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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: Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Start: near Kennedy Canyon
End: Sonora Pass
Daily Distance: 11.5
Trip Distance: 791.3
Entry Lat: 38.328191
Entry Lng: -119.63768

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Cold, open volcanic terrain

Sonora Pass or bust

Last night was very, very cold. I woke up and the tops of my water bottles were frozen. There was frost and ice on my tent fly. I just waited until the sun hit the tent and warm me up that way.

I started out thinking this was going to be my last day on the trail. My body has been breaking down; I have been cold for the last 2 days; and I don't think I have enough food to make it to Echo Lake. I felt like something good had to happen today to continue onward.

I started hiking up toward tree line and then it hit me - a cold north wind with a really cold wind chill affect. I began getting colder and colder so I picked up the pace. This was tough to do at 10,500' but I had to get warmed up. Eventually I came across a group that had camped up here in a little wind protected nook and I ducked in. Out of the wind, I did warm up but eventually I had to go back out into the wind to continue up the trail. The trail stayed high and exposed for several more miles crossing the pacific crest at least 3 times. There was also one pesky and somewhat exposed snow patch to cross. Every time I was on the west side of the crest, I got really, really cold. This was not qualifying as "something good happening". Eventually, the trail started to descend to the pass but took an incredibly circuitous route to get there.

At the pass, there were 6 of us trying to hitch a ride to town. I had decided that if I could get a ride to Bridgeport, I would rest up and warm up and probably return to the trail. If I got a ride to Carson City, Reno, or someplace north, then I would probably end my hike and come home.

A young man and his dog stopped - he was going to South Tahoe - north. I accepted a ride with him and he dropped me off near the motel strip in Stateline, CA. I picked the motel but regretted it. It was not the best place. I turned down the bed to find one sheet. Eventually I got a second sheet but the people there thought that a mattress protector qualified as a sheet. Then they had to fix the heat in the room. I hope I don't come home with cooties from this place.

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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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