PCT Thruhike: Section 10

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

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 Section 10 Photos!

Mini-Blog:

Monday, August 12:

  • Day: 55
  • Miles Hiked Today: 8.2 (+1 in side trails)
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 840.4
  • Update: Today was a short day out of Crater Lake and very relaxing.  I’m still trying to take it easy on my thigh muscle strain and we just really appreciate the days when there is no hurry. Though we’re not feeling hurried really at all, despite all the hurriers around us. Reuben and I have met and been passed by a great many cool people seemingly running to Mexico, which generally leaves me wondering if we’re doing it wrong? Reuben/Lunar says it’s better this way because we get to meet more people and eventually we’ll find people who only want to hike 25-30 miles a day with half days off in town so I’ll stay content with our “luxurious” pace!

Tuesday, August 13:

  • Day: 56
  • Miles Hiked Today: 27.8 (or 31.2 if your name is Melissa… and I think you know where this is going… again…)
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 868.2
  • Update: There were many positive aspects of the day,  so we’ll start there. We hiked along a beautiful ridgeline for much of the day with gorgeous views of Klamath Lake and the surrounding area. Mostly,  there were so mosquitoes and the weather was sunny and 70 degrees. We were feeling good after our only major climb for the day with only 14 miles to go – making good time. We planned to meet up in 3 miles at the last water source until camp and were both out of water. I popped my earbud in to finish the last chapter of Shogun (a 48 hour audiobook and the big showdown was imminent). Somehow,  I missed a trail sign and took a right instead of a left off the ridge! I didn’t notice until I saw a sign telling me the PCT was 1.5 miles back!! I had to climb back up the ridge! Luckily, we had cell service so I texted Reuben to wait at the lake. He made fun of me and agreed. Flash forward…I walk the 0.4 miles off trail to the lake and…No Reuben! I text to ask where he is and he just says he’s waiting on the side of the trail.  Apparently he didn’t see the lake trail nor did he look for it… just thought he’d sit and wait. I was only able to pick up a liter that we shared with about 10 miles to go in the heat of the afternoon. Those 10 miles were filled with imaginings of water, root beer, juice… any liquid (and constant checking to make sure I hadn’t gotten lost again!). So thirsty! But…we made it to a spring and a campsite in good time without issue…other than the worst mosquitoes we’ve seen yet (but we’d already expected this…). 

Wednesday, August 14:

  • Day: 57
  • Miles Hiked Today: 21.6
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 889.8
  • Update: We took it a bit easy today after our long day yesterday and because we’re not in a hurry as a friend of a friend in our next town isn’t available to meet up with us (and put us up :)) until Friday afternoon.  The water in this area is a bit scarce, so we aimed at a ski shelter with a water pump for the evening. We were very excited to finally pass the mythical start of the Oregon mosquitoes! Time to stop carrying our bug zapper :). We also had a fairly long lava rock walk today (6-7 miles), which wasn’t too terrible but went on longer than I would have wished for my feet. On the upside, I didn’t take any wrong trails today!

Thursday, August 15:

  • Day: 58
  • Miles Hiked Today: 28.5
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 918.3
  • Update: Whoah…a lot happened today! 1) We hit 900 miles.  2) A NOBO legit pushed me off the trail and kept going! 3) Another NOBO was given a trail magic beer and shared it with me. 4) We got our first views of Mt. Shasta. 5) I started getting arch pain/pinching on my left foot and I’m concerned! 6) We easily hitched into and out of Green Springs for scrumptious burgers and free root beer floats. 7) A notable Ashland journalist offered to put us up for the night (but we had more miles to hike to stay on schedule). We’re also now in a new group of SOBOs who we’ve been passing back and forth with this section: Zombie,  a Danish engineer; Collum, a British NOBO flipper; and GPunk and Bobby-Oh. Tomorrow we hike into Ashland and stay with my mom’s friend Kendall’s friend Nick!

Friday, August 16:

  • Day: 59
  • Miles Hiked Today: 16.1
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 934.4
  • Update: An easy 16 intonation town today to meet up with the SUPER COOL Nick! He helped us get all our town day stuff complete,  so we made a steak dinner for us all to enjoy at his urban cabin, close to Ashland but seemingly in the mountains. It’s been such a lovely visit.  He and my mom’s friend Kendall walked across the US in the 1980s from the Pacific to the Atlantic. We’ve enjoyed swapping stories and stuffing ourselves!

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