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Ron & Julie "Snowplow & Rubber Legs" Cluster
Begins: Apr 12, 2009
Date: Mon, Jun 22nd, 2009
Start: Nelson Creek
End: 1.5 miles south of Chimney Rock - 5933 ft
Daily Distance: 12.8
Trip Distance: 579.4
Hours Hiked: 5.5
Daily Ascent: 2622
Daily Descent: 2591
Min Elevation: 5812
Max Elevation: 7017
Entry Lat: 39.77906
Entry Lng: -120.93988
Min Temp: 38
Max Temp: 78
People Met: 1
Entry Visits: 670
Journal Visits: 94,729
Guestbook Views: 34,232
Guestbook Entrys: 123
Unplanned exit to Quincy
We didn't get as far today as we had hoped. I had a (hopefully) little medical issue that prevented me from hiking further.
We started out at 7:30am with very good trail. Still some blow downs to get over or around but no snow fields. There were a couple of snowfields that came down right to the trail, and the trail crossed above a really large steep patch that started just below the ridge we were on.
More nice views of the surrounding area, and we had lunch on another high butte covered with wild flowers. The view was great. Later in the day we got our first views of snow covered Mt Lassen far to the north.
Somewhere around the 11.5 mile mark I get a severe abdominal cramp. Enough to make me drop my pack as fast as I could and lay down. Rockstar is still hiking with us and, of course she stays with us to help if she can. After about 20 minutes the pain started easing off and then went away. Weird. We hadn't been working hard and it isn't a very warm day. I've been drinking plenty of water, including some electrolyte drink. Normal bowel movement this morning. I drink a little water and it seems to be fine. We shift a little weight from my pack to Julie's and we start out again. We have about 5 miles to water and our planned camp site.
I take it slow, hoping to make it the full distance, but about a mile later the pain comes back. I have to stop again and lay down for a while. The pain is worse this time but after 30 minutes or so it eases again. This time it doesn't go away completely and when we get up to give it another try it comes right back again. The pain is always in the same spot, left side of the abdomen a little towards the front and about midway between the hip bone and the bottom of the rib cage. It's severe enough to give me the cold sweats and it makes me feel a little nauseous.
This time it's severe enough that I have Julie write down our GPS location and I am just about ready to have her call Search & Rescue. Believe me, there's nothing more difficult for a SAR guy to do than to call in a SAR on himself. Just then, it starts to get better and then it goes away again. OK, I'm going to go dig a hole and see if I can make something happen. No luck. We decide to camp here for the night. I walk over to the camp spot and help Julie get our tent set up. Rockstar takes our empty water bottles and walks down to get water for us and her. There is water closer to us than where we had planned to camp but it is over a half mile off trail so we weren't going to use it. I continue to feel fine laying in the tent and composing this entry. Rockstar gets back with the water and sets up her tent near ours. We are really glad she is here in case this turns serious, but we are concerned that she will not make it to Belden in time to catch her ride to Quincy.
It's been a couple of hours now since the last episode and I still feel ok, even a little hungry so I think I will try eating something and see how that goes.
OK, it's now a couple hours after eating and I still feel ok. Will add an update in the morning before we leave camp.
AM update: one recurrence at 12:30am that lasted an hour or more, then ok the rest of the night. Ate a meal bar and drank water at 7:00am and still feel ok 15 minutes later. We can backtrack 4 miles to a road and then walk or get a ride 22 miles to Quincy or we can go forward 30 miles to a road and do the same. We are going to backtrack to the Quincy-LaPorte Rd and head down to Quincy. From there I have no idea what the next step will be.
Animal sitings: frog, chipmunk.
Ron & Julie On The PCT - 2009
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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