PCT: Day 165: Hiking in the rain

PCT sign post

Miles today: 24.4
Trail miles sum: 1866.9
Trail location: 2549.2
Elevation: 4552
Spinning on the turntable: The traveling Wilburys collection

I started the day with the big climb with all the switchbacks that I mentioned yesterday. It wasn’t terrible. It was however, very wet.

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Cold cloudy day

When I reached the summit I could smell a fire. A few other hikers had camped near the trail and had a fire burning in a pit. As much as I wanted to stop and warm up, I continued moving forward.

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Walking into the gray

I’m having a challenging time with my fingers in relationship to the cold. It’s difficult to perform fine motor skill tasks like sliding a zipper, opening a candy bar package or using my phone. The cold and wet environment is wreaking havoc on my body.

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Log scrambling

Today there are many logs crossing the trail that require navigating, over, under or around. This tree was a “under”.

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Downed trees
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Now that’s a big fallen tree

This tree was an “over”. Sometimes the larger trees have notches cut into them for foot placement.

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Mossy rocks

The green growth covers everything on the ground. I imagine if I laid down on the ground I’d be covered in moss and green growth pretty quickly too!

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Wooden bridge

I’m expecting to wrap up WA this week. I will skip Stehekin tomorrow and push on to meet up with Noelle the day after that at Rainy pass. (I carried an extra days food to make this feasible.)

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Creek crossing

I really want to be done with WA. The views, when I see them, are incredible. The rain is challenging.


  1. Angus McCamant

    I can relate to your discussion about contacts with former co-workers. It has been my experience that they usually are very willing to see me but I had to initiate meetings. As I am naturally an introvert I find it hard to contact people but it is always worth the effort.

    I am guessing that by now (real time 24 Sept.) You have finished Washington but the weather may have been bad enough to slow you down, I know we had quite a few days with significant rain in Portland. I am glad you found a way to hike in the rain, hopefully you can keep it up long enough to get thru Washington. You are so close to that end of the trail.

    Stay warm, I know you probably won’t be dry much of the time.

  2. Heidi L Halverson

    Did you see any ewoks? You need one of those flying bike things. OMG. It looks so cool. Like out of a movie. Wow.

  3. Anonymous

    I was hoping to stop at Sterling and get a report from u . I want to visit there some day.u would be following in Rip Van Winkels footsteps if u laid down on the moss, another 100 years.


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