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Lorenmauch - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2021

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Loren "Butter Fingers" Mauch
City: Riverbank
State: CA
Country: United States
Begins: May 4, 2021
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Jun 19th, 2021
Start: Crabtree Meadows
Entry Lat: 36.563862
Entry Lng: -118.349289

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 230
Journal Visits: 1,229
Guestbook Views: 4
Guestbook Entrys: 0

Journal Plan

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Show Me The Mountains

CA Section G: Walker Pass to Crabtree Meadow - 114 miles

I arrived at Walker Pass a day ahead of schedule which allowed Eva and I to have almost three days together. We wont see each other again for over a month so the extra day together was a blessing. Eventually it was time to get back on trail so after lunch together, Eva dropped me off at Walker Pass with a Subway sandwich, chips, candy bar and a quart size ziplock with strawberries and ice to keep everything cold. I only hiked 6 miles before choosing a campsite and after setting up my tent, I ate like a king as I watched the sunset. I choose this campsite, because it was sheltered from the wind, but I could still hear the wind howling all night. With less than 50 miles to Kennedy Meadows, at mile 702, the unofficial end of the desert I was getting anxious to enter the Sierra Mountains. The final three days in the desert were hot and dry, but I was used to it by now.

I arrived in Kennedy Meadows right on schedule and retrieved my resupply box, including a bear canister and micro spikes for snow. The extra weight is offset by the fact that I will no longer need to carry as much water. After charging my phone and backup battery, and eating as much as possible, I left the small store and restaurant and headed north two miles to a car campground at the end of the meadow. I seemed out of place with my tiny tent and no vehicle and a few campers stopped by to ask if I was one of those PCT hikers. They checked out my gear and congratulated me on what seemed an unbelievable goal.

The Sierras are BEAUTIFUL and one of the highlights was on day foursummiting Mt Whitney. It was a perfect morning and the views were spectacular! There is a logbook on the summit, and above my entry I noticed in the comment section that a couple got engaged on the summit. One comment reads she said yes and the next comment was just engaged. I was lucky to meet the couple the following day on the climb of Forester Pass.

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