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2007-07-21 Hat Creek Rim

July 21st, 2007

Leaving such fabulous amenities as those at the Old Station Hiker Hideaway is never easy. After two zeros I was keen to get moving but it was still a struggle to put on that heavy pack and start the slow shuffle north, especially when heading towards the infamous Hat Creek Rim.

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Chigger, Stretch, SunWalker and Girl Scout

Things were helped by starting with Chigger and Stretch. We talked as we started but soon settled into our own paces. We took the detour to Subway Cave to fill up on water for the hot, dry rim, and walked through the lava-tube formation. Nice and cool in there compared to the midday heat up above.

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Pack sizes

You could tell by the way I was dropping my feet that I was having a hard time readjusting to walking the trail. My bag gained too much weight during the stop-over and I was wallowing in it. Contrary to what I said before I may very well start counting down the miles until I’m done. For now I’m putting this down to the first-day blues and hope that I’ll be more positive tomorrow.

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Lava Caves

We got some nice views of Mt. Shasta today and it’ll be in sight for at least two weeks as the trail bends west, then even south for a bit, to stay with the crest. Now I’m lying down on the ridge above Hat Creek watching hang-gliders do their thing silently hundreds of feet above me

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More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Old Station to Castle Crags

Distance today: 21.4 miles. Total distance: 1398.1 miles

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One Response to “2007-07-21 Hat Creek Rim”

  1. Lance Blyde Says:

    Craig,

    I’m following your progress with interest and have enjoyed reading your diary. Many of the photos are great.

    Wishing you well.

    Lance, Jan, Shaun and Sarah.