PCT Mile: 702.2
I’ve added desert pictures to this post.
I’m back after 6 days in the desert! OMG, it really feels good to be resting for the next couple of days.
So I haven’t had a cell signal or Wifi for a week nor will I have it for another week! It’s frustrating, but ironically liberating. Hopefully, I can get this posted. I’ve been trying for 2 days. This place runs on generators and propane. There’s no infrastructure to speak of. We are spoiled with modern life.
The PCTA post signs on the trail:
“We apologize for the next 100 yards of northbound flat trail. The PCTA assures you that a 2,000 foot east/west climb is just around the bend.”
Just kidding. They don’t post signs but the rest is true. The desert portion of the PCT was more east and west than north. There were times when the body was tired and the seemingly endless east/west direction was frustrating indeed.
That said, there’s nothing like walking the final 2 miles to Kennedy Meadows knowing that I’d just completed the desert section of the PCT…702 miles behind me. As I walked into the dirt parking lot of Kennedy Meadows general store, the hikers on the deck cheered loudly. I had an ear to ear grin on my face and my heart was full. When I started this trek 45 days ago, I wasn’t sure that I would make it this far. I wasn’t really sure of anything, only that I was going to give it everything I had.
Here are some key stats:
- Days without a shower – 7
- Number of face rinses – 3
- Max miles in 1 day – 28
- Total ascent – 26,000 feet (the equivalent of 2 Mt. Whitney ascents)
- Total descent – 24,000 feet
- Passed PCT mile: 600
- Passed PCT mile: 700
- Largest water carry – 7 Liters
- Total water consumed – 70+ lbs.
- Earliest morning hike – 2am
- Most miles by noon – 20
- Trail Magic Surprises – 3
- PCT Desert Section – Done! Done! Done!
There were 10 hikers on the same travel bubble through the desert making the trek much easier. Believe me. Doing the desert alone would have really sucked…to say the least. We all drew energy and motivation from each other. This is where social bonds become stronger and stronger. These kids are amazing and being called “Dad” just makes me feel like I have a second family.
Just when I think I’ve done something beyond my abilities, another set of significant challenges are facing me…new ones that require an entirely different set of skills. I’m apprehensive but also excited.
May I always properly assess the risk and maintain the courage to stay the course…
Family, I miss you dearly and love you beyond words.