PCT 2015 – Week 16

20 Aug – Day 107 – Portland rest day – Screen Door soul food – Salt & Straw – Stumptown roasters – crash with Wizard & Brooke – loving Portland

Good food and friends turn a day around

21 Aug – Day 108 – mi. 2144 – perfect morning coffee drinking weather – don’t want to leave – ride back to trail – cool start with Leopardsauce – salmon hatchery – bike path – blackberries – Cascade Locks – smoked salmon magic – huge brunch for hiker hunger – Starfish, Desert Hang, Puzzler, Nomad, Eli, Corey, Hoots – Bridge of the Gods & strong feelings crossing to WA – Washington, 4th state of the PCT – Columbia River Gorge –  yellow jacket sting attack – moss, ferns and lush forest – Mt Adams, Hood & St. Helens – old fire ring camp – mi. 2164

Crossing Bridge of Gods and into Washington

22 Aug – Day 109 – mi. 2164 – camped so close to others and didn’t even know it – smokey day – hot smokey taste and feel in the air – Panther Creek lunch and nap – long, long climb – no views – tall, tall trees – fire closure commotion begins – circle up the tents – Reliable spring camp – mile 2191

Lush forest

23 Aug – Day 110 – mi. 2191 – morning trail magic vortex – trail devils – Masshole and Rob – coffee, eggs, bacon, potatoes, pancakes, beer, curry, frisbee and hacky sack – stuffed, slow walking – the game of Murder begins – Blue Lake swim -Fir & Hemlock forest – BW and LS are soul playmates – parking lot crest – Legend and mom, Nutella, Johnny Walker & Puzzler – pink striped sunset – Twin Buttes Road camp – mile 2212

First trail magicin WA

24 Aug – Day 111 – mi. 2212 – dew soaked bag in the morning – “Trail’s closed! Hike is over!” – commotion over the closures grows – road walk – broken honda hitch with Nomad – Trout Lake – Station Cafe – everyone appears exhausted – Trout Lake Abbey, the tide of the trail changes – fancy mac dinner – gifted fresh veggies, a Buddhist tradition – alpacas, gardens, orchards, retreat, peaceful dwellings, Ty Kozen – mile 2226

“Trail’s closed!”

25 Aug – Day 112 – awake in peace and chilled morning air – morning meditation service – quietened minds and team bonding – simple breakfast with retreat visitors – long walks are a service and inspiration to others – meditation and prayer farewell from Ty –  “May you be happy, May you be well, May you know love, May you know peace.”  party of a road walk: frisbee, songs, lots of laughing, games (Murder and Code) – trail magic from Sletty Betty and Duck – Pizza wishes come true – more yellow jacket stings – one of the best days of the trail – return to the PCT camp in woods – mile 2251

Mt. Adams from Trout Lake Abbey

26 Aug – Day 113 – mi,. 2251 – great sleep – Thai instant coffee – raining ash, hot air and smoke fill the sky – Sheep Lake lunch and swim – Goat Rocks Wilderness – Sierra quality views – Team viewing of the sunset – nighttime viewing of wildfires around Mt. Adams – Chicory wins Murder – lost Nomad – Split boulder camp – mile 2273

A renewed Team Gnar Gnar

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PCT 2015 – Week 15

13 Aug – Day 100 –  mi. 1981 – hangovers – Sparrow Bakery – feel like we are being banished to the lava fields – sharp, treacherous tread – Carnival night at Big Lake Youth Camp: pizza, cookies, pretzels and kids – sickness among the team – awesome camp director – comet with a long tail – great stars and great sleep – Jukebox, Rabbit, Sky Pilot & Canyon – pond camp – mi. 1997

Trail to Big Lake Youth Camp

14 Aug – Day 101 – mi. 1997 – 2000 mile mark! – awake to a light mist falling – start with a trail magic Mountain Dew – low visibility at Santiam Pass – parking lot toilet! – Northwest weather – foggy, misty, chilly, damp day – sun shirt is soaked through and worthless, wool is the way – practice in layering systems – clouds and mist roll over ridges as we traverse – burned trees from old wildfire – Mordor-esque views – curious and suspicious hikers – Russell Creek crossing in the dark – Clawhammer, Bear snack, Julien – Russell Creek camp – mile 2030

I just walked 2000 miles!

