Bearcant's 2005 Pacific Crest Trail Misadventure
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Central California
Starting: Section J5 - Sagebrush Saddle
Ending:  Section K2 - South Lake Tahoe

I hiked for 37 miles today! Didn't plan on doing such a big day- it just happened, with a little help from Mother Nature.

I heard the first patter of raindrops around 4 am. This was soon followed by a stiffening breeze, which grew into gale force proportions. This is the risk you take when camping on an exposed saddle.

I was warm & dry- my new Bibler Tripod bivy I picked up in Mammoth is bombproof. Cookie Monster, who sleeps out in the open, & Metrognome, who neither staked out his tent nor put up his rainfly, were not as fortunate. I heard them struggling to pack up their wet & wind-flapping gear shortly after the storm began.

We had joked the night before about getting up early and doing the 37 into South Lake Tahoe. I packed up at 6. Having given them a 2-hour head start, I headed out at a quick pace determined to catch them.

I found myself at Carson Pass (21 miles) by 2 having passed Metrognome and shifted my goal from catching Cookie Monster to simply making 30 miles. The 30-mile point came & went. Yes, I was going for it. I was going to do the 37 to Echo Lake. I never saw Cookie Monster.

I reached Echo Lake at 8:30 in high spirits where I planned to call The South Shore Inn for a ride. The absence of a dial tone, the excruciating silence, on BOTH pay phones nearly killed me. Getting ready to cry myself to sleep on the hard pavement near the Store/Lodge, I remembered that the Echo Lake Youth camp was just down the road. I double timed it there and found a working phone.

Ziggy, the proprietor of The South Shore Inn, picked me up within 20 minutes. Ziggy is AWESOME!

Clean body, clean sheets, & bad television....


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10:25:25 AM
Mile: 1099
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