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City: Hood River
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 1, 2012
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Start: Just before Bishop Pass
End: Town of Bishop
Daily Distance: 11
Trip Distance: 109.6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,822
Journal Visits: 6,963
Guestbook Views: 1,036
Guestbook Entrys: 27

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Off the trail

Woke up in the middle of the night due to a nature call, and was amazed to see an incredibly clear sky filled with the Milky Way and trillions of stars. Thought about getting my camera out and taking a photo but then thought naaah, go back to bed. Woke again at 6am and was surprised to see the clouds had already moving in. Packed up and headed out uphill for four miles. At the top of Bishop Pass there were two fellows preparing to climb the mountain in front of us. Without ropes. I wished them the best of luck and continued my way over the pass and down the other side. Clouds were really rolling in. Met two women on the way down and one was the famous Donna Saufley from Hiker Heaven. Had a great discussion on tents. On down a very difficult trail with a steep dropoff. Many backpackers heading up to the pass, most with heavy packs. It was a gorgeous valley filled with lakes around every bend. Two pack horse teams passed me going up the trail. I was completely awed that those horses and mules could make those tight corners.

About 1/2 mile from the trailhead it started to hail. I thought, it's just a passing shower, it'll go away. Ha. Ha. Finally pulled out my rain jacket and continued to the trailhead in a drenching downpour. Thunder and lightning boomed and flashed above. A little shrieking going on from me. Ran to the bathroom where a fellow was standing against the wall trying uselessly to stay dry. He was waiting for his wife to pick him up. I asked him if I could catch a ride to Bishop with them. He wasn't sure when his wife would arrive. Meanwhile two men were walking to their car in the pouring rain so I ran over and asked (okay, I begged) if they were going to Bishop. They said yes and bundled me in the car, and delivered me to the hotel of my choice. I thanked them profusely. Checked in, showered, then headed across the street for Kentucky Fried Chicken. Three hours later I bought a pizza and ate that too. I'm finally full and ready for bed!

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PCT Section Hike - Tuolumne Meadows To Mt Whitney Portal

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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