15 Aug – Day 102 – mi. 2030 – Jefferson Park – view of Mt. Jefferson – clouds and morning dew – break for coffee – surprise to see Pretzel and Roadrunner – Olallie Lake resort – powerlines and clear cuts – wildfire mushroom cloud – hiker name game and the Stick game – night hike – forest snuggle camp – hallucination of Leaopardsauce hiking by in the night? –  Nomad – mile 2067

Jefferson Park

16 Aug – Day 103 – mi. 2067 – exhausted – visit from Brooke – Leopardsauce lives and did a 24 hour 60 miler! – Ice Axe, again! -view of Mt. Hood – Government Camp, OR – AT caretakers and trail angels  – song sharing and relaxing – Mazama Lodge – mile 2084

Mt. Hood

17 Aug – Day 104 – mi. 2084 – cozy slow coffee morning in the lodge – the Mazama Lodge is the perfect place to relax – breakfast with Brooke – hiking with Leopardsauce – Timberline Lodge – delicious, free food – muddy, glacial runoff – Sandy River crossing – more of Mt. Hood -night climb – passing sleeping campers, Key Lime, in the dark –  Dirty, Clawhammer, Bearsnack, Frosty Cheeks, Ice Axe, Julien at the lodge – picnic table, powerline, road camp – mile 2112

 

Timberline Lodge

 
18 Aug – Day 105 – mi. 2112 – Chill Hard Tribe – climbs & ridges – hacky sack – Eagle Creek alternate – Tunnel Falls – weekenders & day hikers – swimming holes – Mikey &  Wendy from TorC – Chicory’s moms – Searge – Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile – emotionless, possibly zombie Frank Sinatra impersonator – old people “happy” hour, appears dead – diner – blunt, funny, Chinese hostess – Portland, OR – hotel camp – mile 2144

 

Tunnel Falls

 
19 Aug – Day 106 – “rest” day – no trail miles – Portland, OR – food and gear re-supply – food trucks, gear shops and downtown – maps are hard to find – slow and frustrating public transportation – WinCo Foods – all night grocery shopping and urban hiking with 3 weeks worth of food! – resigned to eat at the diner again, 😦 – late night organize Washington resupply boxes – rough day – sleep please!

City bathing

PCT – Week 14

Aug. 6 – Day 93 – mi. 1819 – leep in and huge breakfast – Crater Lake alternate – tourist shock – slack pack – crewed by the Barratz – midday coffee break – Crater Lake! – Watchman tower – Chill Hard Tribe – parking lot feast – early camp at Grouse Hill Camp – mile 1837

 

Crater Lake

 
Aug. 7 – Day 94 – mi. 1837 – 3 months on trail – 11 hrs of sleep – duffy, sandy tread through forest – Mt. thielsen summit – stoked – steep scree gravel scrapes – more forest fires – bare honesty – spilled beans – the Inquisitor, Recon, Lonestar – OR/WA high point camp – mi. 1858

View from Mt. Thielsen

Aug. 8 – Day 95 – mi. 1858 – heavy dew and cold morning – hot coffee before others rise – sore quads but feeling good – lost gnar gnars – Oregon Skyline alternate – horse woman cold beer magic – picnic table, water, garbage can and toilet = heaven – Recovery tip: Eat more, sleep more, walk less! – Over Easy, Sweet Tango, Bush Tit & Tom Tit – Whitefish horse camp – mi. 1876 (+10 alt mi. )

 

