PCT Day 11

Posted on August 1, 2011 in Blog, PCT | 44 comments

Date: Aug. 1
Location: Tolo Springs, 16 miles north of Mt. Thielsen.
Days hiked: 11
Days left on first segment: 4
Miles hiked: 176
Avg. Per day. 16.0
Percent of journey completed: 35.3

Not all who wander are lost, says the bumper sticker. True. But we were today, dozens of times. The snow not only slows your hiking, it forces you to constantly be looking for the trail. At times you forget you’re even hiking because you feel like a cross country skier with really short skis.

For the third straight day we picked our way through the forest, looking for tree marks, blazes, cut logs, anything to signify the trail. Alone, I’d be doomed because I’ve had no experience doing this. Fortunately I teamed up with a couple who’s been doing this since Sierra City, Calif., Roadrunner and Cisco, and, together, we worked our way through the final eight miles of snow in this section.

I never knew I could appreciate dirt so much. There’s so much snow up here that PCTers are going to snow-free sections or quitting altogether. We haven’t seen a hiker since leaving Crater Lake three days ago.

Tomorrow I’ll rejoin with brother-in-law Glenn Petersen at Summit Lake and we’ll figure out how far we can get in the final for days of Phase I of II in our attempt to walk the backbone of Oregon’s Cascades. Thanks to all who’ve been encouraging us on this journey.


  1. you are doing great. glad to hear you have good companions on the trail (or snow). i was sorry to see you missed hiking with Carrie and Molly. proud of you.

  2. the trip we plan so rarely the trail we find. glad to see you have guides and partners to help discern signs along the way. you’re looking great! way to go.

  3. Bob, I am lovin’ this! Great job and such ambition! Kim and I just got home from a 2 week cross-country road trip. That wore me out. We flew to New Jersey, then drove a car back (a gift from my son-in-law’s folks to him and our daughter.) Husband Kim loved all the national parks, mountain ranges, and natural wonders. Me- I loved the Amish communities of Pennsylvania and Indiana.
    Anyway- 12 states in 14 days. He said 2 days in Yellowstone wasn’t nearly enough. I suggested he find a few guys who want to explore it for a week…while I do something else, like go to plays.

    Keep up the great effort!

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  6. This will be a book, my friend. Trying to find your trail in the snow reminds me of trying to find a line through whitewater in unusual conditions — really high or low water. The question is always: Where do I go next? Pause. Then: Where do I go next? Hope the skeeters aren’t too bad. Paul

    p.s. Oh yeah, just heard they’re working on a Friday Night Lights movie. That should keep you working to get back to civilization.

  7. Your comments and pictures are a joy to read. If I was 40 years younger!
    Keep up the great reports. Uncle Glenn

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  9. Hey boys,

    how much combined weight have you lost? Will you do this again next year? Ever?

    I am in Paris since 7/27, coming home on 8/16 is the plan. Short notice 3 wk trip to support big system go live. V comes over to meet me in Paris on 8/5. So here is our annual vacation, unexpected travels.

    Bob we will have a lot to talk about next time we walk on Chad Drive.

    Glenn, Beaver football coming up. I am expecting you at the tail gaters.

    Seen any bears?


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