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Day 191 - 10/6/18

October 9, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hiked the rest of the detour and proceeded to the northern terminus at mile 2652.6. This included 12.4 miles on the detour that ended near Woody Pass. Hiking at 7:05 we got into camp at 5:40 we hiked 23.8 miles with an estimated elevation increase of 4000 feet and decrease of 4700 feet. Camp was .25 miles north of the monument. The night was slightly warmer, the ground was not frozen and there had been no precipitation overnight. When we reached an elevation of about 5300 feet we were in continuous snow. Woody Pass is at 6800+ and we were as high as 7115; being above 6000 feet for many miles. Skies were overcast in the morning but the sun came out about 11:30 and what a blessing that was. We were in sun and had spectacular views when we were up high. The sun also softened some of the snow making the trail less icy. We estimate about 8 miles of hiking in snow; some areas were wind blown and up to a foot deep. The rock creek trail (part of the detour) was rough. However, it was clear that significant work clearing logs had been done to open this trail and make a viable detour. So many logs were cut and all with 2 man crosscut saws since it is part of the Pasayten Wilderness chainsaws are not allowed. We passed 11 hikers returning to Harts Pass after reaching the monument. At one water break my pack rolled downhill about 100 yards. While I continued filtering water Jerry retrieved my pack. When we got to camp we ran into Pancakes and Noms who also crossed the border today. They are heading back south to finish a section they skipped in Northern California. We learned from them that they and many hikers took a lower and 4 mile shorter route to get to Canada because of the weather and condition of the rock creek trail. As we were setting up our tent Jerry broke a pole. Most frustrating was that when the repair sleeve was slid onto the pole it got stuck on a slightly bent section, not on the broken section. Next the replacement section we had did not fit even though came with the tent. Pancakes and Noms loaned us their repair sleeve so we could finish pitching the tent.  

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