9/11-16/18

9/11-16/18 from Holden to Manning Park Canada.

9/11/18 This morning I took the bus to the ferry landing. The ferry took us across Lake Chalan to Stehekin where we could get back on the trail.

While there the weather report was for snow, rain and temperatures into the 30’s the next 5 days With my previous experience of hypothermia on the trail and light weight equipment I feared that would be to difficult for me. I let my fellow hikers know that I was not going to continue and started making plans to fly home. 9/12/18 Hiked 11 miles. I wrestle with that decision through the night and in the morning after closer review of the weather report I decided to continue on. I got together with Boy Scouts 1 $ 2 then dropped by the bakery for a few treats and headed up the road to get back on the trail.

9/13/18 I hiked 18 miles with Boy Scouts. At Rainy Pass there was another reroute. Earlier in the year the trail closed there and that would’ve been the end of the journey. Someone had build a miniature Northern Terminus set it at the pass.

9/14/18. Hiked 24.9 miles. Well the weather was colder. Found frosting in my tent in the morning and the ground was frozen. We have snow showers during the day but no accumulation. Passed 2600 mile mark and the last big climb of the trail.

In Washington there are many unusual mushrooms because the damp and cool climate.

9/15/18. 24.4 miles. 10.6 miles to the Canadian border and then another 8 miles to Manning Park. I was cold during the night so twice a heated water put in my water bottle and put it inside my sleeping bag to warm me up. That works really well.

We hiked just about two miles and came onto some trail magic of pancakes, a hot fire to sit around and hot chocolate.

We continued on and found that the packers are bringing in hunters for the first day of high hunt in Washington. This was a staging area at Harts pass

We hiked on through the day with a little rain.

We realized it would be our last our last night on the trail and our last camp set up. We both happy and sad to see our journey coming to an end.

9/16/18 hiked 10.6 miles to the northern terminus of the Pacific crest Trail then about 8 miles to Manning Provincial Park in British Columbia Canada.

It was a cold night last night again with my wet equipment. Again twice during the night I heated water and put it in my water bottle to keep me warm. I slept poorly partly due to temperature and partly knowing I would finish the next day.

In the morning when I woke up the sun was shining it was a beautiful time. That was short-lived however because the clouds came back and began to rain heavier as the morning progressed. About the time we got to the northern terminus the rain stops. In the morning when he woke up the sun was shining it was a beautiful time. That was short-lived however because the clouds came back and began to rain heavier as the morning progressed. About the time we got to the northern terminus the rain stopped. After some celebration we continued on about 8 miles to Manning Park where the Boy Scouts families were waiting for them.

5 thoughts on “9/11-16/18”

  1. CONGRATULATIONS Jack!!!!! I’ve avidly followed you the entire way. I’m so proud of you being in such good shape and taking on such a challenge at 70.!!!!! Now get back to work! LOL

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  2. Hey Jack, congrats on your perseverance and positive attitude throughout the past six months of adventure. Looking forward to upcoming Nordic ski season with you here in the Sierra. Cheers, Bill Lawrence

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