PCT Mile: 1,519
Unfortunately, I still have 170 miles to go!
If I average 21 miles per day, I will finish the PCT by the end of September. But I must get out of California! The terrain has been unforgiving and relentless. First, I lost so much time navigating the high Sierras. Second, every resupply along the trail is a 4,000 descent followed by 5-6,500 foot climb back up. Week after week, these climbs just seem to never end.
I’ve heard that many hikers can cruise through Oregon in less than 3 weeks. It’s very flat and that’s where I will make up time. So far, I’ve been doing 20’s, 25’s and some 30’s. This is keeping me on schedule but it’s starting to get a little frustrating. If I could only get out of California!!!
Today is a great example. I resupplied last night in Castella. This morning started with a 6,300 foot climb and a 9% grade up Castle Crags and a goal of 20+ miles. About 4 hours into this 7 hour climb, I became extremely agitated. This crap has been going on for 3 1/2 months. I’m really getting sick and tired of it!
The PCT smiles and whispers, “So quit. Just ring the bell and you can go home.” I ponder this for awhile before responding. “Do you really know what PCT stands for?”, I yelled back. “Persistence Creates Toughness! Now go to bed and get a good nights rest. I’ll see you in the morning.”
The end of this state is near and my 4th milestone will be achieved. I can’t wait!