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Begins: Apr 25, 2013
Date: Mon, Sep 30th, 2013
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 2,322.5
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Pacific Crest Trail Map
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Spent 1.5 hours uploading journals and pictures due to pretty lousy cell connection. After a shower and packing up all my scattered gear, I went out to find the final piece of my town gear, The cotton t-shirt.
Yesterday, I was slowly moving towards the decision of not joining the group for the last 60 miles. My no-thyroid-body which runs on the cold side anyway, simply can't handle this cold weather. At Rainy Pass, with an elevation of only about 4900 ft. the highs have been in the mid 30's. And hiking the pct would involve going over 7000 ft. passes at least 4 times with a high ridge section too. Aside from the temp concern, then there's the issue of hiking through all the snow that has fallen plus the challenge of route finding. To hike through the snow I would need some different gear and I really didn't feel like spending the money for so few miles. Plus, I have all the stuff at home.
My next plan involves my 2009 trail bud Canadoug. It was our plan to meet at Manning Park but due to my weather delay, he arrived here in Winthrop today instead. I hope that we can head to Manning Park and then I will try to hike from there to the monument. We've been hanging out all afternoon and reminiscing. Fun times.
The rest of the crew here is planning to depart early tomorrow morning from rainy pass. They've geared up and want to give it a try. They have a good plan in place and I feel confident that they will make good decisions.
Fun Size popped the big question to his girlfriend Laura today (who just arrived from Portland). Congrats you two!
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