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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: Mon, Jun 7th, 2010
Start: Passed Penrod Canyon
End: Apache Peak
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 282.0
Entry Lat: 33.72773
Entry Lng: -116.631675

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Small peak meadow before heading down to Fobes Saddle

Day 21: A day of climbing to Apache Peak

Got up early to gain some height before the heat came. At around 9am I was at Cedars spring and right after 11am at Fobes Saddle where I took a nice three hour break, cooking, catching up sleep in my hammock and waiting for the sun to lower a bit. On my way to Fobes Saddle I found a fancy watch, then trash, then a bandana, then more trash. I picked up everything and somewhere on the trail met a man searching something. "We camped he and I lost my watch!", "Is it a black one?", "Yes!". So I gave him back his watch and the Bandana, which was also him, but was afraid to ask if he also lost Trash :-) But I don't think so, they didn't look like non responsible people, plus some bottles looked older. Anyway, that couple where the only people I saw on the trail.

There was some water left at the Fobes cache but I just took what I needed to get to Apache Peak spring. There the water is still flowing and so I filtered water. I wanted to sleep there but it was a bit too early and also too windy. So I continued some more miles, found two perfect trees in a non-windy spot and with views all the way down to Palm Springs and the desert. Pretty amazing, I have to revise my statement from yesterday, tonights camping spot is the best I had so far!

So here I am in my hammock, tons of stars above me, thousands of lights from Palm Springs below me and writing trail journals on my iPad. A bit surreal :-) But the ATT signal seems to have no problem to get all the way up here.

Tomorrow I think I will go up to Mount San Jacinto. And then I have to decide, Fuller Ridge or not? I heard there is still 8 feet of snow and now with the high temperature it might be all soft and wet. No more easy to walk on hard snow.I might sink in knee deep or deeper or even worse, the snow might start sliding down? Do avalanches happen here? Is it more then 30 degrees inclination at Fuller Ridge? Then again, wet snow avalanches can occur already with a lot less then 30 degrees. I remember one ski tour in spring in Switzerland where a colleague and I did a decent in a secluded valley and my colleague was a bit reluctant to pass because he said the snow might already be too warm to be stable. I said, don't worry, its not steep enough for an avalanche, we passed without problems, went up the mountain again, did the same decent again after lunch and our tracks were hidden by at least 10 small wet snow spring-avalanches. The wet and heavy ones, where the snow is hard like cement, where you have no chance of digging yourself out, and even if your colleagues can localize you with a Barryvox they might not be able to dig you out. So I got scared and still am and thus will have to decide on Fuller Ridge tomorrow or the day after tomorrow what to do. Taking the tramway is alway an option, I am not fond of descents from nearly 11000 feet to about 1000 feet, at least not without a bike or skis :-) Any up-to-date information or tips by locals are most welcome!


Heute Morgen war ich schon um vier Uhr wach weil ich nicht mehr schlafen konnte und stand schlussendlich bei Tagesanbruch auf. Ein paar Stunden ohne Sonne laufen, der Hitze entfliehen bzw. noch Höhenmet machen bevor die Sonne zu fest runterbrennt. So war ich um 11 Uhr schon auf 2500m und gönnte mir eine dreistündige Mittagspause um Wasser zu filtern, zu kochen und den verpassten Schlaf nachzuholen.

Dann noch ein paar Stunden weiter und liege ich in der Hängematte und habe erneut einen grandiosen Übernachtungsplatz: Von fast 3000m blicke ich runter auf das Lichtermeer von Palm Springs, 2500m unter mir gelegen. Und oberhalb viele Sterne die ich nur deshalb nicht sehe weil mein iPad so hell ist :-) Aber ich schalte es grad aus, sobald diese Eintrag fertiggeschrieben ist. Erstaunlich, dass das Signal bis hier rauf reicht!

Was mich ein bisschen stresst ist, dass ich hier ganz alleine bin. Alle PCT Hikers sind längst hier durch und sind im Hiker Heaven oder in Tehachapi oder schon auf dem Mt. Whitney! Einsamkeit kann auch schön sein aber weil ich nicht alles an einem Stück gemacht habe bin ich mehrheitlich alleine gewesen, bis auf den Abschnitt bei Agua Dulce. Und langsam reichts mir auch. Wenn ich hier fünf Tage lang, am Donnerstag gehe ich zurück, keine Menschenseele sehe, dann ist das schon eher zu einsam finde ich. Aber wir werden sehen... Fortsetzung folgt, zum schreiben habe ich ja mehr als genug Zeit, wenn nur die Batterie hält :-)

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