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PCT – Bob Welch

Going it alone

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Monday Much has happened since Sunday morning’s report. First, having been told by the forest service that the Dollar Lake Fire had closed the Pacific Crest Trail and that a USFS and PCTA-approved alternative route would be at least a … Continued

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!