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City: Atlanta
State: Georgia
Begins: May 21, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jun 29th, 2011
Start: Cascade Creek -999.9
End: Sonora Pass - 1018.5
Daily Distance: 18.6
Trip Distance: 1,018.5
Hours Hiked: 11
Entry Lat: 38.31170739
Entry Lng: -119.74583138

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Leaving My Mark

Day 40 - Winter Storm? at Sonora Pass

Yesterday the weather was looking ominous and last night and today it delivered on it. Shortly after going to bed it started thunderstorming. My less than ideal tarp set kept the rain at bay but by morning it had turned to ice, sleet, snow and everything in between. I stayed huddled in my bivy until about 7:30 when it looked to be turning to light snow. So I packed up, with half of my pack weight being rain and snow and started off.

First came the Cascade Creek crossing. What had been a minor stream yesterday turned into a full fledged stream crossing. I was now wet from waist down. The snow picked up and turned very wet, now the rest of me was soaked through. I thought about setting my tarp back up and just hunkering down but decided that hiking would be more effective at generating body heat.

As I moved within 10 miles of Sonora Pass you go above treeline. With the clouds, falling snow and fresh blanket of snow on the ground it all blended together into gray. I lost my depth perception and actually had trouble with balance, something I've never had happen. As I got closer to Sonora Pass the snow depth was about a foot of fresh powder and up to knee deep on some sections. It was incrediblly hard to slog through that depth for miles. Another difficulty was that the fresh anow layer slid off the old snow making some of the traverses interesting. I was also a bit worried about avalanches but finally figured if my time was up than so be it.

One cool thing was looking back and seeing a mile of my solo footprints in the snow. I hope the hikers behind me get some benefit of me breaking the trail.

Sonora Pass is a notorious as a tough place to hitch And the road had been closed for most of the day. There wasn't a single car in the first ten minutes but as luck would have it I was picked up by the first car and dropped off at the Kennedy Meadows Resort in Sonora. When I picked up my resupply I asked if they had any rooms. None. But there was another hiker eating dinner with a man who offered up one of the five beds in his bunkhouse. Talk about trail magic.

I will be taking another zero tomorrow. My feet are pretty messed up, I can't even move some of my toes. I just need to keep my feet dry for a couple of days, stop wearing my microspikes and keep snow from getting packed in the mesh of my shoes. Basically I need a break from the snow. That won't be possible but a day off will be.

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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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