Day 97

Oct 21
Miles:  20.5
PCT:  1068.7 – 1089.2
Total Miles:  1162.4
Elevation gain:  3564

Last night saw another night of hellish winds.  Very much like the night before only stronger and louder.  Frighteningly loud.  My campsite wasn’t as well protected this time so when the wind gusts hit, it would flatten my tent so that the ceiling was pressed down to my face.  After the gust passed, the tent would bounce back to normal.  This went on all night, keeping me awake again.  I woke very tired.  At least the tent held up.  There were a couple of stakes pulled up, allowing the rain fly to flap in the wind, but I was pleased given the force of the devilish winds.

It had snowed last night.  Not a lot, but enough to make the trail cushioned in spots that seemed nice on my feet.  At times, the trail angled with the down slope, and with the addition of snow, made it a little slippery and dangerous, but I managed without too much slipping around.  The hiking poles helped.  I had purchased microspikes in Fresno but can’t seem to find them.  I may get another pair in South Lake Tahoe.  They give your boots some traction but are light weight and not so clumsy as full on crampons.  I hope this is the last snow I see in Northern California, but that’s unlikely… 

I guess the last couple of days of climbing took it’s toll.  By noon today, I was feeling extremely exhausted and wanted to lay down on the trail and sleep.  Maybe it was the lack of sleep the last two nights.  I felt bonked and had to stop many times to gather my strength.  I also felt a little dizzy and was concerned that I may be getting sick.  I pushed through it and by the end of the day, it had improved, but I remained tired.  The climbing was like yesterday.  Lots of smaller hills but a significant elevation gain of over 3500 feet.

It was cold and windy all day today.  I could have used another layer of clothes but I was too lazy to stop and dig them out of my bag.  Any colder and I would have.

The feet were a little better again today.

Good night PCT…

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Good morning PCT..

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Bill (Blackhawk Down)

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