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Pacific Crest Trail – Day 5 Paradise Park to Lolo Pass

Pacific Crest Trail – Day 5 Paradise Park to Lolo Pass

on Aug 19, 2014

After a chilly night with some strange dreams at Paradise Park, I was ready for some coffee. The previous night I had set all the coffee making implements right outside my tent door inside my vestibule so that all I had to do was unzip the flap a bit, light my stove, boil the water and pour it into my coffee pouch.  My plan was executed perfectly the next morning and a few minutes after waking I had a nice hot cup of coffee. I had not yet heard anyone else stirring in camp, so I decided to get out of my tent and stretch my legs a bit.  It was very shaded in camp and quite chilly still, so I made the choice to seek out some warm sunlight.  Fortunately all the clouds and mist and fog had blown off the mountain and I could see the sun was out in full force.  All that was required of me was to climb up the mountain a bit to get to it.  I poured the rest of my coffee in my cup and took off.We were in a really nice spot where all you had to do was take a short trail up and then you were on your way up the mountain.  It wasn’t long before I was sitting on a rock in the sun enjoying a very quiet, amazingly beautiful morning on the mountain, soaking in the sun and enjoying life.  If I could have lived in that moment for the rest of my life I would have.  It was a good 20 minutes before I saw anyone stirring down at the camp.  It felt like I had the whole mountain and the whole world to myself. Suddenly there were no questions being asked, no restraints on my time, no having to carry a heavy pack up and down the hills.  I had absolutely nothing to do but just soak in the sunlight, sip my perfect cup of coffee and enjoy the moment.Then I ran out of coffee… Back to camp I went. Everyone finally woke up and we ate breakfast.  We took some time to relax and enjoy the stunning view of the mountain before finally...

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Pacific Crest Trail – Day 1 Timothy Lake to Lower Twin Lake

Pacific Crest Trail – Day 1 Timothy Lake to Lower Twin Lake

on Aug 3, 2014

So after months of preparation and packing and repacking and stressing out about food and how far to hike and having to change our plans multiple times due to forest fires and things, we finally set off. We got an early start. Stalker met us at our house and we loaded up the 4Runner and headed off to pick up The Professor and The Yogi and be on our way. Fortunately picking them up was on the way so we didn’t loose much time. On the way to our starting point the excitement was building. We were having a good time talking about last minute details and pack weights and what a good time we were about to have. We were like children about to head into a candy store!Soon we were on the turnoff for Timothy Lake. Then the dilemma began. Did we start at Little Crater Lake, or did we head further down the road to the big Pacific Crest Trail sign. Sure it would add 5 miles to our hike but we were fresh and ready to go and ready to throw caution to the wind for the chance to take our picture with the big sign that signified, YES, we are hiking on the PCT! To the sign we went! As we unloaded the excitement continued to build. We were about to set off, on foot and be on our own for a whole 8 days! We ran to the sign, even though it was on the wrong side of the road, facing the southbound path! It also had red tape and detour signs because of the forest fires but we didn’t care. We were headed north; the stupid sign placement wasn’t going to stop us from our picture taking glory so the world would know we were starting on the PCT! We got our pictures, hugged my wife and said our goodbyes and headed off into the wilderness. We were southeast a bit from Timothy Lake so we had to hike for a bit until we saw it. Starting out on the hike we noticed how heavy our packs were (mine weighed in at a hefty 45lbs) but we didn’t care. We were hiking...

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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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