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[pct-l] Roy Robinson on the PCT, part 2 (long)
- Subject: [pct-l] Roy Robinson on the PCT, part 2 (long)
- From: "Robinson, Brian A" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 20:39:26 -0700
> Here's some more...
> 7/4, 8:30pm About 1.5 miles W. of Carter Meadow Trail Jct. (N5) Brian
> left me at Cold Spring at 2pm. Made 11.5 miles this afternoon. No snow
> on trail! A really nice contrast to two weeks ago when the snow made good
> mileage impossible. And who should I meet at the Humbolt Road crossing
> but Charcholla - Charlie Jones in the real world - and Cheryl Mason, both
> from San Diego area. Charlie has been an active correspondent on the PCT
> list. He and Cheryl were completing a section hike. I'm camped on an
> exposed saddle. Stars will be appearing soon. A good hiking day. I'm
> glad to be back on the trail, heading north and able to clock some decent
> 7/7 6:30am Just S. of Nobles Trail Jct. Monday 7/5 was a long hiking
> day, 24.7 miles ending at the North Fork Feather River. Got there just
> before dark after eating dinner at Stover Camp. Feather River looks like
> a decent trout stream. No road along it at least right here. Yesterday
> was another 20 miles, not including a couple side hikes. First was an hour
> long hike down to see terminal geyser. the second was a wrong turn at
> Lower Twin Lake which took me to Rainbow Lake before I realized my
> mistake. I blame this second diversion on the mosquitoes, which have been
> thick since I entered Lassen Park. I should have double checked the map
> but didn't want to stop and let the bugs descend on me. Dinner last night
> was Kathi's dehydrated Mexican style beans & lentils. Excellent! Must
> get recipe.
> 5pm Old Station. The pizza place is closed on Wednesdays! Artis, the
> postmaster lady, helped me out, calling Uncle Runts to be sure they were
> open. That's where I am now, checking out the h'burger steak w/ grilled
> onions. It's good. Uncle Runts is closed on Mondays.
> 9pm Hwy 44 trailhead near Mud Lake. 20 mile day. A challenge getting up
> here from Old Station. I started from the Hwy 44 crossing and after going
> about a mile without seeing any PCT signs, decided I must be on the wrong
> trail. So I returned to the crossing. No other trail, just no PCT
> markings. That's really a problem when you're trying to make 30 miles to
> the next water. I lost the trail about 1/4 mile W. of here where the hwy
> dept. is putting in a rest stop or something. Major construction. Maybe
> it's a rim view point. Anyway, it took me a half hour to pick up the
> trail. I've seen not one trail marker on this section. Without the Trail
> Guide map, it would be hopeless. Early start tomorrow.
> 7/9, 8am Cassel Campground. Hiked 26 miles yesterday, mostly on the Hat
> Creek Rim. Started with about 4.5 liters of water, then didn't get nearly
> as far as I wanted Wednesday night because of the confusion at the start.
> So it was a Marathon yesterday with temps in high 90's (at least. Redding
> was 100+ yesterday.) By 3pm I was seriously rationing water, so came into
> Cassel for the night. Got in about 7pm. Stopped at the Clearwater Lodge
> - first place I saw a garden hose and asked if I could fill my water
> bottles. I must have looked in need because the guy went in and brought
> me out two cans of soda - one Squirt and one Sprite! After sitting for a
> bit, I walked down here to the PG&E campground. The host, Larry, let me
> camp in a vacant spot without paying the $13 fee. Says he likes to
> accommodate the PCT hikers if there is space available. All packed up and
> heading to McArthur-Burney. Looks like about 13 miles. If Larry's
> around, will thank him again before I leave. Treated small blister on
> outside of left heel. It hadn't broken, should cause no further trouble.
> 7/9 8:30pm Burney Falls PCT Hikers Camp. I started from Cassel
> Campground about 3pm. - 13 miles. It was really hot, and dry. Very
> little shade, but not as bad as Hat Creek Rim. Got water here, then went
> down to park HQ to pick up my boxes. Good news is, they were there, They
> charged me $3 per box for storage. However, they don't ship out of here.
> How to get the drift box to Seiad Valley? Once I explained about the
> drift box, the lady at the store said she would take it in to Burney (the
> town) and mail it for me on Tuesday. I addressed it and gave her the
> postage. Then the gate guard recommended I camp at the hiker/biker area
> in the park. $3. After sorting out my food and downing a quart of O.J.,
> I checked out the H/B area. Hot, dusty, no water. There's a spigot in
> one of the designated campsites about 1/10 mile away. The PCT camp was
> looking better, even though a half mile back down the trail. So I got a
> shower, $.50 for 5 minutes, then back to the gate guard. PCT campground?
> $3. I traded him my old receipt for a new one, took a look at the falls,
> and headed back up the trail. Couldn't catch anybody at home tonight.
> Better swing by the pay phone on the way out in the morning. I have a
> nectarine for breakfast. Lady was taking pictures of family - they're
> camped next door - and I offered to take a picture of the whole group. One
> of the kids came over a bit later with the nectarine as thanks.
> 7/10, 6pm Peavine Creek. 14.1 miles form Burney Falls with 2000 foot
> climb to get here. It's been very hot but there's been water a couple
> places along the way. I'm in what seems to be a packer camp. The flies
> outnumber the mosquitoes. I'm cooking dinner - Raman & tuna fish with
> rice. Tastes good. I have to cook where there's water. It's 13 miles to
> the next water on trail. I'll clean up, load up on water and dry camp
> down the trail. (Waiter, there's a fly in my soup!) I can get some more
> miles before dark and there'll be fewer bugs away from water.