Mossy woods

 
Aug. 9 – Day 96 – OST alt. – morning walk & chat with BW & Sneezl to pass the miles – Shelter Cove – Alpaca found – proud of my resupply box – 8 hr break: coffee, food, cold drinks, swim, yoga, hiker party – chocolate poems – German impersonation of a Texas accent! – welcome sight of glowing cabin lights – Maiden Peak ski hut – mi. 1912

Ladies man, Recon, D’lux at Shelter Cove resort

Aug. 10 – Day 97 – mi. 1912 – casual, cozy morning – some smoke – burned areas and lakes – Three Sisters Wilderness! – lush forest, lakes & ponds everywhere, boulders, birds, bear sighting and wild feeling –  Horseshoe Lake camp – mi. 1941

 

Flowers after a fire

 
Aug. 11 – Day 98 – mi. 1941 – quick miles to brunch at Elk Lake resort – sweet potato & pineapple burrito, coffee and good music – tubing on the lake – afternoon showers – crisp meadows and forest – sediment from runoff filled stream – mountain views – section in the Top 5 favorites of the trail – Avo & Nola – Hinton Creek camp – mi. 1964

 

Playing on tubes in Elk Lake

 
Aug. 12 – Day 99 – mi. 1964 – sleepless super windy night blowing down tents – Obsidian Cliffs – expansive lava fields – trail runner – town food and parks – frisbee in a tree and river – new shoes , Pearl Izumi N2s (pair 3) -birthday celebration with lots of beer – Mikey, Cabrita – Bend, OR – Rainbow Motel – mi. 1981

Lava fields before McKenzie Pass

PCT 2015 – Week 13

30 July – Day 86 – mi. 1664 – Oregon border – reflections on California and 1700 miles – sunset beauty – 1st OR camp – mi. 1691

 

California/Oregon border

    
31 July – Day 87 – mi. 1691 – wake up, choked with smoke and glowing hazy sunrise – exhausted from breathing smoke and lots of miles – Callahan’s lodge – Ponte – Chicory’s birthday! – Ashland, OR hostel – mi. 1716

 

First Oregon sunrise

 
1 Aug – Day 88 – no miles – rest day in Ashland – excited to resupply with good food from natural food store – top chefs Middle and Ciervo make coconut, pineapple roast – late night with hiking friends – Swing Tree brewery – hostel again

 

Short and shoe twins

 
2 Aug – Day 89 – mi. 1716 –  leftovers for breakfast – left town at noon – road walk – well executed  rest day – picked up a stove and pot – bye to Hundo – Highwater leaves to let fracture heal – late night road walk to cabin at Hyatt lake resort (thanks Middle) – hot tub, movies, ice cream sandwiches and bed – Hummingbird, KC, Teflon, Over Easy, Ladies Man, D’lux – Hyatt lake resort cabin – mi. 1740

 

Road walk out of Callahan’s

 
3 Aug – Day 90 – mi. 1740 –  lazy morning in the cabin with coffee – smoke filtered red glowing sunset – orange volcanic pumice stone covered trail winding through gray black boulder flows and evergreen forest – black mountain hut – southbounders – feeling tired and stiff – sore top of left ankle again – lava field camp – mi. 1766

 

Trail Grafitti

 
4 Aug – Day 91 – mi. 1766 – first coffee with new stove – bandana filter – Fish Lake Cafe – town food temptation is strong, I’m weak – Winedock – Fish Lake breakfast – low food = feeling blue – bored and kind of bummed on hike for a bit – food helped boost spirits – long dry stretches – volcanic talus fields and ridges – smokey views – talus radiating heat at night – treacherous night descent – invigorating night hike – crowded water camp – mi. 1797

 

Winedock hitching to breakfast

 
5 Aug – Day 92 – mi. 1797 – mile 1800! –  fresh, cool, early morning – fresh huckleberries thanks to Marty McFly – very tired and sleepy, can’t find energy to go faster – blisters are relentless – scrubby forest – expensive Mazama Village – resupply – the Barratz’! – pizza feast – view of lots of forest fires and smoke from the rim – Diamond Lake cabin – mi. 1818

