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Charlie "Tahoma 29" Hyde
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 22, 2010
Date: Sun, Oct 3rd, 2010
Start: campsite before Tatie Peak
End: .2 fr north junction old trail
Daily Distance: 24
Trip Distance: 2,470.8
Hours Hiked: 11
Entry Visits: 1,853
Journal Visits: 66,619
Guestbook Views: 7,856
Guestbook Entrys: 109
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My goal for the day was to get within fairly easy striking distance of
the border for a 1:00 pm meeting with Nicola and/or Charlie. If the
weather continues to be nice I'm hoping they might rendezvous with me.
If not we'll meet at Manning Park Lodge.
Got off to a 7:00 am start which is about as early as I can do with
the dark mornings. After 5 1/2 miles I got to Harts Pass and was just
in time to get some fabulous trail magic from Dan of Bellingham along
with Hooker and Jack Rabbit whom I just met. Dan's son, Peter, Pyro,
read us jokes from a Gross Jokes book, one of which was, "Why do farts
stink?" "So the dead can enjoy them too." which didn't make a lot of
sense at the time until all the cheese from the eggs, from the apples
and cheese and from my later lunch of salami and cheese kicked in and
gave me 7 hours of upset stomach and nasty jet propulsion all the way
over Rock Pass and most of the way to Woody Pass. I don't have such
violent reactions at home that I know of...
Then late this afternoon another tears to the eyes spiritual
experience. The Sherpa believe that dead climbers are
reincarnated as Gorak, giant ravens in the mountains, hence the name
Gorak Shep, 'place of dead ravens', and the last village in the Khumbu
Valley on the way to Everest.
Today I was visited by a Gorak, a bear, clouds, and a sun silhouetted
mountain. Pretty cool.
And I'm camped tonight, my last night, at 6100 ft under the shadow of
beautiful Powder Mountain. What could be more appropriate for a
lifetime powder hound like myself?
Tomorrow a little more than 12 to the border and another 8 to Manning
and then home sweet home for the first time in over 5 months to sleep
in my own bed on my birthday. Back with my kids and Zorro. Nothing
could be better.
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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