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Jack and Barb
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Daily Distance: 30
Trip Distance: 2,139.7
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The lowest part of the PCT is here at Cascade Locks, some 200 feet above sea level. Going from south to north you drop into the Columbia River Gorge to cross the river on an interesting bridge called the Bridge of the Gods, then you climb back up.
My next resupply is at Trout Lake, 83 miles up trail. That would be 83 divided by 3, or 28 miles per day average. It seems weak to do this in 4 days so I would plan to do it in 3. It is a segment that is not meant to do fast because there is a lot of altitude gain, it's a tough one. But 3 days is the plan. I would attempt to do two long days and bank miles so I could cruise in the third day.
I could see I would be climbing today but didn't add the numbers because I didn't want to know.
One thing I do look at on the altitude profile is the altitude gain for 2 mile segments, see the picture. If I am climbing 200, 300 or 400 feet per segment, I don't even think about it; At 500 - 800 its a climb; 800 - 1000, okay its getting tough; and finally, over a thousand vertical feet per two mile interval, - suck down a liter of malto it's going to be a climb.
I was crossing the bridge at first light about 6:15 am today, there is no pedestrian lane and not much of a shoulder, there were 2 cars that I had to dodge by going to the opposite side of the bridge.
The bridge has small grating so don't be messing with anything small - if you drop it, it may fall into the Columbia below.
I passed by two hunters by a truck, they weren't friendly (CYOF) (Chose your Own Friends). It got me to thinking - tomorrow opens bow hunting season, I should have picked up one of the orange construction cones to wear as a hat though the hunting area!
By 3pm I had done 18 miles, 20 would have been better but considering the climb I was happy with 18.
Twenty miles in at 2,174 there is an excellent camp site with a wonderful pool of water, I would have camped here but I had 10 more miles to go.
It was a hot day too, I was sucking down the water. About 20 minutes from the water source I ran out of water, remember this grasshopper - fortunately I realized early on that I had to conserve water and rationed.
It was 8 pm when I reached camp, Mad Hatter was there with two others. I had hiked 30 and climbed 6,926' with a heavy pack. Truly amazing, 2 miles in the bank!
Jack And Barb Take On The PCT
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