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Mike Quillin
City: Walnut Creek
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 22, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Aug 8th, 2018
Start: Truckee, CA (near the Boreal Ski Area and I-80)
End: Castle Crags, Castella, CA
Trip Distance: 54.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 315
Journal Visits: 11,765
Guestbook Views: 596
Guestbook Entrys: 56

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Pacific Crest Trail Map

Time for another LASH (long-ass section hike)

It is time to bite off another chunk of the PCT. This section will be approximately 350 miles and roughly 18 days if I average around 20 miles per day. The objective is to finish where I started the last section, near Castle Crags where the PCT crosses I-5. This route will take me through Lassen National Park and by the southernmost of the Cascades, Mt. Lassen, and is one of the hottest and driest sections of the PCT. I've been advised by my "PCT sensei" Mike B that it would be a good idea to take along an umbrella for sun protection, and I've spent some time this morning working on a way to lash it to my backpack such that it is hands-free. This section, along with the 650 miles I completed in June/July between Castle Crags and the Bridge of the Gods at the Columbia River, and the roughly 240 miles I completed in the SoCal desert before it kicked my ass, will bring me to roughly half of the 2660 total miles of the PCT. My objective will then be to complete the remaining sections - generally everything from I-10, between Palm Springs and Cabazon, CA, to Truckee (roughly 800 miles) and then Washington State (roughly 500 miles) during 2019. As I lamented in earlier posts, whereas this is not necessarily consistent with my original plan to complete the entire PCT as a thru-hike in 2018, it will allow me to finish the trail on terms that are more in keeping with my physical condition and my need to not be away from my family for so long. the latter has been a real epiphany for me. Notwithstanding the physical issues, I originally thought it would be no big deal to be away from home for 5-6 months, but it didn't take long for me to understand that being away from so many things that matter to me on a daily basis was a much bigger deal than I could have imagined. The reality is that PCT thru-hiking is for the most part a young person's game. Most of the wonderful folks I met on the trail were young people between milestones in life (before college, before jobs, etc.), or couples spending the adventure of a lifetime together, or just trail bums who will likely spend their lives on one trail or another. All that is good, and certainly enviable in many ways, but that is not me. So, the result is that I will not do a traditional thru-hike of the PCT, but God willing I will finish it and will have a fine story to tell all the same. Stay tuned. I will probably do blog entries from my resupply points at Belden and Burney Falls, CA, and other locations subject to cell and/or internet connectivity. Wish me luck!

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