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[pct-l] PCT Section I

Well, Brick I think it was even scarier without the log.  But I also think
it was the worst crossing of the whole PCT (I crossed it on the third of
July); The crossing of the Kings was a close second.  Two hikers right in
front of me turned around when they saw all the steep snow along the creek,
which did not improve my self confidence.

I tried to get accross at the regular crossing place twice, about 5:30 in
the morning.  I attempted to use a flat rock and the current just swivelled
me around and pushed me from one side of the rock to the other.  The second
time I tried keeping my feet wedged in between rocks but with the different
angles of my feet I did not have very good balance.  There were two other
truhikers sleeping there, and I waited until they got up ( Well, okay I did
make little noises until they woke up, and then pleaded pitifully for
help.).  I noticed a wider crossing about quarter mile above and about 1/3
had a log.  We all got across.  But I was so worried that I did not take
any photos.  What I remember was a standing wave in front of my belly and
thinking I was going to lose it everytime I moved one of my feet.

When I went back the next year at the end of August, you could tip toe
across easily.  The big flat rock was out of the water!  Kind of completely
changes the atmosphere.

Thanks for the memories!

It is good.

> From: Brick Robbins <brick@fastpack.com>
> To: PCT-L@mailman.backcountry.net
> Subject: RE: [pct-l] PCT  Section I
> Date: Monday, December 10, 2001 5:10 PM
> At 03:39 PM 12/10/01, Reynolds, WT wrote:
> >  This would avoid the north sides of Seavey Pass and Benson Pass.
> >The former is down a steep shaded Canyon and the latter is down a stream
> >chute.
> Ahh yes, north of Seavey Pass lies Kerrick Canyon.
> I remember it well.......
> Steep canyon sides, with the trail deep under snow covered with a hard 
> layer of Ice from the warm days, but cold nights.
> The snow went all the way down into raging Kerrick Creek (more like a 
> river) several hundred feet below. I was going from tree trunk to tree 
> trunk in my running shoes, (no crampons) trying to chop steps with my 
> plastic self arrest ski pole handle.
> After about 5 hours to go 3 miles, I made it to the river crossing, only
> be faced with full flood conditions, and a very shaky log to cross on. 
> Someone posted a note at the crossing pointing upstream towards the
> such as it was.
> The day before, I had fallen through a snow bridge into a knee deep creek

> about 4 feet below. I was on solid snow cover, and didn't know I was on
> bridge till I dropped through......It took me almost half an hour to get 
> myself out. Scared me real bad.
> I scanned some photos of that day, and uploaded them at
> http://community.webshots.com/album/26856849zDsQrgYHhw
> The photos were taken July 24 1995
> One of the low points on my trip.........
> Oh, I hadn't seen anyone since the Tuolomne meadows store, and didn't see

> anyone till Sonora Pass, so if I had fallen, no one would have even
> till my body washed up down stream somewhere.
> --
> Brick Robbins                       mailto:brick@fastpack.com
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