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Split & Two Step
City: Pleasanton
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 15, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jun 23rd, 2013
Start: Kennedy Meadows
End: Wolf Creek
Daily Distance: 22.5
Trip Distance: 1,041.0
Hours Hiked: 10.5
Daily Ascent: 4402
Daily Descent: 5654
Max Elevation: 10500

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Hiking with our friend Ron

Hiking with Ron, trail mile 1041.0, Day 70

Hiking with Ron, trail mile 1041.0, Day 70

The temperature in our big tent was 50F as we got dressed, probably 10 warmer than outside. We were treated by Loma to pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, hot tea, and orange juice for breakfast, a great treat. After breakfast I exchanged the hipbelts on our packs for a smaller size, as Two Step and I had both lost so much weight our belts were much too big. After heartfelt thank yous to Loma and Tony for making this a stop we will never forget, we said goodbye to them, and then Ron ran us back to the trail.

We started up the last mountain on the PCT that is taller than 10,000 feet at 8:30. Ron was going to walk for two hours with us to experience the PCT. Earlier this year Ron had gone on some training hikes with us, and at first he was simply unable to keep up with us either in speed or distance. But while we couldn't provide him much companionship, he has told us we did provide him with inspiration. Soon Ron was hiking every day, eventually working up to four hours a day. He lost weight and became quite fit, and joined other recreational hiking groups. Ron was now eager to hike a portion of the PCT with us and share our adventure. This was Ron's first time hiking at high altitudes, but he kept up with us step for step and even conversed with us as we climbed about 1000 feet up to the 10,500 foot summit. The two hours rushed by as we had vistas of snow covered mountains, green hills, and an ever more cloudy sky. When it came time for him to turn around, parting was hard, but we hugged, wished each other well on all our upcoming endeavors, and saw him walk back up the mountain.

Two Step and I continued to climb down the mountain, again traversing snow fields. We were concerned about the weather. A storm was coming, and it was unclear if it would arrive today, but the prediction was for rain for tomorrow and the next day. We decided to get as far as possible today, and walked fast, with only brief breaks for lunch and to eat Loma's delicious banana nut bread. The skies alternated between extremely overcast and partially sunny, with each overcast period bringing ten minutes of light rain - just enough to force us to put on rain gear. During one shower we crested a hill, the sun broke from the clouds behind us, and Two Step pointed out a rainbow in the valley below us. I was not quite certain where we were, but I knew it was somewhere over the rainbow.

By 7:00pm we had come 22.5 miles to the only designated camp spot in the area. Already present were Chief, Catywompus, and Iceman, and soon Baxter and Wildcat arrived. We were able to set our tent up and eat dinner without rain showers, but the prospects look dim for tomorrow.

From the PCT,
Split and Two Step

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Split And Two Step Northward Bound On The PCT

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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