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MikeD - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2013

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Mike Douglass
State: PA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 7, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Sep 19th, 2013
Start: 766.3
End: 745.3
Daily Distance: 21
Trip Distance: 1,054.4
Entry Lat: 36.426973
Entry Lng: -118.176292

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 463
Journal Visits: 42,702
Guestbook Views: 1,457
Guestbook Entrys: 30

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How can you walk in this sand?

A cold morning

This was the first morning my water bottles froze, but between them I was
able to get together enough water for coffee. I was fine in my sleeping
bag. Started on trail at first light (6:15).

Made 21 miles today, camped at Trail Pass. Dinner was Sardines in Louisiana
hot sauce on tortillas (I could make 3). Most excellent!

A 12 mile section of trail up to Cottonwood Pass was horrible. First, it
was all uphill and exposed. But the worst part was the soft, thick sand.
Hard to hike on, and there was lots and lots of sand in my shoes...I was
constantly emptying.

Saw a group of 5 "seniors" (guys and gals) who started at Horseshoe Meadows
going for Whitney. They had been on the trail 3 days, so they were doing 7
or 8 miles per day. They were all from the Northeast. I hope they make it!

Countdown odometer now has only 43 miles left! 2 days? We'll see...

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Mike's Epic PCT Journey

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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