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.

Spotty cell coverage

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Don’t expect much cell coverage next 2 days. Still have Spot Connect (see photo) so we can update position us add 41-character messages. Temp 85 at start. Thunderclouds above. Mosquitoes 2 on a scale of 10. Headed for Sisters Mirror … Continued

PCT Day 14: Ready for home

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Date: Aug. 4 Location: Mink Lake Basin, between Waldo Lake and Elk Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area. Elev. 6,657 ft. Days hiked: 14 Days left on first segment: 1 Miles hiked today: 22 Miles hiked total: 238 Avg. … Continued

PCT Day 13: Home to Lane County

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Date: Aug. 3 Location: Upper Rosary Lake, north of Odell Lake off Highway 58. Elev. 5,850 ft. Days hiked: 13 Days left on first segment: 2 Miles hiked today: 22 Miles hiked total: 216 Avg. Per day. 16.4 Percent of … Continued