Racing Winter on the Pacific Crest Trail – Day 161

​Day- 161

Date- 9/23/16

Location- Side of trail

Elevation-  4,603 ft

Distance Traveled Today-  25.4 miles

Distance Traveled Total-  2,457.3 miles

Weather/Temp-  rainy,  sleeting, foggy, 40s 50s

Injuries- none

Pain level- low

Spirits/Morale- soaked and cold

Days without shower- 3

Hunger/craving- High


I took no pictures today, but I’ll put some overflow from the last two days on here.

It rained most of the night,  then rained, hailed, and sleeted all day today.  I must confess that today was probably the most physically challenging day since the Sierra Nevada. The climbs were long,  steep, and constant.  With the addition of cold, and wet weather, it made for a very long day.

All views were non existent,  which is a shame,  because we hit no small amount of vistas only to be faced with whiteout fog.  If I could describe Katana with one word today,  that word would be wreckingball, because she was unstoppable. I actually made her walk behind me because I couldn’t hang with her furious pace.

Despite the cold and rain,  we actually took a lot of breaks,  snack breaks.  My hunger was ravenous,  and I needed constant energy boosts to contend with the barrage of climbs.

For the first time since the Sierra Nevada, I found myself falling down a lot.  If it wasn’t chunks of rock,  it was slick mud. I hit the ground hard probably a half dozen times,  one time smacking my knee hard on a fallen log.

We hiked until early dark, then set up camp in the rain,  utterly exhausted.  My feet are killing me from all the rock.  My shoes no longer provide adequate protection and the tread is all but gone.  I thought I could take them all the way,  but I was wrong.

We’re only 4.5 miles from a road into town, and I’m looking forward to getting new shoes and some rest. I can’t believe how tired I am. Some of the fatigue probably stems from running out of food today.  I thought it would only take 3 days to do this 70 mile stretch,  but I couldn’t pull it off.  I packed my food very accordingly and ran out mid afternoon today.  Four miles should be nothing on an empty stomach tomorrow morning.

Go to day 162.

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