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Kaye "Honeybee" Miller
City: Bellingham
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 15, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jun 29th, 2011
Trip Distance: 753.7

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,797
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Guestbook Entrys: 19

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Muir Pass

Well the storm that the ranger mentioned yesterday started last night instead of this afternoon. And it was a snowstorm, not a thunderstorm. We woke up to grey, cloudy skies and slush coming down. It didn;t look good in the direction we needed to head, so we decided to keep sleeping and re-assess at 7am. It was still bad at 7, so we all stayed in our tents and kept sleeping. To be honest, it was nice to get a little extra sleep in :). Finally at about 8:45 am it looked like the skies were clearing, so we set a 10am departure time. 4 hours later than our 6am plan, but at least teh storm didn't last all day.

I realized that today is day 10 out here. Crazy! It's been so incredibly beautiful, but also very challenging.

So Muir Pass wasn't as hard as the last couple, but wow was it cold. It was apparently 48 degrees, but felt so so so much colder with the wind! here was fresh powder on the ground asfter the strom, and the wind kept whipping it in our faces. Not pleasant. Even worse, the snow looked EXACTLY like powdered sugar, so all I could think about on the way up was french toast! We made it to the top at about 12:50, just in time fro lunch. We were so gald for the Muir Hut! We sat in there to get out of the wind while we ate. A few other hikers were in there as well...

We were on smow again for most of the day, except the last couple of miles. It always feels SO good to get back on the trail after being on the snow for so long!

We had another campfire today. Tried to dry out the socks and shoes... I don't think I'll get my socks dry until VVR. 2.5 more days and we'll be there! Saw some deer and marmots today.


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A PCT Adventure

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: www.pcta.org

 

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