Mile marker 1800

PCT 2015 – Week 12

23 July – Day 79 – mile 1479 – Castella, CA – Mt. Shasta City motel – mile 1498

 

Smokey Castle Crags


 
24 July – Day 80 – mile 1498 –  Mt. Shasta view camp – mile 1517 

 

Cowboy camp with a view


 
25 July – Day 81 – mile 1517 – seasonal spring camp – mile 1553

 

Sunrise and Mt. Shasta

 
26 July – Day 82 – mile 1553 – Tarp Tent village camp – mile 1588

 

Evening in the Russian Wilderness

 
27 July – Day 83 – mile 1588 – Etna, CA – Cub Spring camp – mile 1605

 

B&B and the Hiker Hut

 
 Edit28 July – Day 84 – mile 1605 – new PR, 42 miles – Grider Creek camp – mile 1647

 

Middle & Ciervo crushing big miles

 
29 July – Day 85 – mile 1647 – Kangaroo Spring camp – mile 1664

Highwater accepts the pancake challenge, and fails

PCT 2015 – Week 11

16 July – Day 72 – mi. 1291 – PUT YOUR FIRE DEAD OUT! – Mom hooks up a resupply through Backpacking Solutions – mile 1300 – gastrointestinal distress – Half way marker! – evening second wind – spooking deer – nocturnal boa snake – army crawl under and over downfall – late night in auto hike mode to highway – saved by Pops – hiker party at firefighter Sean’s house – loving, excited reunion with Team Gnar Gnar – late night with food, drink & friends – tired and happy – massive enchilada cowboy camp – Team Gnar Gnar, Hundo Daily, Roadrunner, K, Momma Goose, Ciervo, Chef, – Chester, CA – mile 1329
 

Hiker party

 
17 July – Day 73 – mile 1329 – trail angel pancake breakfast – second breakfast – Chester Rotary Club trail magic cookout – Boiling Springs – hike out with Middle, Key Lime, Roadrunner – late night hot springs soak and wine – rain – Drakespad – mile 1348 

  

Boiling Springs

 
   

18 July – Day 74 – mile 1348 – woke up to rain – breakfast hook up at Drakespad, delicious coffee and quiche – lake lunch and swim – The Chill Faction – soft, duffy trail in a burned forest with Mt. Lassen in the distance – unreported water sources – traveling through parallel worlds – town rush – thru hiking balance – RV campground shock – Old Station forest camp – mile 1371 

 

Burned forest

 
19 July – Day 75 – mile 1371 – breakfast at JJ’s – views of Shasta and Lassen – Hat Creek Rim – plantar fasciitis – Cache 22 exists – most sore feet of the trail! – late hobble to camp – everyone looks wrecked – too tired and sore to write – busted pipe fountain camp – mile 1404
 

view of Mt. Shasta

 
20 July – Day 76 – mile 1404 – Berney town breakfast and resupply – Anna’s Cafe – Wild Bird Spring trail magic – Berney Falls State Park – unruly hikers and vortex – pleasant evening hike – Rock Creek Ridge camp – mile 1422
 

Wild Bird Cache trail magic

 
21 July – Day 77 – mile 1422 – unremarkable terrain with heavily disturbed areas: logging, fire, powerlines – feeling slow – evening break to watch thunderstorm and lightning show over Mt. Shasta – great ridge traverse with storms – buzzed by a rattler – tired, tired, tired – Alder Creek old road camp – mile 1453
 

Ridge walk

 
22 July – Day 78 – mile 1453 – more foot pain – McCloud River is freezing cold – beautiful forest hike – Middle runs an is fast – GG, Morningstar, Cookie Monster, BC – hike, eat, sleep, repeat! – Trough Creek camp – mile 1479
     

    

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