PCT Day 93 – Saturday July 15
West Branch Beartrap Creek Mile 1224.1 to Mile 1206.5
PCT Miles Hiked Today: 17.6
Total PCT Miles Hiked: 1100.1
Feet Ascended Today: 3986
Feet Descended Today: 2541
Current Elevation: 7394
I’m camped by myself tonight with one of the most spectacular views of the sunset I’ve seen so far. And I’ve spent the last ten minutes curled up in a ball moaning because I’ve developed a spectacular case of butt chafe. Thanks to my ulcerative colitis, I’ve been pooping constantly and today that finally triggered The Chafe. I have newfound sympathy for babies with diaper rash. This is awful.
Butt chafe is a common ailment among through hikers. Many hikers bring along Desatin or Vagisil (yes Vagisil!) in their first aid kits just in case they get it. I did *not* bring either of these ointments because I figured if I developed butt chafe I could just use Hydrocortisone, which I already keep in my first aid kit, until I get to town. I tried putting Hydrocortisone on my poor inflamed butt cheeks and it turned out to be a giant mistake. The moment after I applied the ointment my butt was on fire and I was scrambling to find something to wipe it off with. “Aaaargh! Get it off me!” I actually yelled out loud. I’m glad I was by myself.
I have 11 miles to go until I arrive in Sierra City tomorrow. I’ve decided that I’m not getting back on trail again until my butt situation is improved. The Chafe is the final straw! I CAN’T TAKE THIS ANY MORE!
In other news, the trail in the second half of the day is among the most beautiful that I’ve seen so far. I hiked through flower-bedecked meadows with snow-capped peaks in the distance and deep blue lakes shimmering in the foreground. As I get closer to the Sierras, the more dramatically beautiful the scenery gets. I wish I was in a better head space mentally to enjoy the beautiful views. Sadly, all I can think about is my poor butt. I’d love to come back and hike this section again sometime when I can really enjoy it.
Here are some pictures that I took today for your edification. I hope you enjoy them: