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

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Sep 8th, 2009
Trip Distance: 20.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,383
Journal Visits: 70,547
Guestbook Views: 9,476
Guestbook Entrys: 116

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Stehekin Landing Lake Chelan Washington

Stehekin Washington!

After a wet but incredible journey through the Glacier Peak Wilderness I have reached Stehekin Washington! This past section was tough! Three days of rain and super rugged trail made every step a struggle. I got chafed skin between my legs, cold feet, wet gear from rain and snow, and occasional low spirits(woke up in a puddle of snowmelt).. BUT IT WAS WONDERFUL because I made it through! I now stand just 88 miles from the completion of a dream I have had for over 18 years.
After spending the night in Stehekin I feel a bit better this morning. When I came off the trail I was footsore, and every stitch of clothing I had on was soaked, sleeping bag and tent as well. That's what I get for saying, "Bring It!" to the Washington weather gods! I could have made it longer but a fire would have been my next move had I not made it in to town. Hey, to any fellow thru's coming along behind, Hang in there! Glacier Peak is brutally rugged but absotulety the most beautiful thing I have seen outside the Sierra in California. The PCT was passable though parts of trail are still missing around Milk Creek (Look for the switchbacks on the other side BEFORE you desecnd to stream level). The log 1/4 mile upstream across the Suiattle was no sweat. The PCT resumes directly across from where you descend to the river.. the patch of trees between the eroded cliffs. The first trail switchback on the north side is missing so just bush wack up hill to reach the second switchback.
Well, what an incredible journey it has been thus far! I am in shock wandering the beautiful shoreline of lake Chelan here in Stehekin. Just letting all my aches and pains(MANY!) subside for a day before I make the final push to Canada!
I might not be able to post from the Border so I will say this now; ThankYou Mom and Dad for your unwavering support of my dream! Thankyou to my sisters and their families for their support and encouragement as well! Thank you to all the wonderful people who helped me reach my goal. All of you deserve will be in my thoughts as I cross the Border and fulfill this, wild, wonderful dream.
I WILL cross the border on the afternoon of the 12th!
I will complete the trail in Manning Park British Columbia sometime there after, perhaps even the next day.
Cheers Everyone!-Iceaxe

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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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