lions and bears every inch of the way!


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