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Archive for May 13th, 2006

Destination: Creekside Camp
Starting Location: Whitewater River
Today’s Miles: 15.00
Trip Miles: 235.00
Whitewater River (220.0, 2605) to Creekside Camp (235.0, 6110) ascent (4711), descent (1211)
What goes down must go up and we spent the day recovering the altitude we lost coming down San Jacinto. And it was real hot! Fortunately we followed Mission Creek for nearly the entire day and probably crossed it 20 times. This provided an opportunity for many hat and bandana dippings and even a few feet cooling sessions. The strategy worked until 2:30 when it simply became too hot to walk. We took a few hours in the shade and went on after 5:00 p.m. I probably drank 8 liters of water today and only went behind a tree 3 times. Our bodies are amazing and mine knew it needed to retain liquid in order to survive.
I am happy to report that I did not wear a knee brace today and I only took 800 mg of vitamin I. The knee is doing great now. The blisters are also under control and I am treating them with new skin (smells like clear finger nail polish and that is likely what it is) and coverings them with duct tape. They are drying out nicely and only sting on the down hills. My pre-existing stomach mystery is acting up a bit but within the realm of annoying rather than debilitating. Physically I am getting stronger and the body is adapting to the new stresses I am subjecting it to.
Some of my gear is not fairing as well. I have sun gloves, which I absolutely love because they actually keep my hands cooler and free of sunscreen. Unfortunately the manufacturer must be trying to save on the cost of thread because I have had to repair them several times. Fortunately, unlike conducting war, the Marines did teach me something useful; how to use a needle and thread.
I sent home my Patagonia R.5 shirt and tights as I am confident I will not need them until the Sierra. I intentionally brought extra clothes because I was really cold on the John Muir Trail (JMT) last fall and did not like the experience. Now that I have thought about it, the chance of it being 16 degrees with a 20 mph wind in Southern California in May is rather improbable. I managed to lose my gloves somewhere between Sacramento and Rancho Mirage (first time I noticed I did not have them). Liz will order me a new pair for the Sierra. I would like to be carrying them but I do have sleeping socks that will absolutely work in an emergency.
Oh yea the chay chay is nay nay (that’s trail talk). The new shorts are working well as the material rubs together versus my thighs. I think this problem is largely fixed. And besides the go-BIG fashion statement of wearing lycra is drawing great reviews.
I am using my altimeter much more for navigation than my compass. The PCT Data Book provides elevations for every location listed and some of the locations can be somewhat obscure. With an altimeter the challenge is solved. For example, tonight we were looking for the camp stops adjacent to the creek before you began an ascent away from the creek. Being that we knew the altitude we simply walked until we were clost and then started looking. It works remarkably well and is a great resource for this trail.
I have largely quit obsessing about thru-hiking the PCT. I have simply been planning my days around water and very short-term objectives. This is working well at keeping the focus on today and thus appreciating each day more for what it has to offer.
I also, after trying hard for 3 weeks, finally got a great photo of a horned lizard. We called them horny toads as a kid and like then I think are the coolest minature dinosaurs. Liz will post a lot of pictures when she gets home. I apologize for not having photos with the text but logistically it is simply something I am not up to on this hike. However, you can go to http://www.lindajeffers.com and see some great photos of the class of 2006. Click on Photos and “2006 Hikers I Met”.
We had the PCT version of the Amityville Horror this afternoon. The only difference was we were outside and the flys were really small. It was weird and they must have liked hiker b o because as we sweated up the trail we had a cloud of winged creatures with us.
Destination: Creekside Camp
Starting Location: Whitewater River
Today’s Miles: 15.00
Trip Miles: 235.00
Whitewater River (220.0, 2605) to Creekside Camp (235.0, 6110) ascent (4711), descent (1211)
What goes down must go up and we spent the day recovering the altitude we lost coming down San Jacinto. And it was real hot! Fortunately we followed Mission Creek for nearly the entire day and probably crossed it 20 times. This provided an opportunity for many hat and bandana dippings and even a few feet cooling sessions. The strategy worked until 2:30 when it simply became too hot to walk. We took a few hours in the shade and went on after 5:00 p.m. I probably drank 8 liters of water today and only went behind a tree 3 times. Our bodies are amazing and mine knew it needed to retain liquid in order to survive.
I am happy to report that I did not wear a knee brace today and I only took 800 mg of vitamin I. The knee is doing great now. The blisters are also under control and I am treating them with new skin (smells like clear finger nail polish and that is likely what it is) and coverings them with duct tape. They are drying out nicely and only sting on the down hills. My pre-existing stomach mystery is acting up a bit but within the realm of annoying rather than debilitating. Physically I am getting stronger and the body is adapting to the new stresses I am subjecting it to.
Some of my gear is not fairing as well. I have sun gloves, which I absolutely love because they actually keep my hands cooler and free of sunscreen. Unfortunately the manufacturer must be trying to save on the cost of thread because I have had to repair them several times. Fortunately, unlike conducting war, the Marines did teach me something useful; how to use a needle and thread.
