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Frisbee - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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Frisbee
City: Pittsburgh
State: PA
Country: USA
Begins: May 10, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Aug 17th, 2009
Trip Distance: 265.6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 482
Journal Visits: 10,706
Guestbook Views: 543
Guestbook Entrys: 9

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Northern Washington

Well--5 weeks between updates isn't the way to maintain a fan base, but it's been a heck of a 5-weeks.

I'm currently about 200 miles from Canada, at the Dinsmores (Trail Angels in Baring, WA).

Oregon was flat, fast (35-40 mile days), very hot (record heat wave of 105F in Portland and 14 days above 90F), and the most vicious mosquitos I've ever seen. Pretty much totally miserable until I got to the Three Sisters, where suddenly the bugs and heat relented, and the views improved dramatically. Hiked on the slopes of Mt. Hood, and crossed to Washington at Cascade Locks.

Washington was viewless during 7 straight days of rain and heavy fog. Somehow, I'll managed to walk right by Rainier, but haven't seen it yet (and doubt I will). I walked through Goat Rocks Wilderness, across a several mile long knife ridge, during 50-70mph rain storm. It definitely woke me from my usual hiker induced slumber. The last several days north of I-90 have been awesome. Great scenery, including my favorite -glacier carved granite rock and lots of passes. The next section north goes aroung Glacier Peak, and is widely regarded as 2nd best on the trail to the High Sierras, and it looks like blue skies until I finish in about 8 days, unless the creeks rise.

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Frisbee's 2009 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: www.pcta.org

 

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