Today was hard.
I’m too tired to write a coherent blog post so I’ll share some notes and some photos.
It was 36 degrees last night in my tent – the coldest night yet. Brrr!!!
I summited my second mountain today! We reached the top of Baden-Powell by around 7:00 am. It was super cold and windy up there but the views were amazing!
Today was one of my most difficult days so far in terms of elevation descent and ascent – lots of steep trails today.. I am exhausted and sore but the views were definitely worth it.
There is a detour on the PCT starting at mile 390.2 due to the endangered Mountain Yellow Frog. So we had to leave the PCT and walk along Highway 2 for 2.5 miles. In that time we were passed by 12 cars and 2 bikes.
We stopped for the evening at Buckhorn Campground, which is designed for car campers. Since it’s technically not in the PCT we had to pay $12 to camp there. But the facilities were nice and we got to camp by a stream.
We put out not one but TWO smoldering fires in fire rings today that had not been put out properly. It was a windy day so I suspect the fires were not *quite* all the way out and were rekindled by the wind. Still though – what is wrong with people?? I’ve hiked so many miles that have been scorched by forest fires, I’m frustrated at how irresponsible people can be sometimes.
PCT 2017 Stats
PCT Day 34 – Wednesday May 17
Mile 376.9 to Buckhorn Campground
PCT Miles Hiked Today: 13.3
Endangered Species Alternate: 3
Feet Ascended Today: 2800
Feet Descended Today: 4660
Current Elevation: 6450
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