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Bruce "Bookworm" Edwards
City: Takoma Park
State: Maryland
Begins: Apr 21, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Aug 5th, 2012
Start: Echo Summit
End: 3 miles south of Ebbetts Pass
Daily Distance: 28.5
Trip Distance: 2,688.5

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Wrapping up Loose Ends

I finally returned to the PCT on August 1, 2012 to complete the remaining 28.5 miles that I was unable to do in 2011. I started from Echo Summit in mid-afternoon and headed south. Made it as far as Showers Lake (8 miles) the first night.

The next day, August 2, was a gorgeous day with nice scenery. I passed through the Upper Truckee valley, where I had nice views of Lake Tahoe, and on south through Carson Pass, around the shoulder of Elephants Back, over the Forestdale Divide, and along the spine of the ridges above Blue Lake. Camped at a lovely trailside spot shortly after the outlet of Tamarack Lake.

The next day, August 3, was another gorgeous and memorable day. Shortly before lunch I reached a stream about 1 mile east of the Wet Meadow Reservoir. This was the place where I got snowed in on the last day of my 2011 trek, although the terrain looked so much different than I remembered that I wasn't sure of this for several miles more. Once I was certain I had passed the critical point, I sat down for a late lunch and brought out a small container of wine to celebrate the auspicious occasion. A few miles further I met a familiar face coming the other way - it was Thomas Fisher, an amazing trail angel whom I had met 5 or 6 times during my PCT through hike. He was attempting to do a complete thru hike of his own. Camped for the night a few miles south of Ebbetts Pass.

The next day, August 4, I turned around and started retracing my steps back towards Echo Summit. It was another beautiful day, and I felt my spirits and energy level soar. I pushed fairly hard and was able to cover 22 miles by day's end. Camped on top of a ridge overlooking Blue Lake, and watched the sun set over the mountains beyond the lake.

The next day, August 5, I continued on past The Nipple and Elephants Back to Carson Pass. I stopped here for a break and met Thomas once again. We ended up chatting for close to an hour before I finally pressed on. Made it to a campsite a few miles before Echo Summit. Thomas showed up at the campsite just before dark, and we enjoyed another long chat over dinner.

The following day, August 6, I walked back to Echo Summit where I had parked my rental car. Gave Thomas a ride into town and helped him resupply. Thomas had helped me in so many ways last year, so it felt really good to be able to return the favor. Drove him back to the trail in the afternoon, as he wanted to press on without taking a day off.

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Bruce Edwards

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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