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Jack5455 - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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Jack "John Deer" Wallace
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 12, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, May 10th, 2009
Start: near Holcomb Creek
End: near Deep Creek Hot Springs
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 306.0
Entry Lat: 34.33907
Entry Lng: -117.17728

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 479
Journal Visits: 36,735
Guestbook Views: 2,811
Guestbook Entrys: 44

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Vertebrae - not a good sign

Water torture

At first there was too much water with another creek ford. Then I followed Deep Creek all day long, up and down and around and up and down. The problem was that I could see and hear Deep Creek but the trail was on a cliff line well above the creek so I could not touch or taste the water. Then someone turned on the oven in these canyons - it was hot, hot, hot. Shade was cherished, water even more, and a cool breeze even more yet.

I seem to be the slowest geezer out here. A typical day is getting up just before daylight; pack up; start plodding along; eat a cold breakfast while I walk; plod along some more; snack every hour or so; drink a little every 20 minutes of so; air my feet every 1 to 2 hours; plod along for a while; and then think about where I will camp. In the meantime, I get passed by 5 to 20 people during the day but usually catch up to some by the end of the day. Eat, sleep, and repeat.

There are about 40 of us "stealth" camping at Deep Creek Hot Springs which is a clothing optional hot springs and no camping allowed. The problem there is no other place to camp or water within about 4 to 6 miles.

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Jack Wallace aka John Deer

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. Join the PCTA ( to support this trail.


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