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Day 176 - 9/21/18

September 30, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mile 2464.2 to 2482.6 for 18.4 PCT miles plus .9 miles from the Mountaineers Lodge to the trail. Elevation gain of 4671 and loss of 3816. Hiking at 9:45 and into camp at 6:30. Yesterday at the lodge the weather dominated conversation amongst the many through hikers staying there. We have not seen so many hikers discouraged at one time at any point on the trail. As a group we are physically and mentally fatigued. We have been cold and wet at least half of our days since the Goat Rocks and the forecast is not good. It is disheartening to have hiked so far and not know if you will be able to finish this year. With trepidation we and several other hikers headed out. Jerry and I weren’t sure we made the best decision, but left with extra food in the event we had to stay put in our tent for a day of inclement weather. At Lake Janus (9.75 miles from the trailhead) skies were partly overcast, but rain did not seem imminent. We had a tough decision about whether to go further today since it was another 8.9 miles with significant elevation before the next water source. One thing I have learned on this trip is that everything done on one day impacts the next day; making every day important; no matter how mundane a decision seems at the time. Jerry was very anxious. I was more optimistic, but still anxious as we decided to continue. I prayed that we could get to camp before the rain began. NOAA said at 5:00 it would be raining and we knew we would not be able to get to camp before that time. The weather Gods smiled on us and other hikers by holding off on the rain until we were in camp. The weather forecast is better on Sunday. Views of Glacier Peak, Sloan Peak, Mt. Pugh, Mt. Daniel, Chimney Rock and The Finger of Fate were spectacular. We paid close attention to the cloud cap on Glacier Peak. Huckleberries were also abundant throughout the day as were many types of mushrooms. One thing I don’t understand is why hikers have a need to stab these gorgeous mushrooms, many a foot across in diameter with their trekking poles. It destroys them and their beauty. We hiked on and off with Fern, Canadian Treasure and Pickles all day. Also ran into Nums and Pancake who had left the lodge after 4:00 the previous day. Note: We don’t believe the Mountaineers have any idea how hungry through hikers are. The food was good, but the servings were very small. This was true for both meals.  

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