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City: Ambler
State: PA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 26, 2014
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Sun, Jun 22nd, 2014

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Mt Whitney

It is clear this will not be a journal again this year. I am very happy hiking most of the daylight hours. That leaves time for quick camp chores and less than 8 hours sleep a night. I have been hiking at a very similar pace to 2012 the whole trail. In the last week or so I feel that I have slowed down. It is difficult to compare a north bound pace with my current south bound hike. However, from Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite to Crabtree Meadows below Whitney was a couple hours less than a week in 2012 and an hour+ more than a week this year. Furthermore, my stop this year in Reds Meadows was 5+ hours shorter than going way off trail to VVR in 2012. So, my pace has been at least an hour a day slower this year. My start, stop, and break time has been very similar. I think I am wearing down and have only slowed down in the last couple weeks or so. My left knee needs a rest and both big toes have cracks at the base that are slightly sore. I am doing a lot of complaining, but this rest is really appreciated and probably needed. I made it over Mt Whitney today and got offered a ride to Lone Pine from near the summit. Anish the current record holder for an unassisted hike of the PCT passed me trying for a speed record on the John Muir trail. I stayed a the hostel in Lone Pine and will take the bus from LP to Bishop tomorrow. This will be the same bus I take to Reno on Tuesday. I will be at a family Reunion at the WI Dells and not back on the trail until 7/1. So, the next update is probably a couple weeks away.

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