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Jessetellez - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2012

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Jesse "OutLaw" Tellez
City: San Diego
State: CA
Begins: Jul 9, 2012
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jun 19th, 2012
Start: Warner Springs
End: Paradise Cafe

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 127
Journal Visits: 1,183
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the hot desert

It was about 3 weeks ago on a very hot day and I was planning on hiking about 30 miles that day to get to Paradise Cafe. I woke up at sunrise and headed North for about 5 miles and went to Trail Angel Mikes house to get some shade and to fill up my 2 water bottles and then I was off to hike. Well it got hot fast that day, with biting flies, no shade and my first water bottle was empty. While I was hiking along in the 100 plus weather I was hoping to see water and I didn't, everything that had water was empty and I was down to the last sip in my water bottle and I had another couple miles to Tule Springs. What I did to get there faster, I ran and it kinda helped I was a little closer, less biting flies and i had about a mile left to be at the water spot. The last mile was the worst I have ever felt before, I was very hot, very thirty and I stopped sweating. I was at the point to fill up my bottle with pee and drink it, but of course I didn't have to go. I was about 1/4 mile away and I had the feeling of not making it, so what I did next was I dug down a small hole in a creek bed and cooled off in the damp sand and that helped. I got up with motivation and hiked the last quarter mile to Tule Springs and I drank water (the greatest feeling) soaked myself and just took a nap. 3 hours later feeling good I headed back to the trail and hiked a few more miles and called it a night.

The next day and the last for this trip. Woke up early and hiked to the Oasis water cache and there I met two other hikers. I forgot the name of one guy but, I remember the other and his name is Raisins from New York. Really cool guy. Hang out at the water cache for a couple hours and then the hike continued to paradise Cafe. I enjoyed that day and I felt great. The last two trail miles I tightened up my pack and just ran all the way to the HWY. There was some water jugs and I had a few sips and the I hopped on the Highway and ran on the street as fast as I can to the Cafe. When I got their Raisins was there waiting until the next day for the Cafe to open. We talked about the trail and the flies and blisters. He had a couple bad blisters, because the socks he had started to wear out._for some reason I never wore my spare socks and they were new. I gave the new pair to him and I told him that these were for you and he was very thankful. I had the best feeling to do so and I hope those socks help his feet.

Thank you for reading and I will post again when I lea e for my flight to Canada and start my South Bound hike.

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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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