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

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Aug 13th, 2012
Start: Le Conte Canyon
End: Just before Bishop Pass
Daily Distance: 7
Trip Distance: 98.6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 454
Journal Visits: 7,041
Guestbook Views: 1,036
Guestbook Entrys: 27

Pacific Crest Trail Map

Bishop Pass

It rained last night and everything was pretty damp. Thank you Bob for loaning me your red parachute rope. It really came in handy as a clothesline. I was able to hang just about everything, tent included, and have it all dried out in about 1.5 hours.

I've totally have lost track of Tom and his boys. I know they were caught in that bad thunderstorm and don't think they made it over Muir Pass yesterday. Clouds were gathering again this morning and I hope they were able to get over that pass before the whole shebang happened again.

My plan was to hike to Deer Meadow, about 13 miles, in preparation to get over Mather Pass (12,100 ft). Three miles from camp this morning my left calf suddenly cramped up. I hobbled over to the creek, filled up the water bottles, gulped one down, and added NUUN to the other one and drank that down too. I know I didn't drink enough yesterday but it was too cold to drink and I didn't want to have make a pit stop on Muir Pass. Ate half a PocketFuel and a energy bar to get more sodium in my system. Cramp went away and never bothered me again. But with having my feet soaked all day yesterday and my shoes still pretty wet, new hot spots started. Plus my knee didn't like the downhill running so that decided to puff up a bit. So a few more miles down the trail, I was putting tape on the hot spots and two young college students stopped to visit. I had run into them yesterday on our run down Muir Pass. They were holed up in their tent during the storm. They said they were hiking over Bishop Pass and going to Bishop to buy some proper storm gear because what they had wasn't working. In an instant decision I asked if I could tag along, that my trip in the Sierras was now complete. The next seven days were only going to get harder and I was totally beat. The Sierras chewed me up and spit me out. The final nail in the coffin was a quick visit to the ranger station who said these monsoonal thunderstorms were to continue at least through Wednesday. I had an incredible time, met some great people, and saw some amazing scenery (including three deer today).

So now I sit in my tent four miles (uphill) from Bishop Pass. Then it is a six mile downhill to the trailhead. Then we have to find a ride to the town of Bishop where I'll check into a hotel for the night and catch the bus up to Mammoth Lakes in the morning to my car and then do the two day drive home. I look forward to seeing my family and friends and sharing my adventures and photos.

I'll still add at least a few more journals - I'm sure something exciting will happen tomorrow!

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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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