PCT day 4: Downer

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PCT Box Score

Date: Monday, July 25
Location: Griffin Pass, south of Mt. Mcgloughlin
Elev.: 5800 ft.
Weather: Sunny high 80
Days on trail: 4
Days left to Elk Lake (end of Phase 1): 12
Miles hiked: 64
Avg. miles per day: 16
Miles to Elk Lake: 195
Spirits: (10=ecstatic, 1=ready to pin Dr. Dull to a tree with a trekking pole): 5
Body: (10=brimming with life, 1=what life?): 8

First, my apologies for leaving out such minor details yesterday as, oh, where we were. I’m finding sending updates a bit harder than expected between. (a) keeping my iPhone charged with a solar
Battery charger that my bros. in law hangs from his pack; (b) being in Verizon cell range so I can send: (c) having the energy to move my fingers; and (d) having the ability to type on this microscopic keyboard, the equivalent, I suppose, of a dentist doing a root canal on a squirrel. So, if my posts are
More a spewing of observations than well-themed stories, perhaps you’ll understand.

Today was my first down day. Did a 15-mile grind from Hyatt Lake north to Griffin Pass. Think we both suffered from Sunday’s (not planned) 22 miles.

Though no dew on two previous nights we awoke soaked. I realized I’d set up my bag on horse dung. And our water filter — brand new — isn’t working. What’s more, because we picked up food shipments at Hyatt Lake our light packs are suddenly heavy Vain. Glenn’s feet are already pretty well blistered, though he complains less than any human being alive. (That’s why he partnered with me; I compensate for his assets.)

We get along well and are planning on a 6 am start for either 22 miles or 10 miles, depending on how we feel. Each day’s hike is dependent on where you can camp next to water.

Notes: The country we’ve been hiking reminds me of Central Oregon: pines, buttons great forest smells. .. Saw only three other PCT bikers today. Only one of 15 we’ve seen are from Oregon … Warm days cold nights

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    Wow! We still can’t really believe you are doing this! It’s so awesome, and we are very proud of you! Really enjoying the updates. Hope tomorrow is better for you guys. Love you, keep up the good work!

  2. Tom Penix

    it is still better than living in a van down by the river… love you guys. keep on!

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  4. Lark Weidenhaft

    I was glad to see this post this morning, I checked last night before heading to bed, and hadn’t seen day 4 yet, was a whittle worried that you had another night on the trail. Sorry to hear about your water filter not working, we have had good success with the hand pump filter that screws directly to our Nalgene bottles and our 2 liter water bladders that slip into our hydro pacs. Not much can fail with this type of pump, but it’s a little time consuming having to hand pump through the filter from the water source. Praying for you guy’s that today goes well, and that the blisters heal quickly.

  5. Marolyn Welch (Mom)

    Sure sorry about Glen’s blisters–hope you aren’t having that trouble. Enjoying the blog–proud of you guys — glad you are having good weather–I’m sure that helps –just put one foot in front ot the other and you will make it okay. Love Mom

  6. Glenn Klein

    Am enjoying your commentary. The area you are in is very well know to me with all the time I spent at Lake of The Woods. Did some hiking,but not like yours. Have been to the top of McLoughlin probably 15 times. Great scenery. Best of Luck.

    Uncle Glenn

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