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Jackrabbit and Photo
City: Vancouver
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 1, 2012
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Sep 26th, 2012
Start: Steve and Teri's house
End: Reno Airport
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 570.6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,413
Journal Visits: 15,213
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Guestbook Entrys: 15

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Sept 26, Wednesday: Day 1 after hiking

The return home is exciting and sad at the same time. I can't wait to see my beloved ladies at home, (even my Mom is coming in tomorrow), yet sad that this long planned trip is done. We travelled through a huge swath of wilderness these past few weeks and saw an immensity of different ecosystems. I am more glad than sad that we didn't see any ursine friends. As much I would like to fantasize that the encounter would result in a peaceful and understanding meeting of the eyes where we would then go on our separate ways, but the reality is that someone, bear or human, may get hurt. After carrying the heavy lug of a bear canister for more than 300 miles, at least a bear could have batted it around and smelled it a little bit, even jingling the bear bell would have been good.
We ended up traveling about 315 PCT miles from Kennedy Meadows to Sonora Pass, with an extra brutal 36 miles going
up Mt. Whitney and then crossing over Kearsarge Pass twice in a day to resupply at Onion Valley Trailhead. I feel like this trip has put me in great physical condition as I've never worked this hard at high elevation before. Hopefully the stair master at the gym will seem a little easier! It certainly won't have the same feeling of chugging up a pristine hill in the Sierras.

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Paul (Photo), Pierre (Jackrabbit) And Betsy's PCT Journal

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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