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Kiwi
City: Wellington
Country: New Zealand
Begins: Apr 13, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Start: Lone Pine
End: Vermilion Valley Resort (VVR)
Trip Distance: 599.8
Entry Lat: 37.223356
Entry Lng: -119.045

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,223
Journal Visits: 96,006
Guestbook Views: 8,410
Guestbook Entrys: 184

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Kiwi and Doug's best buy

Hey we survived!

Well, here are the mountaineers, rock climbers, ice/snow traversers. These passes are pretty difficult. Over the last few days we have crossed the following passes:
Pinchot- 12,150 feet with a 3000ft climb up to it, Mather- 12,100ft with a 2000ft climb up, Muir 11,950ft with a 3950ft climb and Selden- 10,900 and a 2500ft climb. It is quite difficult to find your way with all the snow around and then difficult to transverse in the afternoon when the snow is soft. We do a lot of postholing(sinking down in the snow) and slipping and sliding so our hiking poles are very handy. All this makes for quite low miles.
I am writing from Vermillion Valley Resort (VVR) which is 1 1/2 miles off the PCT and a 20 minute boat ride. It has wonderful food and a great day for a rest day.
I have now completed 878.8 PCT miles over some of the most difficult parts of the trail. We will hit Mammoth Lakes in about 2 1/2 days after going over Silver Pass.
The little streams are raging torrents as the thaw is now in full swing. The stillness in the mountains is offset with the roaring of the raging torrents tumbling down the mountains.
Doug and I have now bought new shoes- Merrell Moab Ventilators which have stood the test of time and have not been changed for some years. They cost $ US 80 which is a great price. I have also purchased a Marmot Helium 15 sleeping bag as my Fairydown bag is losing its mojo. The zip keeps popping and I wake up in the middle of the night with a cold back!
I found out yesterday that a kiwi should not try to emulate a duck. I crossed Bear Creek and lost my footing just before the other side and ended up getting dunked. I only lost my hat and some sunscreen and of course, my dignity. So a lesson well learned in the art of crossing rivers. We are tired and will probably have a couple of days off in Mammoth.
We are hiking with Susan and David and Tim and Doug- all from NZ.
More in a couple of days.
Best wishes
Kiwi

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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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