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Goldeneagle - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2016

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City: Vancouver
State: Washington
Country: US
Begins: May 9, 2016
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Wed, Jul 25th, 2018

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 133
Journal Visits: 7,225
Guestbook Views: 130
Guestbook Entrys: 10

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Foiled by Fire, Smoke and Heat

The drive to the trail head on Interstate 5 was going along smoothly until we could see the smoke rising over — Pass as we headed toward the city of Grants Pass. There are 130 + fires going in Southern Oregon, and with more thunder storms on the way this week, who knows how many more fires will start. As we continued the smoke was getting worst. But determined to get on the hike we finally arrived at the trail head at 11:52 AM.
In the smoked filled air I could feel the affects on my breathing from the start of the hike. Also the temperature was not agreeable to my body. I looked at the forecast before we left for the hike, it said the temperatures to be in the 100+ degrees for the week. I thought, starting the hike at an elevation of 4,500 feet would reduce the temperature some. Well the temperature at the city of Ashland as we passed through was 91 degrees and at the trail head was 86 degrees.
I knew my body does NOT like hiking in hot temperatures over 80 degrees. But what the hell, let’s see what happens.
After 3 miles into the hike my body and mind was rejecting the conditions I was putting it through. I told Kyle that I could not conceivably go any further. He agreed, that his body was not doing well but thought he would go on, but later after thinking about it, he would go out too. So we hiked back to the road to Little Hyatt Lake we had crossed earlier. Kyle called his wife and she said she would come back and pick us up. She had not gone far when Kyle had called her. So that was a good thing.
So now what do we do????
I’m sitting at home contemplating my next move.
There’s always another year, but that’s what I’ve said before because of health problems.
Maybe I’ll get it right some day, or at least reconsider my limitations. I’ve had to do that as I’ve gotten older when my body could not tolerate the twists, turns and flexibility of rock climbing. Also, that held true when I had to limit myself on some technical mountain climbing adventures. I’ve never liked adjusting my adventures because of being limited due to my age. One thing is true when going on my type of adventure is, you have to know and accept your limitations. To do other wise could put you in harms way weather you like it or not.
Golden Eagle

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