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Day 179 - 9/24/18

September 30, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mile 2482.6 to 2501.9 for 19.3 miles with an elevation increase of 4857 and decrease of 3869. Hiking at 8:05 and into camp at 5:30. Camp was at White Pass at an elevation of 5906. About 3am the stars and moon came out. It was very cold this morning with frost on the huckleberry bushes. We waited until daylight to get up since all our stuff was wet and it was very cold. Given that, the trail was nice and views were stunning. We passed many beautiful meadows and some of the peaks viewed were Glacier, Mt. Daniel, Sloan, Chimney Rock, Ten Peak, Three Fingers, Whitehorse, the Monte Cristo group, Clark, Kololo and brief views of Mt Rainier. Colors have been spectacular since Snoqualmie Pass. Breathtaking is the only word that comes close to describing the beauty of the trail in this part of the PCT. So glad we did not waste it by hiking in the clouds and rain yesterday. Huckleberries were particularly sweet after the frost. It was surprising to see a makeshift lean-to just a few miles from camp. Someone was desperate for shelter at some point. Close to camp a marmot was on the trail sitting up and seemed to be focused on a hawk flying overhead. It was very cute and we were able to observe it while it was distracted. The day was sunny and cold. Fortunately we were able to dry out our wet gear by spending an hour at Sally Jane lake. We met “Good Speed” from Wisconsin as we hiked and noticed a lot of snow on all the higher peaks. What frustrated us was the way other hikers crowd in at exactly the same tent area when there are other options very close. Within 5 feet of our tent is quite annoying. This was our 7th full moon since starting our journey which began on a full moon. 

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