After killing my phone… I was out of communication with the world… Until now!
I will try to summarize the events that you all have missed 🙂
Section f started after tehachapi and is known to be the least favorite section for hikers on the pct. I would agree with them so far… The real desert happens there and it isn’t very much fun. There are some cool things however. I finally saw my first scorpions which was on my bucket list… And they all wanted a hug!
We also got out first “waterless” stretch that lasted 31 miles. I say that with quotes as there are a couple water caches that kind people place out there. I try my hardest to not rely on them as I don’t feel that they should be used that way.
I also supposedly saved someone from falling off a mountain by stopping their flight reaction when a rattlesnake scared them near a cliff. I found it amusing more than anything.
The end of the 31 miles was marked by some awesome trail angels that setup a small tent city and served burritos, chocolate banana and strawberry pancakes, and grilled cheese sandwitches. This trail magic was totally unexpected and greeted me after doing 3 days which covered 82 miles. I was almost to the point of dropping out but they saved my hike with their kindness.
I also made some more hiking friends and they live in Washington as well! I have been very good about bumping into random groups and meeting new people and I actually prefer this style instead of being stuck in a group.
I have officially made it more than 25% of the trail- I should be hitting 800 miles tomorrow. My knees are holding up quite well!
I also climbed to the highest point on the pct: Forrester Pass (13,120ft) and I did it without vomiting! Out of all of the sections of the pct I looked forward to Forrester the most as the trail is carved into a rock wall. I was also very concerned as it is the highest I have ever hiked. To add to the experience we had a thunderstorm forming around the south side. Special thank you goes to mother nature for that motivation!
We were then greeted to epic views of kings canyon and I did a fun glissade down to a frozen lake. I promptly tested the temperature of the lake by postholing into the water. Guess the shore was a couple more feet away…
I then decided that I wanted internet as vvr is lacking in that department… So I hiked 7mi out and about 2kft up/3kft down to independence where I am currently writing this from a hotel room. It is more expensive than I normally pay but I want some quiet time tonight and a room full of hikers didn’t sound appealing at the hostel.