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Jack and Barb
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Tue, Aug 23rd, 2011
Daily Distance: 30
Trip Distance: 1,888.7
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Aw, late start this morning, 7:15. Probably because I was camping in a deep, dark forest.
While I was breaking down camp, a large furry thing, maybe a weasel, maybe a ferret, came barreling through, chasing some other thing. It stopped dead in his tracks and looked at me for about a second then lit off back into the woods.
I was going to try to do 30 today but the late start would be of no help. Water was an issue today as well. At 11 am, I reached the beginning of a dry area. It was 16 miles to the next water source. Here is how I deal with this type of water issue.
I plan on 6 miles per liter so for 16 miles, I would need 3 liters. Then I figure about how long it will take me to hike that distance. At 3 mph, I can hike 16 miles in about 5 hours. It is 11 am now so, I can reach the next water at about 4 pm (make it 5, more realistic). If the miles are more than I can do in one day, I will need to stock up extra water for dinner. I tend to conserve my water when I am in a long dry area. As I get closer to the next source, I start sucking it down. I try to be near empty when I reach the water resupply.
Tonight I would be dry camping but I would restock on water before camp. There was water at a place called Six Horse Spring, mile 1878. The "spring" is more of a scummy pond and to get there, you have to follow a side path for a half mile, climb over a big downed tree, and drop about 200 vertical feet. But, it was water and the steripen is still doing it's job.
I pulled off the 30 today by hiking into the early evening and found a nice place to set up the tent, off the trail. I am a couple of miles from Windigo Pass. Tomorrow I must make a decision to take the Oregon Skyline Trail and hike 10 miles to Shelter Cove Resort or stay on the PCT and hike about 22. Seems like a no brainer to me.
A quick rant: Some people drop off gallon bottles of water in the woods. One I saw today had a note with it that said "Would the last hiker to finish off each bottle, please take it with him/her and dispose of it" I didn't take any of this water and if I had, I would leave a couple of teaspoons in the bottle so I wouldn't have to cart out the bottle. If you put plastic in the woods, I think you should be responsible for removing the empties. I just can't see a thru-hiker carting out the empties for you.
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