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

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Sep 24th, 2013
Start: mile 2498
End: mile 2519
Daily Distance: 21
Trip Distance: 2,241.5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 567
Journal Visits: 158,718
Guestbook Views: 9,810
Guestbook Entrys: 150

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passed 2500 mile mark

Building Character

Want to try the ultimate hiker challenge? Put wet clothes and shoes back on your warm, dry body. Pick a night that temps with be in the high 30's and get your clothes, socks and shoes nice and wet. Wring them out and then leave them sitting outside. In the morning, go out and put them on and then you may have some idea of my anguish.

We awoke to ice on our tents and snow not far above us in the trees. Last night, as I tried to get warm all I could think about was heading back to the trail head. I didn't even start to stir until 730 am. After I got out to go pee, Hannah said there was no way I was heading back. That this was my year. I said, ok, that's exactly what I need to hear. We all left camp about 930 am after the excruciating ordeal of putting on my wet clothes and shoes and packing up my wet tent. Atlas soon came by too.

We actually had about 15 minutes of morning sun in which I almost dried my tent. One minute sun, the next minute rain/hail. It snowed/hailed/rained off and on the rest of the day. Passed Double Sprainbow who was headed back to the trailhead and leaving the trail for good. As I climbed towards Red Pass, I started hiking in snow as snow fell from the sky. The higher I went, the deeper it got. Finally, I crested the pass just as the sky cleared enough for me to get a bit of a view. Cool!

Pushed on way too late as I headed down the mountain. As darkness fell, I managed to fall during a stream crossing. I was so pissed to get my shoes, socks and gloves soaking wet. I didn't go too much farther down the trail until I set up my tent right in the middle of the trail. I got in my sleeping bag for a few minutes to warm up and then I had to eat. I was starving. Had only eaten my morning snacks and nothing else all day. I laid in my bag and scarfed down food.

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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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