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Pacific Crest Trail – The Beginning of an obsession.

Pacific Crest Trail – The Beginning of an obsession.

on Jul 29, 2014

I like mountains… well more specifically, or I guess more generally I like nature and being out in it. Nothing makes me happier than to get out in the woods, away from the world and just breathe the fresh clean air, listen to the little creatures of nature and just let all my thoughts and worries flow away with a stream or a cool breeze. That, and you cannot question amazing views like the one above. That being said, I one day discovered this website.  http://www.mountainphotographer.com/sawtooths-trek/ I instantly fell in love with this mountain range and decided I needed to hike it! It was no small undertaking. I had never been there, I didn’t know anyone that had been there, it was in a different state, and I had never actually backpacked anywhere. Long story short, I decided to sideline that trip for another time when I had a bit more experience in the backpacking world, and some more time to dedicate to the hike and tackle something a bit more close to home and more often traveled. Enter the Pacific Crest Trail. My friend that was going to do the Sawtooths hike with me suggested this as an alternate. I had never really thought much about it. I had heard of this trail that people hiked from Mexico to Canada but it never really struck me what an undertaking it was or what awesome things they must experience, so I started researching. I went out to the Internet and found as much information as I could about this mysterious trail. I read people’s blogs, trail reports from day hikes and section hikers and fell in love with this trail. I had to do it! It was settled. I only had one week worth of vacation to dedicate to the hike so I had to pick a section. I figured I didn’t want to stay too close to home but I didn’t want to waste a whole day traveling so I chose a section between Hwy 20 and Mount Hood. This would be a great section that would put us going over Three Fingered Jack and Mount Jefferson, past some cool lakes and over some amazing terrain. I was...

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