2007-09-03 White Pass

September 3rd, 2007

I’m finding sleeping on the ground less and less comfortable. I woke several times this morning with one shoulder going numb under me. Each time the sky was a lighter shade of grey and the horizon getting brighter orange. Eventually I had to reach out of my bag, and then I shuttled back inside. It was cold out there and things were damp. Sleeping in past 7 will be one of my greatest luxuries when I’m off the trail.


The trail soon lost sight of the powerful ridges and back in the forest we passed a few section hikers and Rigatoni was even recognised by one who reads stuff on We chatted a fair bit, random thoughts shared among the troupe. Yesterday had been very musical with my rendition of Another Brick In The Wall, some new lyrics for the seven dwarfs song* and the beginnings of An Ode To Talus including the lines “twisty, clunky, shaky, flakey. Bound to break my ankles. How I hate thee”. Today I offered the following question.

If you could have a superpower what would it be? Rigatoni wanted invisibility. He could dismantle all the world’s nuclear weapons with that. Angelhair chose Elasticity. She’d leap raging rivers in a single bound and be able to get a good view at concerts even if she got a bad seat.

Also up for discussion was Day-hiker Bingo, with the items being things like jeans, cotton, shampoo, “fanny-pack” (a bum-bag to the rest of us) and camp chairs.

It’s stuff like that, and debating the pros and cons of The United States of Europe, that make the miles easier and then we were at the road. There in the car park were the two section hikers we saw just yesterday (that gave me the drink), picking up their car after bailing out early due to injury.


At White Pass I introduced Speedstick to the Noodleheads and soon we were joined by Easy-Mac, Lizard and then A Train. Seven of us are at the local ski lodge enjoying burning pizza, destroying brownies and watching videos so it’s been a bonding night and I’m glad to know so many friendly hikers will be around near the end.

* Hi-ho, hi-ho,
to Canada we go.
With blistered feet,
and an ounce of heet.
hi-ho, hi-ho, hi-ho…

Hi-ho, hi-ho,
to Canada we go.
With huckleberries,
and a Ben & Jerry’s,
hi-ho, hi-ho, hi-ho

More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Cascade Locks to White Pass

Distance today: 15.5 miles. Total distance: 2302.8 miles

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2 Responses to “2007-09-03 White Pass”

  1. Alison Says:

    Great to know you are sharing times with trail friends as your journey draws to a close.

    And what incredible scenery you describe over the last week. This part of the trail certainly offers much for the hiker and doesn’t let up with plenty of ascents and descents!


  2. Ruth Says:

    What was the super power you wanted?