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City: Hood River
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 28, 2014
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Aug 18th, 2014
Start: Richardson Lake
End: Dry Camping on High Ridge
Daily Distance: 12
Trip Distance: 208.4

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 358
Journal Visits: 9,120
Guestbook Views: 400
Guestbook Entrys: 9

Pacific Crest Trail Map

Dry Camping on High Ridge

So last night I was sleeping away and was awoken by a 'skritch, skritch, skritch' against the tent siding. I slapped the side of the tent and whatever it was scurried away. Fell back to sleep but was woken twice more by the same sound. Turned on the headlamp and hunted around the inside and found a bag of freeze-dried apples that must have fell out of my Ursack (food bag). I moved it away from the edge, wrapped it in extra plastic and moved to the middle of the tent. No more visits from the hungry little mouse the rest of the night.

After reviewing the maps once more with Richard, we decided that there was not going to be much water available during the day's hike. Richard asked us if it was okay to give one's self a trail name. We said sure, why not, so with our blessing, Richard is now known as 'Gas Passer'. It's not what you think it might mean - he is a nurse anesthetist, someone who gives and controls the gas during surgeries. We thought it was a very cool trail name! Off we went, in anticipation of meeting up with Dave who was bringing us Subway sandwiches for lunch at Barkers Pass. As we were heading up the trail, lo and behold, a shirtless studly young fellow was coming down the trail with a partially filled water jug. Gals, you know the type, the sexy guys on the front of the romance novels. Ooh La La. That is the trail name I have given him even though he will never know. The seven miles went very quickly and sure enough there was Dave and Bella partway down the trail talking with Gas Passer. We wolfed down our sandwiches, handed off garbage and dirty clothing no longer needed, kissed the hubby goodbye, and headed up the trail. We were also surprised how many day hikers were on the trail here. We came around a corner and met back up with Gas Passer at a gorgeous view of Lake Tahoe. Took a few pics and kept going. Arrived at a potential campsite with flowing water but it was too early for Jingle Bell and me to stop for the day. Because there was so little water on the trail, we cameled up, filtered water for our big water bags (64 oz each), and hiked on to dry camp about 3 miles further down the trail. Gas Passer decided to stay at the first campsite. Whew, the extra water was quite heavy especially since we had a big uphill switchback to tackle. Finally made the top and found a great campsite. Dry camping isn't too bad if you are prepared for it. Had a fabulous sunset and took pictures.

Critter sightings: deer, chipmunks, dogs, butterflies

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PCT Section Hike - Reds Meadows To Donner Pass

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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