In this section, we hike from Sierra City, CA to South Lake Tahoe. CA. This episode includes a visit from Melissa's little brother and a hypothermia scare! 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 16 Photos! [ 960 more words ] http://www.teachersonhiatus.com/2019/09/19/pct-thruhike-section-16/
Update: The day really seemed to fly by. Our 17 hour snuggle sesh must have really powered us up because we hardly felt the 31 miles, despite at least 8 being solid rock walking. We were motivated to get to town to shower and be warm! We made a new friend, The Godfather, with whom we hiked and chatted most of the day. The views of the lakes in the area were spectacular! We also did our first night hiking since it took until 8:15pm to get to the lodge on Echo Lake we hoped to get a ride from. There was a list of trail angels to call for a ride to town and Susanne came to rescue us! It was a long day but we are taking a zero day in town!
Update: Worst weather day yet and first hypothermia. I'm not joking or being dramatic...I was actually hypothermic today and it scared me. As predicted, the temperature started about 45 degrees and continued to drop as we crossed an exposed ridgeline with 40-50mph winds in the morning then the rain/sleet began around 11am. We began to chill and get wet. We do not currently have robust cold rain attire. By 12pm, the rain had turned to snow, which was quickly accumulating. We stopped at a trailhead where 4 other people were huddled under a pit toilet roof deciding what to do. There were two cars in the lot and I know we were all hoping someone would return to them and take us to warm. Reuben and I snacked and discussed setting up the tent there. I argued that I was way too cold and wet but he thought it would be better to continue and stay warm walking. He won and we continued into the thick snow. I think stopping really impacted my core temperature because I quickly lost the ability to continue gripping my poles and began shivering uncontrollably. It quickly affected my mental state and I felt logic leaving me. Fortunately, Reuben was cognizant of my deteriorating state and decided to stop at a campsite near the next creek, only 1.5 miles later. By then, I could barely put words together...just kept repeating 2-3 word phrases to keep focused. We managed to get the tent up and I changed out of wet clothes and set up our sleep system while Reuben boiled water for our Nalgenes. Within 20-30 of changing, I felt mentally more alert and then after cuddling in the blankets with hot nalgenes, I stopped shivering. Thank goodness for Reuben. He saved my life today. For now, the snow/rain has dwindled and we're warm, but our short day means we have to 31 miles tomorrow to get to South Lake Tahoe. The good news is that we finally caught back up with the Coolers. We didn't see them after the morning and really hope they are okay in this weather!