Day 82

Oct 6
Miles:  19.2
PCT:  683.2 – 702.4
Total Miles:  966.7
Elevation gain:  2293

I got up early and was on the trail by 5:50 am in an attempt to beat the heat.  Not as much climbing today, but there were large downhill descents, which were hard on my feet.  I was in a hard limp most of the day.

As the day was so hot with direct sunlight, I used my umbrella for the first time to block sun.  It worked quite well.  I’m not sure I could have taken the sun without the umbrella.  Glad that I’m lugging it along.

Once again, all the springs were dry.  I found a water cache that was left over from the northbounders and it had 1 liter of water in it; so I took it.  I was counting on a river  that was about 5-6 miles from the final destination of the Kennedy Meadows store.  When I got to the river, I was quite dehydrated as I was stretching the water I had as much as possible and I only had 1/2 liter remaining.  The river was dry as a bone!!!  I didn’t know how I was going to be able to get to the store on 1/2 liter during the hottest part of the day (2 pm).  While I was contemplating dropping my pack and making a run for it, two guys came by on horseback.  I asked if they had any spare water and one of them threw me two pint bottles of water.  I was very thankful to them and quite relieved. 

I made it to the store, very thirsty and limping hard.  I will stay a day re-evaluate how I should proceed on to the high Sierras given the lack of water.

Dry creek.

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The umbrella did the trick of blocking the sun from my head and shoulders.  It allows me to take off my hat which, with a light breeze all day, keeps my head cool.

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This is my snack candies all melted into a lump.  It still tasted quite good and I could eat it like a snickers bar.

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Bill (Blackhawk Down)

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