Day 64: Hour by hour on the PCT

Mon. 6/24/13
24 miles (Miles 882.7 – 906.7)
Silver Pass Creek – Red’s Meadow

I did something a little different today, but I’m not sure it was the best day to do it because of the weather we had. I took a photo of the trail in front of me every hour – on the hour – no matter what the scene was.

I always have a purpose for every photo I take – a breathtaking scene, a pretty flower, a silly face… I thought it might be interesting to look back and remember what it was like to hike today, but not just the parts that stuck out.

It was a fun experiment, and it was hard sometimes because I’d just pass a great trail scene, but it wasn’t on the hour yet… so I waited for the hour to turn. We had a cloudy day that brought us a little snow up high, then drizzly rain all afternoon that soaked us to the bone. We were socked-in clouds most of the day, too. I hope to do this again a couple of times on the hike. Maybe I’ll hit a day when I have more variety in terrain, trails, and it’s not so darned cloudy! But for now… here it is:

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7am. Been hiking for 15 minutes. It's cloudy and feels misty... might rain.

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8am. Rocky, open trail at Silver Pass. I'm getting excited because I know there's views on the other side!

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9am. Seeing some great mountains through the trees, but more clouds are moving in and we're getting bouts of snow!

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10am. The trail takes us along a loud, rushing river. Thankfully there was a bridge for crossing this one!

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11am. Steep slope to our left... and it's getting cloudier out.

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12pm. Trails are looking very much the same today. Almost time for lunch!

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1pm. Lunch at Purple Lake. That's my soaked pack cover drying on the trail sign.

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2pm. Climbed up high again, patches of snow, and we're losing our views due to clouds.

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3pm. We've now just hiked right into the cloud. Pretty!

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4pm. Still in that cloud! Tears is in front of me but I can barely see her. It's raining pretty steadily now, too.

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5pm. The rain is making my photos fuzzy. We are totally soaked and chilled - we decide to haul buns to civilization at this point!

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6pm. The trail has brought us to a burn from '92. We are almost to Red's Meadow! A cafe with a hot drink! Ohmygosh!

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7pm. Over 20 miles in the Sierras warrants a hot drink... and a beer. Whew!

It’s ineresting for me to look back and see how our weather changed through the day. I’m excited to try this again later, on a nicer day. I also might do a series of short videos one day and have Aloha put them all together on Youtube so you can “hike with Toots Magoots” for a day. I hope the hour-by-hour today wasn’t too boring!

Here’s some of the shots I took between the hours – they aren’t all I took, of course!

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A pretty flower-scattered meadow with a lake.

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The rain makes everything so vibrant!

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It's snowing!

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Pretties!

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900 miles! Whoa!


Tonight I love the rain. It’s hard work to backpack in it, but it sure makes everything more vibrant!

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5 thoughts on “Day 64: Hour by hour on the PCT

  1. Great idea! I’m going to try this the next time I’m out on a long day. A friend was asking me where I find all these hikes in WA that get you right up in the alpine straight away, because that’s what he had seen in my photos…that’s when I realized that I never take/share photos from the 3000+ feet of thick forest we have to gain at the beginning of almost every hike. :) A photo every hour will be a more honest representation of my day.

  2. Robin I love the photos they are great.Looks like you are really enjoying your journey.Love You.Be safe and have fun.

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