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Jack and Barb
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Tue, Jul 19th, 2011
Start: 1662 - Seiad Valley
Daily Distance: 12
Trip Distance: 1,237.2
Entry Visits: 1,237
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The Big Hill
Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo. Boo Boo and Julianne were heading back today. Their flight was on the 22nd and the earliest I could get off the trail, at Ashland would be in three days on the 21. So, there was no reason to hang anymore. We had a long embrace at the trail head and started up the "Big Hill"
People talk about this section of trail. Leaving Seiad, it can be very hot, even 100 degrees. And the trail is nothing but up for eight miles. It is 4,800 vertical feet of up.
Today, we were lucky. It was humid but not hot. Maybe in the 70's and overcast. But I was working up a sweat heading up the hill. The Poison Oak'Ometer was pushing a 6. And that's bad. There seemed to be poison oak everywhere!
You don't see many couples hiking the PCT. There have been alot lately though. Mark and Holly 10 days ago, and about a week ago I ran into Roo and Marmot heading southbound, then a couple going North out of Etna and today, another couple, MK and JD (also on postholer) who originally intended to do the PCT SoBo. Well, as you might imagine, they were having an especially tough time.
MK and JD were both wearing earbuds, listening to music. Hey, I have a tiny San Disk player. Why not? So, heading up the hill it was first song, Aerosmith, "Walk this Way". Before you knew it, I was over the hump. It would be 5,125 vertical feet today. The Kiwis wanted to stop early and take four days for this section. I was planning on three but stopped at 12 miles. It was early, it was nice. Didn't feel guilty either.
Camped near us was a group from the Student Conservation Association (theSCA.org). What a great opportunity! They sign up for something like six months. Go out and do trail maintenance, get a small stipend, free food and gear. And get points toward Americorps college tuition etc.
I saw Jessie and Tessa on the trail, whacking brush. They don't get any power tools, All done by hand. Later, Barb, Dunc and I trotted down to their campsite to Yogi some food and socalize. Their dinner was going to be served past our hiker bedtime so we talked a bit then bailed.
I was now on a mission to get to Ashland in two more days. I knew I would have two big days ahead. The Kiwis would be taking three and making Ashland their last stop on the PCT (Well, maybe.). This would be the last evening we would spend together on the trail.
Jack And Barb Take On The PCT
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