PCT Thruhike: Section 7

Please enjoy the combination of video, mini blog, and photo gallery of our seventh section on the Pacific Crest Trail! This week we start Oregon!

Our videos feature quick and dirty views of each trail section as well as A+ and F moments and conclude with Lessons Learned. We hope you enjoy!

Click here for a link to the Section 7 Gallery!

Mini-Blog:

Saturday, July 27:

  • Day: 40
  • Miles Hiked Today: 16.7
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 522.3
  • Update: Back on the trail and it was tougher than I’d have liked! There is a bit of a climb out of Cascade Locks and on a full stomach from a delicious town day breakfast with John and Curtis and donning new shoes in the humid heat… it wasn’t my favorite,  lol. But it was good to get out on the trail again after dinner lovely glutting at our friends… gotta lose the weight back off! We also ran into some folks we met previously. Carpet, an Australian SOBO hiker, and Short Stack and Botox, two NOBO flippers we actually have a hitch to during our road trip north. 

Sunday, July 28:

  • Day: 41
  • Miles Hiked Today: 23.9 (or 25.9 if your name is Melissa/Solar and you got lost… again…)
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 546.3
  • Update: It’s been a very pleasant day… good weather, views of Mt. Hood all day, easy trail, and new SOBO friends,  Carpet and Worm. And…no mosquitoes (though the biting flies are terrible and don’t care a fig about our bug stuff). Oregon has thus far presented all the easy trail we were promised without the terrible swarms of skeets we were also promised…but there’s still about 400 miles of Oregon, so we expect some variety to crop up :). But yes, I got a couple of bonus miles today by taking the wrong trail…ironically after helping a NOBO find the right trail! But all is well and we’re camping tonight with some interesting Magic playing NOBO foragers. 

Monday, July 29:

  • Day: 42
  • Miles Hiked Today: 23.6
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 569.9
  • Update: We had an important choice to make about Timberline Lodge, a ski/hiker resort we passed today.  Our friends Worm and Carpet hiked further than us last night to be in striking distance for the famous AYCE breakfast buffet,  but we knew gorging ourselves would ultimately make us unhappy campers, so we opted instead to hike in later and get pizza and beer instead :). The day hikers around the lodge were a bit much for me today…I probably passed 150 people in 5 miles…but that’s just a part of being isolated so much of the time. We’re camped tonight with Carpet and a new friend, Space Pad, from the Czech Republic. We miss our tramily from Washington even as we forge new friendships.

Tuesday, July 30:

  • Day: 43
  • Miles Hiked Today: 28.1
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 598
  • Update: Our longest day yet! It was tough,  but we handled the miles mostly because of a beautiful first nearly flat 10 miles followed by incredibly generous trail magic! This wonderful woman had set up a tent with soooooo many goodies for hikers! Sandwiches, brownies,  cookies, red vines…. even adorable signage naming the type of cheese and meat provided… and vegetarian options! My body does still ache (especially my hip and pretty much everywhere on my feet… including my first blister/bunion)…but happy to start getting near big miles  though I don’t think we’ll get much bigger than 28 (hopefully). 

Wednesday, July 31:

  • Day: 44
  • Miles Hiked Today: 24.5
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 622.5
  • Update: We hit 600 miles today! Only 40 more to the 25% mark. And for a third day in a row we got treats we didn’t have to carry because we passed another resort (Ollalie Lake). While we don’t miss the rain in Washington,  we are definitely nostalgic for the hard packed earth that results from it. The trail is now so dusty and dry… we are just grubby! We stopped to wash our feet and legs in a pond about halfway through the day and by the time we pulled our shoes off at camp, they were dark brown again. It is mostly problematic for our feet and socks. But we had some very nice views of Mt. Jefferson today, though we’re camping in a less than stellar campsite in a burn area. Carpet has become a companion the past few nights.  We commiserate over our foot pain together!

Thursday, August 1:

  • Day: 45
  • Miles Hiked Today: 20
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 642.5
  • Update: It’s strange to call a 20 mile day a short one, but short it was.  We initially planned another 25 mile day, loading up on water at a pond at 20 miles before a 12 mile dry stretch… but when we got to the pond, the thought of luxuriating next to the mosquito free clear water,  cleaning the grime from our feet and legs, was too tempting… so we’re taking the afternoon off :). The hike today was lovely ridge walking for the most part with views of nearby ranges and catastrophic fire damage lightened by the constant fluttering of white and yellow butterflies just in front of our steps.  Though, the last few miles, through a fire burn area and with depleted water, was more difficult. The pond water looked like heaven! Tomorrow we hike into Big Lake Youth Camp for showers and resupply. PS. Our neighbors just shared their wine with us!

Friday, August 2:

  • Day: 46
  • Miles Hiked Today: 15.5 (+0.8 to BLYC)
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 658
  • Update: Today’s 16 miles flew by as we headed towards showers, laundry,  and lunch at Big Lake Youth Camp, a wonderful venue that hosts hikers in addition to teaching values to its young campers.  It was wonderful to receive a care package and get a chance to recharge our variety of batteries, including our own. The shouts of campers enjoying foot races actually juxtaposes nicely against the complete lack of wanting to walk.

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