Day 63

Sept 17
Miles:  18
PCT:  2513.3 -2531.3
Total Miles:  803.2
Elevation gain:  5055

Another tough day; over 5000 feet of climbing.  My glycogen must be very low from the two previous days of hard hiking.  I felt weak all day and had to rest a lot.  It sprinkled a little rain and the plants were all wet and hugging the trail, which transferred the water to me, leaving me wet all day. 

I slipped off a log and into a creek where my boots filled with water.  Now my boots will be wet for at least two days causing mucho foot blisters and skin removal.  Both my hiker pole tips have snapped off so there is no metal tip on the end, just plastic.  So when I use the poles to stabilize me while crossing creeks, they tend to slip off the tops of wet rock. 

There were many many blow-downs today, causing constant disruption in my progress.  Some of them were very difficult to get around and were quite large.  Sometimes it seemed there was a blow-down every 100 yards or so.  This section of trail is in bad need of some maintenance.

I wound up sleeping in a non-campsite as I couldn’t make it to a real one.

Here is my view from my tent.

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Glaciers, glaciers and more glaciers…

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A rock arrow..

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Oooops!  The bridge is broken.  Still works though.

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Trees sometimes grow on rocks.  Not sure how that works.

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Soooo many bridges along the way and they come in all different flavors.

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Good Morning Pacific Crest Trail.

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Rain clouds are brewing, but no rain yet.

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Bill (Blackhawk Down)

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