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Date: Tue, Apr 30th, 2013
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Today was all about resupplying and getting ready to head out of town ASAP.
I resupplied at the local grocery store ate lunch and was being dropped off at the trailhead by 2pm. A little later then I anticipated but beggars can't be choosie.
I had a big day ahead of me...I needed to climb up Mt Baden Powell (in the afternoon heat), summit it and then hike another 11 miles to the only water source in the area (Jimmy Spring) before dark.
Let me tell you that's a big todo list friends. Summiting Baden Powell was so awesome! Doing it with a pack that was heavy because of a recent town resupply wasn't.
The trees up there Bristle Cone Pines are unreal and some of them are estimated to be over 1500 years old!!!
Walking around in that high country (above 9000') along spine like ridges was amazing...I really felt like I was doing some legit stuff up there that no one else has :-).
I rolled into Jimmy Spring campground 5 minutes before I needed my headlamp...perfect timing!
What wasn't perfect was the wind. It's started gusting what I would estimate to be around 40-60 mph...which means little to no sleep me. It's just impossible to fall or stay asleep when the wind sounds like freight trains rolling overhead all night long...not to mention what it does to my tent. I really despise the wind and always have!
I lay here tonight proud of myself for what I have accomished today...this hike is all what I hoped my 2011 hiked could have been and then some. I'm still at it alone though...I really want someone out here to share these things with that is simpatico with me. Also while I'm ordering the perfect hiking partner I would like to specify that they need to have short legs and a small stride like I do so we can hike at the same pace...I'm tired of chasing people around the woods! I guess a guy just can't have it all...or can he...:-).
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