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Fireweed - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2010

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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 24, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Sep 9th, 2010
Start: Fireweed Camp
End: Snowy Lakes Basin
Daily Distance: 15.5
Trip Distance: 1,018.8

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Meager Rain Shelter at Rainy Pass

Rain and more Rain But beautiful Country

It rained almost all day, but thank God it was not a downpour, clearing briefly at midday at Rainy Pass. We met some hikers getting let off from the Methow Valley shuttle. One had broken their wrist on the trail north of Rainy pass during a snowstorm a few days ago. Just the least little bit of sun really warms things up and changes the mood.

I mistakenly thought that the Bridge Creek trailhead was Rainy Pass until I queried a Forest Service employee about the location of the PCT to head north. The final insult was rushing across the highway being sprayed by huge log trucks roaring by.

We took refuge under the meager awning of a Forest Service sign kiosk at Rainy Pass for lunch, We also saw thru hiker JR who was trying to catch Hula Daddy and Rainbow Brite who had hitched to the Dinsmores with me from Stevens Pass a week before. I had hiked with Hula Daddy in 2009 when we both were diverted off the trail near Old Station in Northern California due to a large fire. We got a ride from Firefly to their trail angel hiker hangout in Old Station. I saw him again on the road to Trout Lake in southern Washington earlier in the month. He was finally completing the trail!!

The climb up to Cutthroat Pass was long for Kiltman with depressing news at the top from some mountain bikers about the weather being bad for a few days. (Yes--I know they are illegal).

The weather that was merely variable turned nasty by the time we climbed down to Snowy Lakes Basin. We set up the tent in the pouring rain. On the top of the ridge you could see the ominous sheet of precip approaching us up the glacial carved valley. I hotfooted it down to the more sheltered lower elevations, leaving Kiltman in the lurch. His hands turned cold and numb. I was glad I had my pile gloves. We had a comfortable enough night with the on and off rain. It was cold, and I was worried about snow. If there was snow on the ground in the morning we were going to go back to Rainy Pass. The ten year old two person tent I used to accommodate Kiltman and myself was not as rain proof as my one person tent with a full rainfly. The walls sweated and leaked. Luckily we had camp towels and also a "Sham-Wow" synthetic chamois to sop up the moisture. I lay awake all night hoping I could continue my trip. This day was truly the low point of the entire hike in Washington.

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Fireweed Finishes The PCT



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