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John McAlpine - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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John McAlpine
City: Seattle
State: Washington
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 1, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Start: Siskiyou Mountain range south of Ashland Oregon @ Callahan's.
End: Manning Provincial Park, BC, Canada

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I had planned on starting my solo hike August 1, 2011 from just south of Ashland, Oregon to the Canadian border. However, with the snow deciding to stick around I think I'll start 2 weeks later....around the 15th. I'm hoping to cover the 925 miles at 25 miles per day. All my resupply locations are listed under "Plan" and all my gear can be found under "Gear List". I'll hopefully be back to hike the PCT trail from Ashland south some other year.

I'll be taking the bus from Seattle to Ashland, from there I'll hitch 12-miles south along I-5 to Callahan's restaurant. Callahan's is a thru-hiker rest spot that has food, beds, showers, and laundry. I'll set up my tent in their backyard and leave from there in the morning. Chances are there'll be others leaving as well and I might be able to tag along with someone having already hiked 1750 miles from Campo. It would be educational to hear what they've learned over their last 3 months on the trail thru California and provide a smooth transition for me.

I want to thank Len Roughgarden for putting this hike on my list of 'must do'. He did the complete 2,600 mile hike in 2007 and reading his journal is what captured my interest.

I've been following the journals of two thru-hikers named Rhino and Dirtmonker. As of August 9 they have made it past Crater Lake. These two are flying...and the first to go thru Crater Lake. They started off at the Cal/Mex border in Campo and have been pushing 30 plus miles a day. They ran into snow approaching Crater Lake and they'll hit even more as they gain in elevation towards 7,500 feet...the highest in Oregon and Washington. Rhino says the snow is firm and with traction 25 plus miles is do-able. I'll have a pair of microspikes for this area.

I wish I was on that trail now. Only 6 more days and I'll be at Callahan's.

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Twenty Years From Now You'll Be More Disappointed By The Things You Didn't Do Than By The Ones You Did Do. (Mark Twain)

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:


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