Bearcant's 2005 Pacific Crest Trail Misadventure
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Northern California
Starting: Section R1 - Seiad Valley RV Park
Ending:  Section R3 - Mile 1683.5

Got a late start today - had to wait for the store to open. Decided to skip the famous Seiad Pancake Challenge: eat 5 pancakes, each weighing 1 pound, and your breakfast is free. The thought of hiking out with a belly distended from pounds of cheap, syrup & butter soaked pancakes wasn't very appetizing.

It is a long hike up & out of Seiad Valley- a 4,400-foot climb in the heat of the day. The water source at the top is called Lookout Spring. The name does not refer to the view, but is instead a warning: a large rattlesnake lives here- look out!

This afternoon I was nearly trampled by 2 galloping horses sans riders. Moments later I heard the 3rd runaway struggling in the thick manzanita bushes beside the trail. I could see that his left foreleg was wedged in a forked manzanita branch. Soaked with sweat, he had been frantically struggling for quite a while & looked ready to collapse.

I cautiously climbed up to him, careful not to get under his immense girth. I tried to calm & reassure him by talking in a soft voice & stroking his head. It worked. Taking a closer look at his trapped leg I saw that it was bleeding badly & that it would take several people working together to free him.

Hoping the owner was within earshot I yelled "help" several times. Amazingly the owners heard me and came running down the trail. Working together the 3 of us managed to break the branch pinning his (Kenobi) leg & set him free. His leg looked pretty banged up but not broken. The owners thanked me for the help & then continued their pursuit of the other fugitives, Kenobi in tow...


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9:08:01 AM
Mile: 1665

2:43:13 PM
Mile: 1677

2:58:03 PM
Mile: 1677

3:16:34 PM
Mile: 1678

7:35:14 PM
Mile: 1686
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