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Griz encounter. PCT half way marker.

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Grizzly encounter

 

1296 – 1330 mile

The day was going perfectly till I went they a shrubby section.  I came out the other side and saw a massive Grizzly less than 15 get away.  I started slowly backing away hoping it wouldn’t notice me.  With the shrubs hitting my pack he glanced over.  Moved about ten feet back and could barely see him.  I turned and started running back down the trail.  The massive bear ran after me and was gaining fast.  The only thing I could do is stand my ground.  I stopped and faced him.  He got about 5 feet in front of me and then I woke up from a bad dream.  What a way to start the day.   Must be from all that Alaska talk.  Slow going day, stopping a handful of times to dry out the toe.  Also carrying 22 miles of water dropped the pace a bit.  Finally rolled by the PCT halfway marker .  Made it past the road into Chester and posted up for the night.  No rush to get to Old Station when everything opens up late.

Sierra City Aug 26, 2017

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1193 -1203 mile

Easy 3 miles into Sierra City.  Hung out and talked to Corona and a dude hiker(forgot his name)behind the church camping area.  Didn’t know if I was going to see any hikers in town, it’s getting late in the season for nobos.  The Sobos haven’t made it quite this far south yet.  

Foundout my cousins from Australia are hanging out in Portland.  Possibly going to meet up and hike a couple days with them in northern California.  Eventually the store opened up, snatched my packages and ran back to the church.  Trying to make this town stop as short as possible.  Shower came along with clean clothes.  Cold shower, but it’s the first one since I’ve been back on trail.  Felt AMAZING!!! The locks were getting quite dirty.

 Got my new Bomb pack and tarp from ZPACKS.  Super excited to lighten up my weight, get a better fitting pack, and learn new skills with the tarp.  Swung in and sent my pack, tent, and extra junk home just before the post office closed.

 Slowly accomplishing things it was finally time to resupply… They say don’t go to the grocery store hungry, so I cashed in on the 1 Pound Burger.  Feel like you always gotta grab the 1lb burger, you don’t see that very often.  Smashed the whole burger and half the fries with a couple Dr. Peppers.  Cravings Crushed ! ! ! Pricey country store, but they go wayyyyy outta their way.  Chatted with the only 2 hikers in town before hitching a ride back to the trail.  Came across another late seasoned nobo.  Jesse was his name, he was taking a break at the top after the massive climb outta town.  He’s a web designer/developer from Canada.  It was fun running thru the whole hiker talk.  Gear, places to go, ideas, bike touring, people met, ect…

Belden Aug 29 2017

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Belden Town

1271 – 1296 mile.  

Back in thru hiker style, started rolling before 6am.  Nice smooth trail up on top before it dropped 8 miles down into town.  Hung out with five straggly nobos, downed tons of Pepsi, resupplied, and soaked my foot.  Waited for hot part of the day to pass, last thing I need is hear exhaustion.  Went by Rattlesnake Springs just before entering into Lassen NF.  Stated seeing tons of smoke from all the fires up north.  Must be getting close.

Sawmill Pass. Aug. 11, 2017

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Stayed up all night planning and getting ready to head back out to the Pacific Crest Trail.  Excited to finish up the calendar triple.  Flights went smooth to Reno.  Met up with Matt to pick up my pack.  After his long day at work, he was still willing to drive me down to Carson.  Next day, hitch hiking went super smooth.  Highway 395 is the golden ticket at least if you wear pink Zubaz.  First couple rides were just going to the next town.  Couldn’t pass up anything headed in the right direction.  All the hitches were very very interesting.  Last hitch took me all the way.  Getting on trail a day early had felt great.

Snow it begins May 26, 2016

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Had a slow morning, hung out a little tooo late last night.  Eventually got everything packed up and walked to the far side of town to hitch out.  Called mom to update her on the San Juan’s situation.  Planning on swapping out some gear in Pagosa Springs and getting more clothes sent out.  Hitched a ride with a guy that just completed the AT Sobo.  Solid eight months on the trail for the guy.  Got dropped off at the trailhead and anxiously head out to catch up to DM.  Had a nice climb back to the top.  Passed by the biggest waterfall yet.  My feet got soaked instantly.  Caught up with a crew of ten people and took a break with em.  Continued on and started post holing bad.  Found the trail and kept climbing to over 12k feet.  I walked over the ridge and caught the real San Juan’s off in the distance.  It was unbelievably beautiful.  Massive snow topped mountains off in the distance completely surrounding me.  Had a couple fun glisades down steep slopes.  Post holing kept getting worse and shattered my pace to nothing.  It was killer tiring and smashed up my shins pretty bad.  My left knee was bleeding and turned purple from how cold I got.

Mogote Ridge May 25, 2016

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Had Double Magic wake me up, to keep hiking with him.  He really surprised me on his pace.  He hikes at a 2-2.5mph.  With him being the first one to complete the PCT, I thought he’d be faster.  Hiking at a slower pace helps out my knees and feet.  Neither of them get as tired.  We climbed out of a canyon to some great cliff views.  I didn’t expect to see green grass covering the mountain tops.  Also the rocks shot out of the ground in groupings by the trees.  Accidentally got lost and followed the road up to Mogote Ridge.  I thought about taking that way, but didn’t know if I would have enough water.  On the way up the ridge I saw a bobcat or a mountain lion.  I could only see her for ten seconds and she was about fifty feet away.  Turned out the ridge was an awesome detour to take.  Took a lunch break and didn’t see DM the rest of the day.  Tons of elevation today which got me all the way up over 10k feet.  Near the top, snow was melting from every direction.  My feet became frozen as night fell.  I quickly set up and swapped out the cold wet socks for some dry ones.  Took over an hour to thaw out my feet.  Once they warmed up, I was able to get some sleep.

Double Magic May 24, 2016

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Bright and early start.  Carried enough water to make it 21 miles to Ghost Ranch.  Started off going straight up and back down the other side.  The trail dropped into an amazing canyon.  No one could oh drew it up any better.  After an early lunch break at ten, I made it to the Rio Chama.  The current was dangerous fast, thankfully there was a bridge to get across.  Followed the road just north of the river to Ghost Ranch.  Cashed all in on the dinner buffet, which included pork chops, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and carrot cake.  Are so much I could barely move.  Thirty hikers were there at one time and ate pounds and pounds of food.  After dinner they weren’t too happy with us.  It’s probably their biggest group of hikes ever and it overwhelmed them.  You should know better when hikers burn 5000-6000 calories each day.  Bought an ice axe and a water filter for the San Juan’s.  I need to make sure my gear will not be the problem when I go thru.  Hung out on the porch as Double Magic showed up.  It was crazy to see him again after eleven months.  I met him at 1410 on the Pct.  Chatted briefly but kept in touch ever since.  He also talked to me about continuing 700 miles into Canada.  That one is called the Great Divide Trail.  I am planning on it, but it’s all going to come down to the snow in the San Juan’s.  We didn’t want to pay $25 to camp, so I grabbed four liters of water and left after 8pm.  Headed a couple miles out to get off their property.  It was a blast catching up with Double Magic.  With going the same direction on both of the trails last year(Pct &AT), we meet quite a few of the same people.  Found a decent flat section and posted up for the night.