PCT 2015 – week 10

9 July – day 65 – mi. 1110 – early hike to make miles – another 4 hr nap & lunch in the tent – screaming and laughing in a huge, loud storm – metallic crackling, ground shaking thunder, flashes inside – cold, wet, sleet, foggy afternoon, evening hike – views of Desolation Wilderness & Lake Tahoe – Half Time, Double Time, Mason Jar, Duffle, Walkie Talkie, Breeze, Boat – Lobo and ski lift camp above Squaw Valley – mi. 1141

Sleet and foggy ridge walk

10 July – day 66 – mi. 1141 – cloudy morning ridge walk – Pop Tart & Cheddah – parking lot Coke – BMW won’t give a hitch – great, outdoor youth guide hitch – pizza buffet – resupply – hwy patrolman hitch – letter from Lil – Nora virus strikes hikers – chill in Roberts motel – mi. 1156

 

A sunny break in the storms

 
11 July – day 67 – mi. 1156 – lots of friendly faces at Peter Grubb hut  – hut songbook – Herro – podcasts – evening second wind – band playing in town, heard on trail – hwy cowboy camp – 40 miles in 15 hours, new PR – mi. 1196

 

Early, foggy morning

 
12 July – day 68 – mi. 1196 – Sierra City – morning hitch – Middle on the front porch – Red Moose Inn hiker breakfast with Julio & Diogee – quick town in & out – free, hiker box resupply – RV breakfast magic – Zoolander, Boombox, Slob, Trout Sniffer, Sci fi, Nordic Travk , Songbird – Sierra Buttes – wine & cheese picnic with a view – mile 1200 – MTBs and motorcycles – dead tree camp – mi. 1222

 

Hikers eat here

 
13 July – day 69 – mi. 1222 – tired and nauseous – weedy, overgrown, exposed, post fire and logging terrain – West fork of Feather River, amazing swimming hole – dead limbs and thick growth – late hike – creek side camp – mi. 1251

 

Rednecks live here

 
14 July – day 70 – mi. 1251 – long climb continues – Bucks Summit – pull of the town goat – complete exhaustion – worst town food at Paradise Grill – town provides – teenage hippie hater – pit bull afraid of tent – Jody’s yard camp – good trail town, Quincy, CA – Platypus, Ciervo, 70%, Mosey – mi. 1265

 

Trail Angels!

 
15 July – day 71 – mi. 1265 – delicious breakfast burrito at Quincy Natural foods – Trina trail angel – trail reunions – steep, poison oak descent Belden – Belden burger coma – swimming – Bay Area, rich, Ferrari driving, yuppie  rave fest – steep ascent with blackberries, ugghh and yum – night hikers – campfire welcome – noisy deer camp – mi. 1291

Key Lime & Middle

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