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Jgar15 - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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Jeff "Legend" Garmire
City: Corvallis
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: May 12, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Sep 7th, 2011
Daily Distance: 22
Trip Distance: 2,634.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 556
Journal Visits: 44,550
Guestbook Views: 655
Guestbook Entrys: 10

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hiking through a giant meadow

Day 118 on the verge

Today was one of my favorite on the trail. Even with his extremely sore feet, my dad and I made it through 22 miles. This puts us right on the doorstep of Canada and on the cusp of finishing the trail. With 20 miles tomorrow I will be on the Canadian border and be officially done with the trail. Today we started around 730 in the morning from the bottom of glacier pass. We made a short climb to the pass and then began the 2800 foot climb to the top of the ridge. It was an endless amount of switchbacks, but the views were amazing of the needles and the golden horn. Once at the top we began the second phase of our day made up of mostly ridge walking. Through harts pass, jims pass and a couple others. We walked through amazing meadows full of wildflowers, ridges with patchy snow, and dense forest. The variation was incredible. Just past Harts pass a guy walked by us, out of breath and a bit scared saying he had seen a grizzly. I highly doubt it, but it's possible. Either way we continued to talk during the section and did not let it phase us. To conclude the day we walked around the devils backbone and down into a small valley. The last mile of rocky downhill trail seemed to do a number on my dad's feet. Even so we made it to shaw creek where we camped and made some blue cheese puff potatoes. They were great and I made some extra mashed potatoes to satisfy my hunger. In the 20 miles tomorrow we will have only a couple small climbs, including the last one of the whole trail up to over 7000 feet and from there it is a 7 mile gradual downhill to the Canadian border! On a side note my dad earned his trail name (at least for this year). He is the terminator because he is here to get me to the terminus and make sure I terminate the trail.

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Just Walk

Its only 2,700 miles. Its only 14,256,000 feet. That s only 4,752,000 steps. So whats the big deal? Ill see you in Canada in 4 months! Also check out for more picture


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