I sent home my Patagonia R.5 shirt and tights as I am confident I will not need them until the Sierra. I intentionally brought extra clothes because I was really cold on the John Muir Trail (JMT) last fall and did not like the experience. Now that I have thought about it, the chance of it being 16 degrees with a 20 mph wind in Southern California in May is rather improbable. I managed to lose my gloves somewhere between Sacramento and Rancho Mirage (first time I noticed I did not have them). Liz will order me a new pair for the Sierra. I would like to be carrying them but I do have sleeping socks that will absolutely work in an emergency.
Oh yea the chay chay is nay nay (that’s trail talk). The new shorts are working well as the material rubs together versus my thighs. I think this problem is largely fixed. And besides the go-BIG fashion statement of wearing lycra is drawing great reviews.
I am using my altimeter much more for navigation than my compass. The PCT Data Book provides elevations for every location listed and some of the locations can be somewhat obscure. With an altimeter the challenge is solved. For example, tonight we were looking for the camp stops adjacent to the creek before you began an ascent away from the creek. Being that we knew the altitude we simply walked until we were clost and then started looking. It works remarkably well and is a great resource for this trail.
I have largely quit obsessing about thru-hiking the PCT. I have simply been planning my days around water and very short-term objectives. This is working well at keeping the focus on today and thus appreciating each day more for what it has to offer.
I also, after trying hard for 3 weeks, finally got a great photo of a horned lizard. We called them horny toads as a kid and like then I think are the coolest minature dinosaurs. Liz will post a lot of pictures when she gets home. I apologize for not having photos with the text but logistically it is simply something I am not up to on this hike. However, you can go to http://www.lindajeffers.com and see some great photos of the class of 2006. Click on Photos and “2006 Hikers I Met”.
We had the PCT version of the Amityville Horror this afternoon. The only difference was we were outside and the flys were really small. It was weird and they must have liked hiker b o because as we sweated up the trail we had a cloud of winged creatures with us.
Destination: Creekside Camp
Starting Location: Whitewater River
Today’s Miles: 15.00
Trip Miles: 235.00
Whitewater River (220.0, 2605) to Creekside Camp (235.0, 6110) ascent (4711), descent (1211)
What goes down must go up and we spent the day recovering the altitude we lost coming down San Jacinto. And it was real hot! Fortunately we followed Mission Creek for nearly the entire day and probably crossed it 20 times. This provided an opportunity for many hat and bandana dippings and even a few feet cooling sessions. The strategy worked until 2:30 when it simply became too hot to walk. We took a few hours in the shade and went on after 5:00 p.m. I probably drank 8 liters of water today and only went behind a tree 3 times. Our bodies are amazing and mine knew it needed to retain liquid in order to survive.
I am happy to report that I did not wear a knee brace today and I only took 800 mg of vitamin I. The knee is doing great now. The blisters are also under control and I am treating them with new skin (smells like clear finger nail polish and that is likely what it is) and coverings them with duct tape. They are drying out nicely and only sting on the down hills. My pre-existing stomach mystery is acting up a bit but within the realm of annoying rather than debilitating. Physically I am getting stronger and the body is adapting to the new stresses I am subjecting it to.
Some of my gear is not fairing as well. I have sun gloves, which I absolutely love because they actually keep my hands cooler and free of sunscreen. Unfortunately the manufacturer must be trying to save on the cost of thread because I have had to repair them several times. Fortunately, unlike conducting war, the Marines did teach me something useful; how to use a needle and thread.
I sent home my Patagonia R.5 shirt and tights as I am confident I will not need them until the Sierra. I intentionally brought extra clothes because I was really cold on the John Muir Trail (JMT) last fall and did not like the experience. Now that I have thought about it, the chance of it being 16 degrees with a 20 mph wind in Southern California in May is rather improbable. I managed to lose my gloves somewhere between Sacramento and Rancho Mirage (first time I noticed I did not have them). Liz will order me a new pair for the Sierra. I would like to be carrying them but I do have sleeping socks that will absolutely work in an emergency.
Oh yea the chay chay is nay nay (that’s trail talk). The new shorts are working well as the material rubs together versus my thighs. I think this problem is largely fixed. And besides the go-BIG fashion statement of wearing lycra is drawing great reviews.
I am using my altimeter much more for navigation than my compass. The PCT Data Book provides elevations for every location listed and some of the locations can be somewhat obscure. With an altimeter the challenge is solved. For example, tonight we were looking for the camp stops adjacent to the creek before you began an ascent away from the creek. Being that we knew the altitude we simply walked until we were clost and then started looking. It works remarkably well and is a great resource for this trail.
I have largely quit obsessing about thru-hiking the PCT. I have simply been planning my days around water and very short-term objectives. This is working well at keeping the focus on today and thus appreciating each day more for what it has to offer.
I also, after trying hard for 3 weeks, finally got a great photo of a horned lizard. We called them horny toads as a kid and like then I think are the coolest minature dinosaurs. Liz will post a lot of pictures when she gets home. I apologize for not having photos with the text but logistically it is simply something I am not up to on this hike. However, you can go to http://www.lindajeffers.com and see some great photos of the class of 2006. Click on Photos and “2006 Hikers I Met”.
We had the PCT version of the Amityville Horror this afternoon. The only difference was we were outside and the flys were really small. It was weird and they must have liked hiker b o because as we sweated up the trail we had a cloud of winged creatures with us.

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