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Eldon - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2016

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Eldon
City: Pinon hills
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: May 25, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jun 16th, 2016
Start: Mile 652
End: Mile 661
Daily Distance: 9
Trip Distance: 320.5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 396
Journal Visits: 7,281
Guestbook Views: 103
Guestbook Entrys: 12

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Blown Off The Mountain

The day started uneventful but with increasing winds . By evening the winds were very strong . The only available campsites were in the saddle areas were the winds were especially strong . My thinking was to get on the leeward side of a mountain hoping the winds should be less . My plan worked initially and set up camp in a area with little vegetation and light winds . By 10:00 pm the unthinkable happened . I was getting violently tossed around in my tent and then the stakes gave way and the tent collapsed . I thought " OK I'm warm in my bag and nothing's going to happen " . Then the tent was slightly lifted and blown about five feet landing upside down , me being halfway ejected from the tent with my gear scattered everywhere . Dust and sand were pelting my face and I had a difficult time seeing anything . My clothing bag had blown about thirty feet down the hillside and I stumbled down in my socks to retrieve it . I quickly got dressed , stuffed my backpack and made my way back down the trail looking for relief from the wind . In about a mile I came to a forested area , found a flat spot and crawled into my bag . In the daylight I assessed the damage and saw that my tent was badly damaged . Decided to walk back to Walker Pass , have my wife pick me up , go home , repair the damage and return to the PCT this Saturday . Way to much drama !!!

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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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