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Mike Tillinghast - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2010

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Mike Tillinghast
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 5, 2010
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Apr 6th, 2010
Start: Campo
End: Lake Moreno

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 492
Journal Visits: 18,708
Guestbook Views: 916
Guestbook Entrys: 14

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A Rainy Beginning

April 6-7: Under way

Monday (4/6) Got a late start at the Border on Monday. Left the monument at 2:00 p.m.with very cold wind blowing rain in my face! Not at all how I pictured the start. Laurie and Tony paralleled me on the dirt road near the trail for a while, I think hesitating to leave me out there in the rain. Thanks again L & T for the ride to the border! I walked north through Campo, and into the desert hills northward, for the next 4 hours, and it rained for 3 of them; pleasant walk though - many plants blooming and little ravines with water running. Camped at 6:00 on a grassy spot amidst boulders, with a gorgeous view eastward. Slept like a stone.

Tuesday (4/7) Got a late start waiting for the frost to melt. Walked north through interesting rock formations (lots of decomposing granite) and thriving green chaparral, including poison oak. Met 3 day hikers headed south and 1 section hiker with his dog at Hauser Creek. Long hot climb out of Hauser canyon in the late afternoon sun. Got to Lake Moreno campground around 6pm. No other hikers around, but ran into Hiker Bill, who gave me (wrong) water information for the trail ahead. Very windy that night - ripped tent stakes out of the ground!

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