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City: Oakland
State: California
Begins: May 1, 2022
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, May 17th, 2022
Start: 342, 3200 feet
End: 357.8, 6600 feet
Daily Distance: 16
Trip Distance: 359.0

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Looong train stopped me

Day 20

Im laying in a tentsite that is slightly off trail, and enclosed by shrubbery. Its a fairly flat site, with a really beautiful view of Mount Baldy- really the best you can hope for. Im cowboy camping again, sticking to my aversion to setting up my tent unless I really need to. It would be hard to go back to setting up my tent each night. I am eating two bananas for dinner, that I packed out from the convenience store in Cajon- my appetite continues to go down as the day wears on.

This morning, I woke up at the inn at 6:00, and slowly did chores until we left around 9:30. My plan was to take it easy, since I had pushed it really hard the last three days. The motel room was a very good call and I was able to recover quite a bit- from 3:00 the day prior to 9:30 the next morning I was just relaxing. I massaged my muscles this morning. The next twenty miles rose in elevation over 6k feet, topping out at 8500 feet at the water source. I didnt want to do that much climbing today, to let my body recover and to hopefully help miso, spicy, and birthday boy catch up. Also, I was worried that sleeping that high up would be cold. I was thinking I would dry camp at maybe 10 or 15 miles into the climb, which would leave me a few thousand feet lower.

Fortunately, today was much more temperate than the last two days. It was really pleasant hiking weather. A few miles in, there was a water cache. I got five liters, since the next source was 17 miles away (at the spot 20 miles in and 8500 feet). My pack was very heavy, since I was already carrying over five days food. Regardless, the climb was actually really pretty- tons of beautiful sweeping mountain views. Really pretty plant life too- red grasses, yellow blossoms and so forth.

I packed out several burritos from the Del Taco, and ate those as my morning and afternoon snacks (they were small burritos)

At around 7:00, I got to this campsite about 16 miles in, and after 3400 feet of climbing. I feel physically not too worn out, which was my goal. I ended up carrying way too much water- I have almost three liters left, and Im only 6 miles away from the campground with water. Ill probably skip that source (it requires a walk down a steep embankment) and hit the one after. It will be cold in the morning so I cant see drinking much water. Because it was slightly cold today, I drank so much less than expected! Im starting to learn how much water I need based on the temperature, but I will likely err on the conservative side until Im more certain.

Its funny, Keeper said he learns something new every day. I realized I do too- Im constantly fine tuning my hiking style, or gear, or chores. Its really interesting. I wonder what it will be like a month from now with all that I am constantly changing.

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Katy's PCT Adventure

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:


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