Sunday, May 5, 2013

Day 14 - Magic Man Departs 4/30

By Hedgehog

Starting Mileage: 166.5
Ending Mileage: 181

We started our last day with Magic Man with coffee and breakfast at The Red Kettle.
Then he dropped us at the side trail we had come down from the night before on his way to the airport and home.

With full packs and 5 days worth of food we climbed back up to the PCT. I mentioned my lack of altitude adjustment in the previous post.

It raised its head fairly quickly on this hike. Once we were back on the PCT we continued climbing about another 4000' so that we ended up around 8000'

Don't misunderstand me, while the hike was grueling at times it provided the best scenery yet. There was strange fluorescent moss, giant pines, views of the surrounding landscape for miles, and the mountains themselves were picturesque.

It was sad to see Magic Man leave but it was also the beginning of our hike without the safety net / awesomeness of having him around.

That night we planned for the next few days by headlamps in the tent before going to sleep.

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