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Lionheart - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2013

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Lion Heart
City: Ukiah
State: CA
Begins: Apr 25, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, May 5th, 2013
Start: camp at mile 157
End: creek at mile 177
Daily Distance: 22
Trip Distance: 180.4

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Wind Brain

Unrelenting wind
Oh body, oh please, go go
Rocky peaks and trail

The trail kicked my ass today. Slow start due to cold, windy weather. And then after 1 mile I had to go 2 miles round trip off trail to get water. My left leg was really killing me which made for slow miles. No specific pain, just general. You know, trail life.

Lots of climbing today. Up, up and up. Tough trail, rocky and heavily overgrown. And the wind. The wind was so intense. As we traversed Apache Peak, the clouds were ripping across the pass. 30 mph or faster. The trail was a narrow tread along a steep hill a lot of the way. One wrong step and you'd likely fall to your death. The wind beat on me all day as I huffed and puffed my way up above 8000 ft. Hours of winding in between one rocky outcrop after another. It's tough to find a balance. It's sweaty climbing these mountains but the wind freezes you instantly.

I arrived at the small creek and my camp for the night absolutely frozen. All I could focus on was getting warm and trying to bring my body temp back up. I laid out my bed gear and got in my sleeping bag. I ate some dinner, and then laid down while listening to other hiker chatter.

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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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