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2007-09-11 Four Pass Day

September 11th, 2007

I had trouble sleeping last night. Perhaps it was a fraction colder than it has been for a while or perhaps the ground was lumpy. Whatever it was I got plenty of chances to observe the moonless night and the milky-way sparkling above me. As always I had trouble keeping my eyes open for any [...]

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2007-09-10 A faint odour of Waptus

September 10th, 2007

This morning’s hike was brought to you by the letters U and P, and the number 2,200. After that things got nicer. Great views across the valley and my fingers were coming back to life. The ridge didn’t last nearly long enough and soon we were switchbacking down to Waptus River.

The river was sparkling [...]

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2007-09-09 Effort and Reward

September 9th, 2007

Leaving Snoqualmie Pass I knew it was going to be a hard day. A few days ago I had looked north to what Rolling Thunder would call my “destiny horizon” and now I was there, climbing that horizon. Not far up the hill two nice trail runners overtook me and then I knew it was [...]

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2007-09-08 Snoqualmie Pass

September 8th, 2007

I was watching the peak on the west of the lake. When the sun was on it I’d start moving and thus I was the last to leave. It also meant that I was the only one to see the bear at the top of the first hill. There wasn’t anything particularly notable about the [...]

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2007-09-07 The last cowboy?

September 7th, 2007

Another Washington night. I didn’t bother with a tent because it was pretty clear when I went to sleep but this morning I woke in a cloud and the mist was condensing on the trees and falling on my sleeping bag. I couldn’t get out so I just went deeper in. Eventually though I had [...]

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2007-09-06 T -300

September 6th, 2007

Tonight I sleep within 300 miles of Manning Park, the place you walk to after finishing the PCT at the border.

A cloudy dawn at Chinook Pass 
My day started when I woke to a light drizzle. It was 4:30am and rather than put up my tent for just a couple of hours I got on the [...]

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2007-09-05 Back to work

September 5th, 2007

Today has been a mix of feelings. Listening to Timo Mass’ “It’s the first day (of the rest of your life)” I pictured myself waking up at Manning Park in Canada. It wouldn’t be a zero day, it would just be a day, like 1000s more to come where I no longer have to think [...]

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2007-09-04 Staying put

September 4th, 2007

The Noodleheads, Easy Mac and Lizard set off this morning. I however decided to stay put. The clouds have rolled in and out and hiking in rain doesn’t appeal to me at all. I’ll try again tomorrow.
Speedstick, A-Train and Geyser stayed too so we’ve all got a smaller room than last night and have watched [...]

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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. [...]

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2007-09-02 The Knife Edge

September 2nd, 2007

“We’re going to shake things up a bit” Angelhair announced. Instead of the standard 25 they were going for 29 which meant reaching the other side of ‘The Knife Edge’ in Goat Rocks Wilderness. Every day now involves a lot of climbing and a lot of descending so I figured now was ok to push [...]

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