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Jack and Barb
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Sun, Aug 28th, 2011
Start: mile 2003
End: mile 2022
Daily Distance: 19
Trip Distance: 2,006.7
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Back on the trail with Boo Boo
Had a big breakfast and JnK drove us back up near BLYC to the trail. It is Boo Boo and Tequila Jack, back on the trail again! Wooo-Hooo
Barb hasn't hiked much since Mammoth. She was up visiting us in Etna for a bit and that was really the last time she hiked. It was slackpacking and I believe she did a 14 miler one day. This would be much harder - full pack and more miles.
I set up this segment to Timberline Lodge, 107 miles to take five days. We would have to hike about 21 - 22 miles per day. Seemed like Barb could handle that.
On this day, we started at 10:30 am. It was a nice day, the trail was clean. We could see Three Fingered Jack ahead of us. Crossing highway 20 near Santiam Pass was a rush. There was a lot of traffic, going very fast. I saw a break and said "Run, Now!" With our heavy packs on we scurried across the highway like a couple of those hyperactive chipmunks.
We met a SoBo section hiker named Ed. He knew the area very well and suggested that we try to make it to Rock Pile Lake. Good water, good camping. Rock Pile was at mile 2022. That would be 19 for the day. Could Boo Boo do 19? We would see.
We saw another trail maintenance team. They were the SCA people and I recognized a couple of them. Last saw them when I was with the Kiwis, just south of Ashland and interesting side story, one of the guys, Sterling was also at Lake Morena on day one of our hike doing trail maintenance so I have run into him three times now. Today, the team was putting up erosion barriers and doing a good job of it too. Thanks again SCA (student conservation Association).
Looking South from a ridge top, we spotted a fire that had just started. It was just East of Big Lake and on the Eastern side of Mt. Washington. Barb called 911 and they connected her with the Deschutes FD. They knew about it already but thanked her for calling.
We travelled through a big burn zone and then, back in the green forest, arrived at Rock Pile Lake at 6:30. That is early by my standards. Barb did a wonderful job hiking for her first day. We found a very nice campsite right by the lake. The mosquitos weren't too bad (3 on the meter) and the lake was warm enough for a quick dip.
I forgot about how roomy this two person tent is. Well, I will be carrying it all the way to Canada now as my brother Joe took the one man and will be shipping it home. I think having a two man tent will be fun. I can put all my stuff inside and pack everything up without going outside. Especially good in the rain. It weighs about 1 and a half pounds more than my BA Fly Creek UL-1. I can handle that.
We climbed 3,174 today. That is a respectable amount of vertical. Barb held the pace and did exceptionally well considering she was off trail for so long. Later, I gave her some planning options. She chose the most agressive one. It was again, banking time on the "marathon" and she knew it. We were at 2022. If we did 25's each day, we could cut a lot of time off the schedule and have a very nice short last day. If not, well, we could still shoot for the 20 mile days. You have to make these plans when you are a ways out otherwise a shorter plan will not provide as much leeway.
Tomorrow, the 29th, we would attempt to hike from 22 to 47. (25 miles)
On the 30th, from 47 to 72 (25 miles)
The 31st, 2072 to 2097 (25 miles)
And finally, on the last day, we would only have to do 10 miles (97 - 107).
Barb had a reso for a room at Government Camp on Sept. 2nd. It now looks like we will be in on the first so a double zero is in my future.
Jack And Barb Take On The PCT
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