PCT Thruhike: Section 4

Please enjoy the combination of video, mini blog, and photo gallery of our fourth week on the Pacific Crest Trail!

Click here for a link to the Section 4 Gallery!

Mini-Blog:

Sunday, July 7:

  • Day: 19
  • Miles Hiked Today: 7.2
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 253.2
  • Update:  It’s always a little hard to leave town,  but especially in cold rain with a 3000 foot climb ahead…but leave we did. We did first take full advantage of the hotel,  wifi, and restaurant before we left though! (As an additional note, this town trip was a bit different in that we have really started to see weight loss in our reflections: Reuben’s ribs show, my pants are hanging off me…  We expected this, but it was still a little shocking to notice it all of a sudden and so soon into the hike.)

Monday, July 8:

  • Day: 20
  • Miles Hiked Today: 19.5
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 272.7
  • Update: Today we celebrated a few things: it didn’t ever fully rain, it was our longest day on the PCT so far, and we hit the 10% mark at mile 265! It feels a bit unreal to be 10% done already… like we could totally do what we’ve done 9 more times :). The hiking today was tough but beautiful (actual non foggy views!). We expect the rest of Washington to get more challenging and wild (more downed trees in the trail) but the weather should dry up too…? We’re camped by a beautiful pond above treeline with views of the sun setting through a jagged fog covered ridgeline to the west.  It’s not raining and we’re not shivering. All is well!

Tuesday, July 9:

  • Day: 21
  • Miles Hiked Today: 18
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 290.7
  • Update: We expected rain today but it waited until we were setting up the tent tonight to sprinkle.  So we’re dry, but drowning in mosquitoes. We seem to have hit a heavy skeet spot today. We actually intended to only hike 15 today to stay at Deep Lake because the next water source was 5 miles further,  but the skeets were so bad, we just loaded up on water and ran the next 3 miles…up a mountain! They are still bad, but not AS bad. We were thankful for the blue skies and mountain views today. We continue to meet SOBOs, but are finding it more tedious than expected to explain our WA flip decision.  We can’t wait to be heading in their same direction and feel like we’re on a team.

Wednesday, July 10:

  • Day: 22
  • Miles Hiked Today: 20.5
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 311.2
  • Update: I would love to gush over breaking the 300 mile mark or hitting our longest day, but in sum today was a RAINY bleh day… it was actually the hardest,  most consistent downpour we’ve had, which makes for lousy tent set-up/changing into warm, dry clothes weather. A sticky claustrophobic dance… However, it wasn’t all bad and we finally found a campsite that wasn’t full without terrible mosquitoes while the rain was only a bit drizzly. And, we just ate candy burritos! Another silver lining,  we hiked up another climb in search of camp, so only have 5.8 miles with one climb into town tomorrow! And… we’ll get to hang out with our teacher friends from Maine!

Thursday, July 11:

  • Day: 24
  • Miles Hiked Today: 5.8
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 317
  • Update: Town Day! We awoke relatively early,  but delayed departure hoping these rain would stop.  After that hope died, we reluctantly squeezed into our cold sopping hiking clothes and hightailed it to Stevens Pass Resort, where we’d sent ourselves a resupply. We then hitched into Skykomish where we reserved room for the night and where we met up with our teacher friends.  The rooms weren’t ready, so we did laundry together at the local laundromat and gabbed with locals and hikers alike. We also got an awesome care package from my dad and stepmother that we shared with other hikers at the hotel! We’re now finally clean and resting in a real bed with real pillows feeling human again…

 

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