**We’re making a push to finish recording our memories from our 2017 PCT adventure. This post is from my collection of fully-written and half-written blog posts that are still waiting to see the light of day (along with a few days with just mileage notations and pictures… and may remain that way).**
August 16, 2017
Total daily miles: 25.8 miles
Total PCT miles: 1918.4
Start: Pipe Lake (mile 2299.5)
End: mile 2325.3
Total elevation gain/loss: 4822.2/3874.3 ft
The strain of hiking 1900 miles at a recent pace of 25 miles a day seems to be catching up with my body. By 9pm last night, I was completely spent and practically asleep. When my alarm went off at 5:15, it seemed way too early to even think about getting up. It’s as though my body is now protesting the daily abuse it gets and demanding more rest in return. I guess the evenings of reading my kindle until 10pm have now passed.
If only we were at 2300 miles!
Blueberry pop tart versus blueberries…
August 13, 2017
Total daily miles: 26.7 miles
Total PCT miles: 1846.4
Start: mile 2226.5
End: mile 2253.3
Total elevation gain/loss: 4163.4/2944.9 ft
We woke up this morning to the sound of a light rain. I’d been expecting some rain on this section, but I had hoped that the light rain a day ago was going to be it. Since the rain didn’t sound heavy and we weren’t sure how long it would last, we decided to just suck it up and get hiking. We were camped underneath a tree last night and it looks like if we’d just camped a few feet over we might have stayed completely dry! As it was, we were able to get packed up without too much of our stuff getting wet.
The wet underbrush created a car-wash effect. It wasn’t long before my legs (and therefore my shoes) were wet.
June 5, 2017
Total miles: 10.7 miles
Start: mile 758.2
End: mile 768.9
Total elevation gain/loss: 2589.6/2066.9 ft
I wondered as we started hiking today whether we should have continued on yesterday. Was I making something out of nothing? But we pretty quickly hit a steep, snow covered downhill section and I was happy with my decision. With the firm snow and my microspikes, I was able to make easy work of what would have likely been a frustrating descent yesterday.