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Joel "Blaze" Fisler
City: Currently live in Topanga, CA but my home is Zurich, Switzerland
Country: Switzerland
Begins: Mar 28, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Apr 4th, 2010
Start: Agua Caliente Campsite (near Warner Springs)
End: Tule Canyon Creek
Daily Distance: 23
Trip Distance: 78.0
Hours Hiked: 10
Entry Lat: 33.294395
Entry Lng: -116.640236

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Climibing up through Chaparral bushes in hot weather

Day 6: My first over-20-miles-day on the PCT

I slept pretty well that night, no animals or other hikers disturbed my sleep and so I started the morning relaxed, with a hot chocolate and took my time to get going. No need to hurry, I walked already in the first afternoon yesterday as much as I thought I would be hiking in one day. As soon as the sun came out I hit the trail and it was immediately sweating. Ascending between Chaparral vegetation I gained more and more nice views above Warner Springs valley. I finally reached Lost Valley Spring, which could be my last water for many miles since I had no idea if the water cache at Chihuahua road was reliable. I mean, what do you if in the PCT Water report it says "water but not much" or "not reliable, don't count on it"? Exactly! You don't count on it :-) At least that's what I do. So I took the time to cook a soup there and take an extended lunch break.

After Lost Valley Spring the PCT becomes more and more remote. Beautiful scenery in rugged terrain although you could see the scars from a older fire that must have gone through the region. I reached the Chihuahua Road right about when an Earthquake hit the region but strange enough I didn't feel a thing (and it would take me another day until I heard that there has been an earthquake since I never met someone). I read Mike Herrera's sign "PCT Hikers welcome, Zero Day OK, 1/4 Mile along the road" and since I knew that it was going to rain the next day I thought this might be a good place to spend a Zero Day. So I went to his house, filtered some water from the water tank and checked if someone was at home. Unfortunately no-one was there and feeling kind of like an intruder I didn't want to spend the night in someones backyard. Who knows if he comes back at night finding my sleeping there without asking permission first and getting all angry. It was only later that I read in the trail journals of both Freebird (who stayed there some days ago) and Sir Mix-A-Lot (who stayed there the following night) that it's actually ok to stay in one of the cabins. Too bad, next time I'll know :-)

Did I mention that a nasty cold and strong wind started blowing? So when I continued at around 5 pm to climb to Combs Peak it was not an option to actually camp up there because it would have "blown me away" (not the view, I mean literally :-) I had to continue on to find a secluded spot, which I didn't, although I hiked nearly all the way to Tule Springs. I had to use lots of stones to make sure my tarp was not blown away, the sandy underground made it very hard to pitch the tarp and the wind blowing unsteady from every direction as it seems, didn't make it easier. At least the weather was still clear, tons of stars were visible when I went in my noisy bed, at least I would have a dry night (so I thought).

GERMAN/DEUTSCH:

Mein zweiter Tag alleine war gezeichnet von schönstem sonnigen wolkenlosen Wetter und unberührter Wildnis. Landschaftlich sicher einer der spektakulärsten Tage bisher (siehe Fotos). Ich nahm mir Zeit am Morgen um gemütlich eine heisse Tasse Schokolade zu trinken, nahm mir Zeit am Mittag um an einer Quelle genug Wasse zu filtern und auch eine Suppe zu kochen und schaute einmal mehr einer Schlange zu wie sie noch etwas steif in die Büsche verschwand. Nach einem Tag in der Wildnis erreichte ich gegen Abend die unbefestigte Naturstrasse Chihuahua Road. Hier hat ein sogenannter Trail Angel sein Wochenendhaus und scheinbar gibts im Mai jeweils hier rauschende Hiker-Parties mit Grill&Alkohol an den Wochenenden. Da wär ich natürlich nur zu gern dabei gewesen. Doch ich war noch etwa einen Monat zu früh und so stand das Haus ganz verlassen und menschenleer da an diesem Sonntag Abend. Ich wusste damals noch nicht, dass ich trotzdem hätte dort schlafen können, dass eine Hütte immer offen ist für Hiker. Das las ich erst später in den Trail Journals von Freebird und Sir Mix-A-Lot. Da ich wusste, dass mich Morgen oder schon heute Nacht Regen erwartet, hätte ich gerne ein Dach über den Kopf gehabt. Aber ich traute mich nicht einfach in einem fremden Haus zu übernachten (auch nicht in dessen Garten).

So zog ich weiter, obwohl der Wind immer eisiger und stärker blies, wanderte einen Pass hinauf, der im Buch als "nice camping spot" beschrieben ist aber leider viel zu windig war an diesem Abend. Ich lief bis es fast dunkel war und spannte schliesslich meine Blache irgendwo an einem einigermassen flaschen Ort zwischen den Chaparral-Büschen auf. Der sandige Wüstenboden half nicht wirklich die Heringe fest zu verankern und so musste ich mit Steinen und Schnüren nachelfen. Die Blache konnte so zumindest nicht weggeblasen werden aber da der Wind unrelmässig stark von allen Seiten zu blasen schien flatterte mir das Teil immer um die Ohren und machte einen saukrach. Wenigstens sah man tausende von Sterne, das heisst, klare Nacht=schönes Wetter=kein Regen. Dachte ich zumindest...

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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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