Day 88

Oct 12
Miles:  19.9
PCT:  938 –  957.9
Total Miles:  1009.9
Elevation gain:  2208

I went over 1000 miles today!!  Only about 1500 to go…

This was another fairly low elevation day but it didn’t seem like it.  The trails are so steep and rocky that I must hike very slowly and carefully.  It makes it harder for me than the 5k climbs in Washington.  Moving slower down the hills helps and my feet were OK in the morning but by about 2 pm, I was in steady pain.  By the end of the day, it’s agony.

I also experienced quite a bit of hip pain due to the pack weight.  I can shift it to my shoulders, but then I have shoulder and back pain.  I found that if I roll up my Jacket, I can pad my hips and it helps a lot.  It still gets painful after an hour, but after a 5-10 minute break, I can go another hour.  The full resupply and bear canister along with 3 months supply of my medications are weighing me down.  I get to lose the canister in Bridgeport and I decided that I will start using a bounce box to send supplies forward that I don’t need in a particular section.  That should help a lot with the pack weight.  I hope to get it below 40 lbs.

The weather was beautiful again today.  Light high, wispy clouds but no sign of rain.  A little warm in the sun, but there is a constant, cool breeze.  Amazing views.

The trail crosses many of these rock formations that require stacked rocks or boulders lined along the path to guide you along.  Unfortunately, the rocks must get washed away as the trail disappears quite often and I needed to use my GPS to find the way.  At times I got way off trail.

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Here’s a 6 lane trail section.  I think people make new path when it rains as the trails tend to turn into rivers.  I often see 2 or 3 lanes, but this was unique and the bane of trail builders/maintainers.

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Lots of old growth trees around.  I’m holding this one up..

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I ran out of water and had to pull some from this mud puddle.  It is normally a flowing creek, but is dry this year.  Unfortunately, lots of the water sources identified on the maps are not flowing, which makes it hard to plan when to refill.  I had to get water from some pretty bad sources as I didn’t know if the next water source would be there.

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Bill (Blackhawk Down)

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