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Matthew Edwards
City: Santa Clara
State: California
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 17, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Jul 4th, 2009
Start: Lake Tahoe
End: Lake Tahoe
Trip Distance: 20.0

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Aloha Lake

Independence Day

I am currently enjoying a zero day in Lake Tahoe California. The last section was full of wonderfull scenery and some personal drama as well.
I will start with the personal drama. Well I had been able to keep my weight up during the first 700 miles of the hike. But in the last 394 miles I have lost.. 30lbs.
At first when my appetite failed I just thought it would pass, and it did for a while. On Mt Whitney I had some dizzyness but ignored that as well. Thats when the.. Gastrointestinal problems began. During the High Sierra passes I felt much better but then slid down hill from then on. Yes, I had brought more than my backpack north out of the desert. I had in fact brought Giardia and 10 million of his best friends along as well. I can tell you one thing for sure, you do not want to lose weight THIS way! By the time I met my parents at Echo Lake as planned I resembled a skeleton with a backpack and huge calves.
The lesson is-Don't let yourself go or ignore your body to make miles. My hubris cost me a lot of strength and tool some of the shine out of the last section. Actually I added it up and despite only being able to eat 500 calories a day I somehow made it but at a huge metabolic cost. All that was needed was a visit to the clinic for ninety nine bucks and a nine dollar perscription for generic flagyl. Only two days later I am truly a new man. I can EAT again and the strength is flowing back into my body. Thanks to My Mom and Dad for being my trail angels here in Tahoe I am restored! It was so frustrating to know you need to eat but the mere sight of food turns your stomach. Giardia is a wierd beast. Anyway I am slowly eating my way up and down the main drag here in South Lake Tahoe. I intend to pack in as much as I can now that I have regained the ability to actually digest again. The only bummer is, it's the fourth of July and I cannot even have a single beer due to the medecine.. At least there is ICECREAM!
Oh Yea, I have to admit, I now have a water filter system. I know all those I have lambasted over the years for filtering will find that quite funny. I gotta say.. I am gonna filter every drop from here to Canada now.(Just don't tell Socks.. PLEASE! She will never let me live it down.)

Anyhow, the last section culminated in one of the most otherworldly places I have been. After leaving the granite domes of Northern Yosemite I began my approach to Sonora pass. Began as a climb toward a snowfield atop a dark volcanic pass. Then once atop that ridge reality got bent. The trail threads along a knife edge of sharp black volcanic rock with views of glacial lakes far below to each side. You can actually climb up to the edge of these peaks and lie on your belly and it's like your hanging from the edge of the world. A near total lack of trees and near no vegetation makes it seem like another planet.. Mars perhaps. The sounds the angular frost riven shards of rock under foot was oddly musical. You really feel like the last person on earth up there. The descent to Sonora pass was made in late afternoon. The trail drops precipitously down to the pass and the lower switchbacks were totally snowbound. Tracks in that snow told an intersting story. A fellow hiker had been plunging steps and clearly lost it, sliding the rest of the way down the pass, but thankfully not into the rocks! I took it slow but it was sketchy, almost falling myself a couple of times and finally resolving to simply descend the snowfiled directly down the shute.
Meadow Mary the travelling trail angel was there at the pass and serving up home made chili! Thanks Meadow Mary!
Well I will be back on trail tommorow and on my way north on this Great Trail of ours.
Thanks Mom and Dad. I love you!
Matthew-Iceaxe
Sent from the Trail on my Peek

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Matt's Pacific Crest Journey

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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