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Rob "El Hefe" Widmer
City: Portland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 28, 2019
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Aug 16th, 2019

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 124
Journal Visits: 16,384
Guestbook Views: 544
Guestbook Entrys: 45

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Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass

I left my good friend Jeff at Stevens Pass and set out with Dan and Sandee (Happy Bear and Lupine). This section has the reputation as being one of the most demanding with its serious ascents and descents. At 108 miles to Stehekin it is also a long section meaning more days of food/fuel/etc. In all my years of hiking, mostly in Oregon, I have only encountered one bear. On this section I saw three and HB and L saw two more including one that might be a grizzly. HB’s picture of the ‘griz’ received a lot of attention and debate at the ranger station in Stehekin. I was happy to see these bears at a safe distance and during the day and not in camp at night! My hiking partners are strong hikers and like to go a bit faster and a bit further than my usual pace. All I can say is ‘whew’! The Glacier Peak Wilderness was really spectacular. Fantastic and expansive vistas! The area reminded me of the Timbeline Trail in Oregon but on a much larger scale. We took a ‘nero’ in Stehekin and experienced the hiker shuttle and famous bakery. Thor, a young Dane left the bakery with 8 huge cinnamon rolls which represented most of his food supply for the next few days. Awesome! Stehekin is only assessable by foot or water and has a unique feel to it. I’m definitely coming back here with Barb. Our visit was damaged by an unfortunate incident. We camped at the free hiker camp by the ranger station. On check-in we were asked to keep our food and anything with a fragrance in the bear locker by the station. In the morning it was discovered that someone had rummaged through the bear locker and taken many items. HB and L lost all of their snacks for the upcoming section. Another person lost all their dinners and another a bag of bagels. We tried to come up with an explanation but in the end it seems that it was probably another hiker. It was really discouraging. I’m now taking a zero with Barb in Winthrop while HB and L are at a family gathering. Tomorrow we tackle the final 60 miles to the border!

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2019 PCT

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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