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

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jun 23rd, 2013
Start: mile 823.5
End: Muir pass
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 696.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 622
Journal Visits: 158,764
Guestbook Views: 9,810
Guestbook Entrys: 150

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Muir Moment

Twang goes the backpack
7 sitting on a rock
Muir sunset takes prize


Later start than usual but it's nice to take some relaxing time in the morning. We all sat around the campfire and had breakfast.

Made easy early miles as they were downhill. And then the climbing started. 11 miles uphill to Muir Pass. After the 7 of us found a rock to sit on at grouse meadow my backpack proceeded to break. Oh joy. More broken gear. The plastic piece that provides the tension in the webbing that holds my metal stays bent snapped. So now I can't arch the metal stays and the backpack sits directly on my back. Ouch!

As the skies started to cloud and darken, we had lunch next to the Kings river. Next was the final push towards Muir Pass (11,947 feet). 5 long miles through boulder fields, around alpine lakes and dodging snow melt runoff. Just after 6 pm, me and Paul Bunyan topped the summit and made our way to the stone hut. Inside we found Snickers and Cherub all setup to spend the night. Given that the wind was howling and the nearest campsites were miles away, it was an easy decision to stay in the warm hut built in honor of John Muir in the 1930's. Coincidence, Sweet Tooth and Hot Tub had already pushed on and when Outburst and 30 Pack arrived, they reluctantly decided to stay.

You're only suppose to stay at the hut in the event if an emergency but this has to be one of the highlights of the trip. We were graced with a top notch sunset. It could end up being the best of the trail. I stood and watched as long as I could bare due to the gusting cold wind. I sent its serene energy out into the world to all of you who were not there to see its beauty.

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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: www.pcta.org

 

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