> 8:30am Just past the power lines, about 1.6 miles from Peavine. Found a
> fairly level spot to lie down. No room for tent so I'm wearing mosquito
> netting. The sun is just setting to the left of Mt. Shasta. The trail is
> in terrible shape here with heavy brush and many blow downs. Almost
> impassible this side of Peavine Creek. There's a logging road that
> parallels the trail for the next few miles. I may have to try it if the
> trail doesn't improve, but must be careful not to wander down the wrong
> road and get lost. Brian recommended staying on the trail if possible.
> We'll see how it looks in the morning.
> 7am Time to get on the trail. Will see what's ahead and cut over to the
> road if necessary. It stayed warm all night. Must be 75 degrees right
> now. Will be a hot day. Mosquitoes are bad. I'll have to find a place
> to set up the tent tonight.
> 7/12, 5:45am In grove of trees near Mushroom Rock. Got in here last
> night in time to cook dinner. 16 trail miles and who knows how many
> actual. Went through several "slash and burn" areas where loggers have
> churned the forest floor - including the trail, pretty completely.
> Sometimes I could pick up the path again, and sometimes not. I lost at
> least 2 hours going down a logging road which I thought would bring me
> back to the trail. It looked right, but wasn't the one on the map. This
> was a bit north of where Brian had the same mishap two years ago. I also
> stopped at Moosehead Creek Spring to wash self and clothes. Three
> thru-hikers caught up with me there. One said he was from Minnesota.
> First people I'd seen since Burney Falls. One thing about hiking solo,
> you see more wildlife. A deer yesterday morning couldn't figure out what
> I was in my sleeping bag. It peered at me, huffed and trotted first one
> way then the other - finally decided to be somewhere else. Also ran
> across my second bear about mid day yesterday. It was kind of scrawny -
> didn't have that big bear rump - and was shedding its winter coat.
> Altogether kind of a pathetic looking critter. Time to get some breakfast
> and head for the McCloud River.
> 7/13 Ash Camp, McCloud River. Got in late last night, about 8pm. Hot
> and tired. Time to eat and sleep. 20.7 miles. Must have been 100++
> degrees in afternoon and still hot at sunset. Quite a contrast to the
> morning when I was climbing over some major snow drifts. Also in the
> morning, near Grizzly Peak, I caught the peak of the wild flowers. It's
> about 30 miles to Castella so I won't get there today as planned.
> "Terrible Section O" has lived up to its name. The trail's almost
> nonexistent in some stretches. Tony DeBellis and the trail maintenance
> volunteers sure have their work cut out for them in August. Hope they can
> make a good start at it. To me, it looks like 2-3 years of effort to get
> this section back in shape.
> 7/13, 8:45pm, 2 miles W. of Squaw Valley Creek, where I had dinner, then
> got some uphill in before dark. 15.5 miles today, about 14 more out to
> Castella tomorrow. It's been a real furnace room out here. I'm at 4000
> feet - climbed from 2380 at Squaw Valley Creek, and it's still got to be
> 90 degrees. S.V. Creek is the most beautiful spot I've seen on the trip
> so far. Very similar to the McCloud River, but with no roads, cars or
> people. Getting too dark. Will continue this in am.
> 7/14, 5:30am It cooled down enough sometime last night to get to sleep.
> This heat's been getting to me mentally as well as physically. Must get
> going now before it gets hot. Still 8 miles to next water at Fall Creek.
> First 4 of that is uphill.
> 6:45pm Oak Tree Motel, Dunsmuir (Where Brian stayed 2 years ago) 14.9
> trail miles today. Maybe 3 more actual miles. I got to Interstate 5 at
> 1:30pm, then hiked on to Castle Crags State Park (the beginning of the
> Milt Kenney Trail where I intend to start tomorrow.) Then down to the
> post office at Castella where I picked up my care package. Next I hitched
> a ride here. Jim, a friend of Anthony, the motel manager, has offered to
> haul me back to the trailhead tomorrow morning. Oh, I got a ride down
> here with two avid rock climbers form N. Hampshire, in a very small car.
> Full of packs and climbing gear. They were planning to climb at Castle
> Crags tomorrow and were headed for Yosemite later in the week. They were
> interested in my gear, and asked if I carried a stove. When they heard
> about the tuna can stove, they had to inspect it. Price of the ride.
> (Climbers want to travel light, too.) My pizza - pepperoni, mushrooms,
> sausage, and olives, 10 - inch size, has just been delivered. Earlier, I
> picked up an artichoke salad to go with it, and a banana for dessert. Can
> of beer, shave and shower, have made things look rosier after a hot walk.
> That poor little disposable razor almost choked on a two-week beard. Had
> to work in sections. If it had broken before I finished the job I was
> going to be a funny looking hiker. Still have to pack food for the next
> leg. 8 days. A big load. To make room, will send my fleece layer home.
> Also, a roll of exposed film and these notes. Good pizza. Salad was a
> mistake. Way too much garlic. Maybe it will keep bears away for a couple
> [end of notes]
> There probably won't be any more notes until dad and I get off the trail
> in mid September.
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