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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: Mon, Jun 10th, 2013
Start: ridge camp mile 657
End: gully camp mile 689
Daily Distance: 32
Trip Distance: 527.9

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 655
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Guestbook Entrys: 150

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sunrise and desert

2 Bear

One aggressive bear
Thumping his paws on the ground
Blooming pink cacti

8am - 7 miles
1030am - 13 miles
330pm - 20 miles
5pm - 24 miles
8pm - 30 miles
930pm - 32 miles

Camped with a big crew but awoke early and was on trail by 530am. The sky went pink but missed a good picture because I was busy hiking and eating my honey bun. Later on, there was a sorta second sunrise as the sun rose above the clouds.

As I moved into a forested gully, there suddenly was this burst of noise. My first thought was hiker but then I knew it was a bear as I caught a glimpse of a dark object and then heard it over turning rocks in a dry creek bed. At mile 13 on the day, I and several other hikers encountered an aggressive juvenile bear hanging around a water source. He tried to approach us from all directions. We watched each others packs as one by one we went up and got water. When the bear got really close we would throw rocks to get him to back off.

The afternoon and miles slipped by and my mind slid into a long day dream. My goal was 30 miles but I wasn't attached to making it. The day was cool so I as able to hike through the afternoon heat. Just after 6pm I hit another spring and figured I could make another 4 miles before dark. I passed up some sweet camping spots at mile 28 but pushed on. When I arrived at 30 miles on the day, it was on a little ridge where the wind was ripping. At least 40-50 mph. I knew that I had to push on. But there were no convenient camp spots, especially for my 2 person tent. Eventually, I was able to tuck into a gully where the wind was not so extreme. There was just enough room for me to cowboy camp. After the sun had set, the crescent moon began to shine brightly along with the bright planet off to its right.

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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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