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Graniteandterrapin - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2010

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City: Northampton
State: MA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 15, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Sep 9th, 2010
Start: Jeff Creek
End: Ollalie Lake
Daily Distance: 16
Trip Distance: 2,069.8

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 567
Journal Visits: 108,440
Guestbook Views: 2,237
Guestbook Entrys: 82

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Fire Closure

We left our soggy campsite and hiked through on and off fog and rain. I managed to take a wrong turn missing a sign on the side of the trail and instead following old PCT blazes carved in the trees. By the time I had regained the trail I wasn't sure whether Terrapin and Mountain Goat were ahead of me or behind but I kept hiking figuring at the detour we'd meet up. The detour itself was off a trail that extended well off our maps and it was at a multitrail junction that wasn't entirely clear. What was clear though was that this section of PCT is still closed and threats of fines or jail time remained posted. Not knowing where exactly Terrapin was I waited and worried in the cold rain. Finally some section hikers got to the junction and told me they'd been passed a ways back by two hikers who sounded like Terrapin and Mountain Goat so I took off down what I though was the Breitenbush trail detour. The trail was not really well maintaned or well marked but I moved as fast as I could hoping to catch Terrapin. Finally I caught up and both of us were relieved of a great deal of anxiety from having been unsure of the other's whereabouts. We continued down this long winding descent to a trail head parking lot where with another hiker, Swope and Goat we were shuttled around 12 mile of burnt out trail in a region where no feasable alternate route could be put together. The driver offered to drop us at Ollallie Lake were we might get a hot drink and some snacks at a small store before continuing on a three mile road walk to where the trail opens again. All of us in the shuttle felt terrible about this short break in what had been for each of us a continuous line of steps from the Mexican border. We actually convinced the young forest service driver to let us do a meager resupply at the store and then take us back to the trailhead where we would hike back up the detour and illicitly walk the closed trail. This plan was quickly changed when we arrived at Ollallie lake. We met up with cloudbuster, double check, and calorie who had all been transported there by some rather angry park rangers that had caught them several miles into the closure. They had been threatened with fines and we're still not sure why they weren't fined. So accepting the closure we settled in in front of the store with some soda and candy bars, about all that remained as the season for the resort ends in two days. While we started getting ready to leave a new plan emmerged. In last night's rain calorie and double check woke up in puddles of water under their tarp tents completely soaking their down sleeping bags. Doublecheck's was so bad you could ring water out of it. With the cold weather we've been having this is a life threatening situation. So the brothers planned to get a cabin here even though it's a little expensive. We were all told that we might consider all going in on a yurt with a propane heater at a cost of about $ 11 a person and given that everyone was wet and cold we all jumped on this idea. So after paying for the yurt we bought the few remaining bottles of wine at the store and walked to our three room yurt where seven of us spread out, cranked the heater, and propane lights and got the place up to a balmy 75 degrees. With gear hanging everywhere we all managed to dry out considerably and had a much needed warm, dry, festive evening. Granite Sent from my iPhone

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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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