Day 138 – 20 mi – PCT mile 2571

Start: Holden Village End: Stehekin Miles covered: 18 miles on the Bannock Lakes fire detour and 2 miles on the road into Stehekin. (The 27-mile detour replaced 19 miles of the PCT.) PCT mile marker: 2571/2652 Highlight: Beautiful colors around Hilgard Pass. And marmots. And old trucks. Biggest challenge: A 3400-foot climb out of Holden … Continue reading Day 138 – 20 mi – PCT mile 2571

Day 134 – 21 mi – PCT mile 2510

Start: Pass Creek End: tentsite at mile 2510 Miles covered: 21 PCT mile marker: 2510/2652 Highlight: Marmots all over the place, including an apparently unsuccessful mating attempt. When I have more data bandwidth, I’ll try to upload some videos. (Honorable mention: Lake Sally Ann.) Biggest challenge: It was a generally cold and wet day, including … Continue reading Day 134 – 21 mi – PCT mile 2510

Day 132 – 15 mi – PCT mile 2467

Start: tentsite at 2452 End: Nason Creek Miles covered: 15 PCT mile marker: 2467/2652 Highlight: Sunrise at camp. (Honorable mention: Refreshments and resupply box at Stevens Pass.) Biggest challenge: Finishing everything (eating, drinking, blogging) before the lodge closed, and passing up a great deal for dinner, bed, and breakfast at their hiker hut. We decided … Continue reading Day 132 – 15 mi – PCT mile 2467

Day 130 – 15 mi – PCT mile 2434

Start: tentsite at 2419 End: Deep Lake Miles covered: 15 PCT mile marker: 2434/2652 Highlight: Fiery sunrise on the mountain. Biggest challenge: Constant cold (35-45 deg F) rain. This might have been my most challenging day on the trail. Not physically challenging, but technically and mentally challenging. I decided that in order to ensure my … Continue reading Day 130 – 15 mi – PCT mile 2434

Day 129 – 19 mi – PCT mile 2419

Start: Gravel/Ridge Lakes End: tentsite at mile 2419 Miles covered: 19 PCT mile marker: 2419/2652 Highlight: Morning views of Mt Rainier. (Honorable mention: Spectacle Lake.) Biggest challenge: The rocky terrain, paired with the late afternoon 2,000-foot climb, caused my foot to complain again. However, my foot is doing a little better with my Merrell shoes, … Continue reading Day 129 – 19 mi – PCT mile 2419