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Day 163 - 9/8/18

September 14, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mile 2278.6 to 2294.5 for 15.9 PCT miles, but due to the fire closure actually hiked 19.5 miles with an approximate elevation increase and decrease of 5000 feet. We woke to a white out and freezing rain. High winds during the night kept us from getting good sleep. The reroute trail was really rough like an old miners trail unlike the well graded PCT. Very steep whether up or down. Very deep ruts with many roots. Hiking at 7am and into White Pass at 4:45pm which included a 3+ mile walk along Hwy 12 up to the pass. We packed a wet tent and it was cold all day. Got a room at the pass (overpriced) and picked up our resupply box for a fee. One observation about trail shoes is that ones feet are soaked immediately by the wet bushes along the trail. It was a beautiful high ridge for the first 7 miles, which meant we were in the weather swirling over the ridge. There were great huckleberries all along the trail. It was a very hard day, both mentally and physically fatiguing. Trail must have been hard for everyone since none of the young hikers passed us all day, even during our breaks. There was quite a vortex of PCT hikers clustered in the small Kracker Barrel gas station/minimart. 

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