2007-08-16 …and a ladder

August 16th, 2007

We found the Maiden Peak hut about a mile from where we camped. It was basic but would have been nice enough for the four of us. Instead we had woken to a mist. I probably noticed it first being the only one not in a tent. It was 4:30am and I figured it wasn’t wet enough to be worth getting up yet.

We walked in various groupings throughout the morning. It was reasonably easy going and though we were mostly in dense forest there were occasional breaks at lakes. Just before lunch we passed through a big section of a forest fire from 1998. It was really erie to walk amongst the still standing dead trees. Blue sky above, small patches of green below and a wall of grey needles all around. I imagine this is what it feels like to be a nit walking on a buzz-cut head.


We met a party of assorted adults and children who cheerily informed us they’d been playing a game with the kids setting up little obstacles on the trail. We found them pretty soon. Chest high branches, a big log, a few sticks on the ground. We removed every one. As fun as that must be for the children, this is a hiking path and that sort of stuff is not helping at all. Then we came to an unmarked intersection. As is PCT style one path had a bunch of sticks across it, or was that just the kids playing?

The afternoon saw us return to the woods and pass many more lakes. Some are sizeable and clear, good enough to swim in on a warm day, but most are stagnant little things and the mosquitos don’t let you slow down to look.


At dinner I counted my wrappers for the day. With two bagels (290 each), six bars, a fair chunk of cheese, two tortillias, a pile of chocolate raisins and peanuts, Lipton Pasta and a packet of instant noodles I think I cleared 3,300 calories for the day. And I’m still hungry.

Today’s food fantasy: Cold bananas dipped in warm chocolate

More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Mt Thielsen to Bend

Distance today: 24.8 miles. Total distance: 1943.8 miles

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One Response to “2007-08-16 …and a ladder”

  1. Alison Says:

    You can buy Banoffi Pie (Banana and caramel) chocolate here now.