Fire closes trail

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Headlamps on, just a hint of pink to the east lightening an otherwise black sky, Glenn and I had just gotten on the PCT trail at a trip-record 5:31 a.m. Sunday when it happened. Glenn led us by a PCT … Continued

The international PCT

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Sat blog Arrived, after a windy 2,500-foot climb punctuated with a sand storm, at Timberline Lodge at 10 a.m. Saturday. After six straight 20-plus mile days, brother-in-law Glenn Petersen and I are rewarding ourselves with rest, football on TV and … Continued

Photo update

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Finally got cell connection after two days without, so here are shots From last three days. The one of me in front of the wood stove at The Ollalie Lake store suggests we had a little change in the weather.

Mount Hood in sight

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Friday Pct It’s 4:20 pm Friday and Mount Hood is stretched out in front of me like a well-melted ice cream cone that beckons a few licks. After 22 days on the trail — seven in our final phase — … Continued

Leaving winter behind

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Sorry for lack of blog posts but once we left Three Fingered Jack cell coverage pestered out. Update: we are now just north of Olallie Lake, where we spent the night after hiking 24 miles around and beyond Mt. Jefferson. … Continued

Above the fog

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A few more pics from south and west flanks of Three Fingered Jack. Awesome morning up here. Looks cloudy in the valley.

Feels like fall

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Woke up to 40 degrees, fog and cool wind. But can’t beat the views from the side of Three Fingered Jack. Will probably lose cell coverage now that we’re distancing ourselves from the tower on HooDoo. I’ll be back!

Beauty and the beast

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Most beautiful stretch of Pacific Crest Trail I’ve experienced: Elk Lake to top of McKenzie Pass. Hardest no-snow stretch? The few miles of lava just south and north of Highway 242. Scariest thing? Crossing Highway 20 a few minutes ago. … Continued

Monday on PCT

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Monday, 2 pm. @ Big Lake Youth Camp. Have done 42 miles in two days and an evening, and will try for 6 more tonight. Spotty cell coverage thus far but am using the Spot Connect satellite with solar-powered iPhone … Continued

Fire concerning

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On a bluff about five miles south of Dee Wright Observatory we see a fire that looks to be on Santiam Pass, our destination tomorrow. Disconcerting. Look like Big Lake area or east of that.