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Dustin "Traveling Dusty Roads" Stensland
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 29, 2017
Date: Fri, Sep 8th, 2017
Start: Mile 2412 Campsite
End: Mile 2437 Campsite
Daily Distance: 25
Trip Distance: 2,216.0
Hours Hiked: 12
Min Temp: 60
Max Temp: 80
Entry Visits: 699
Journal Visits: 49,839
Guestbook Views: 373
Guestbook Entrys: 10
Day 132. 2600' up, 2400' down, 2600'up again
I have a feeling the theme of going up and down constantly is going to continue until the northern terminus. Both because I'm told this is what the cascades is like and because of the sharp jutting valleys we're passing through every day. It may sound like a lot of gruesome hiking but the elevation has been sloping gradually enough to where it isn't as strenuous as it may sound. The only drawback to going uphill all day is that my shirt is drenched with sweat within 20 minutes and it isn't the most pleasant of feelings.
I took an early break to grab more water at 10am with Fireball, Kevin and the rest of that crew. We had a short but good conversation and we all continued on our way. I talked football a decent amount with Fireball who is from Texas and has high hopes for his Dallas Cowboys as much as I have hope for my Minnesota Vikings. I hope that I get to watch the Vikings play against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night as I may still be at Stevens Pass. I still hate those cheating bastards who won by trying to hurt opposing players. The only reason the NFL allowed them to cheat at the time is because of hurricane Katrina and the hope that the hometown team would win a championship for the city of dying hopes. If history follows suit again the Houston Texans will be a favorite of the refs to win more games with dirty plays in the hopes of a heart warming story.
Getting back on topic, I took a very good lunch next to a small river and ate over 1500 calories. A much more caloric lunch than normal, and also had a 1700 calorie dinner. At least I'm eating very well in the last two states of the PCT so hopefully I won't look like a skeleton when I get back home to Minnesota. The last climb of the day was a little more strenuous than the first, but still not overwhelming. Plenty of that blame had to do with me carrying 2.75 litters of water uphill as I had fresh, clean and cold river water that I wanted to utilize. Since I don't filter or purify most of the water I drink I haul as much great water that I come across as possible.
Famous and I walked together for the last 4ish miles and found our way into camp a little before 7pm. We quickly set up camp near Your Honor and ate. After we all finished our dinners we played a hand of Hearts and decided to play more tomorrow during lunch when the cold of the night wasn't creeping in. We all found our way into our sleeping bags and called for another 7:30am start time.
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