Despite a casual and very late start, today was a pretty hard day, featuring a couple of really steep climbs with a pack fully loaded with food. But, I’ve now summited Mt. Baden-Powell, so I can check that off my to-do list.
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Today marks the end of my first month on the Pacific Crest Trail, and easily the longest time I’ve ever been in California. It may also be the longest stretch of hiking I’ve done without getting rained on. And I’ve seen way more views in the last month than I could ever have expected. It’s not been without its difficulties, but I’m greatly enjoying myself — and the people I’ve hiked with so far.
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It was cold and windy when I got out of bed a little after 7. With a really long uphill coming up, I was not terribly excited about getting started today. But, the trail’s not going to hike itself, so, I made my way down to the motel lobby for their continental breakfast.
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It was cold overnight, with frost on the inside of my tent, so even though I woke up shortly after six, I was disinclined to get out of my sleeping bag for well over another hour, by which time the sun had come out and had started to defrost my tent. Happily, there was no notable wind last night, which was great since I had no rocks with which to hold down my tent. The plan for a short day today also did nothing to speed my exit.
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The wind blew all night, but because of our semi-protected campsite, it never got to be terribly windy, and certainly nothing like the forecast was calling for. I only had one stake pull out, right before I went to sleep. Because it was going to be so windy, I had pitched my tent lower to the ground than usual to lower the wind profile, which meant getting up was a bit more of a nuisance, since any time I moved around, I rubbed my head on my tent’s roof.
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