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Jellybean - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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City: North Pole
State: AK
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 12, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, May 7th, 2009
Start: I-10 Palm Springs
End: Mission Creek Camp
Daily Distance: 30.5
Trip Distance: 117.3

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,101
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Guestbook Views: 442
Guestbook Entrys: 7

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Stupid Stunt

OK! So I was trying to catch up with a few hiker friends and thought I could do a big mile day! I had the opportunity to slack pack, carrying only a water bottle and a fanny pack, I crossed the desert at a 100 degrees. I left Rockstar behind and passed two other couples. Then I stopped at the Trout farm for an orange and sunkist drink, then pushed on again after a brief cooling swim in the whitewater river. The Ranger there was interested in the SPOT so I got talking to him and forgot to pick up my lunch and water filter. I hiked up and over the shadeless ridge down into the mission creek drainage and passed 2 more hikers resting in their homemade shade. I shouldn't have been out in the heat, but I'm from Arizona. Getting a good sunburn though! Hit the creek and three guys were chilling in the shade and didn't move. Then up and up and up! I don't think there was a single down hill all the rest of the day. No filter, so I just drank the water as I crossed and recrossed mission creek. I'll probably get giardia or something, but I had no choice. There's little leech like things in it too, They stick to my legs when I cool my feet. But I knew I had no time to lollygag. On up the never ending grade. It was mostly chapparel that had been burnt. The joshua trees look really strange. The occaisional grove of oaks I think gave a little shade. I'm really hungry and the water gets warm really fast. It makes me burp. Maybe its the empty stomach, maybe it's got a lot of minerals in it. Anyways, I'm getting really exhausted, hardly making an hour maybe an a hour and a half miles per hour. It gets late. I was supposed to be at Mission Creek Camp around 8pm in my estimation. Really off. I sent a spot message of OK, to let my ride know I was alright, just running late. When it got dark, I was fortunate to have a full moon. My little petzl headlamp did nothing. For awhile I thought I was off on another trail. A sign said "H20 in 2 miles at Oak Grove. I didn't know it as oak grove. my map called it creekside camp. I was so tired, I laid on a rock for a while, then thought I would go the 2 miles and see. I needed water anyway. It was indeed creekside camp but it was now 10:30pm and there were a few tents and cowboy campers. I tryed not to disturb them. I thought about calling out for help and see if maybe one would share a tent and just crash, but I'm a little too stubborn. I got myself in this mess, there was nothing to do but push on. It was taking all my mental reserves to keep putting one foot in front of the other. A couple more camps up the hill, then an amazingly long final push to the top of the ridge. It started to get too chilly to rest. I've climbed over 4000 foot of elevation. I was so relieved when I saw the car. I had been lusting for a cold orange soda for many many miles. It was all that kept me going. I knew it would be cold and full of sugar. Then I got my pack from the car and threw the sleeping bag down on the ground and slept! I don't think I will be hiking tomorrow! So much for making up miles. Stupid Stupid Stunt.

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