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Tagged With: Cathedral Pass

Day 136: A Marathon Finish

September 13, 2015
Junction of Two Creeks past Cathedral Pass (2450.8) to Steven’s Pass – Skykomish (2476.0)
25.2 PCT miles
2510.6 miles total
Today’s Elevation Gain/Loss: + 5,712 ft, – 6,957 ft

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Throughout this hike I’ve appreciated the contrast and comparison of hiking the PCT to running a marathon. Since the PCT is about 2,600 miles, and a marathon is about 26 miles, this particular comparison has worked well. I’ve only run one full marathon in my life, the Chicago Marathon back in 2008, and I can’t say I ran it particularly well. But my body and mind went through certain stages that I haven’t forgotten to this day, and to some extent, they have mirrored quite well the sensations I’ve experienced on the PCT. Being around mile 2450 on the PCT feels remarkably similar to being on mile 24.5 of a marathon. Of course, if this were a marathon the bizarre physical and mental sensations we’re experiencing would last for another 15 minutes or so, but out here we get to experience them for another 10 days. If you love running marathons but are looking for something more, might I suggest a 5 month thru-hike of the PCT. more

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Day 135: Testing Our Limits

September 12, 2015
Seasonal stream past Lemah Meadow trail junction (2424.7) to Junction of Two Creeks past Cathedral Pass (2450.8)
26.1 PCT miles today
2485.4 miles total
Today’s Elevation Gain/Loss: + 6,137 ft, – 4,582 ft

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Today was all about endurance. There’s no other way of putting it….today was downright hard. The whole day was spent climbing up and over two separate passes, Waptus and Cathedral, and my feet hurt the entire time. Today was hard mentally, too. The views were less impressive, and as we dropped down in elevation off our first pass, the trail became dry, dusty, and overgrown with yellowed, brittle plants. Add to this the fact that it was over 90 degrees most of the day, and you get two hikers who felt as though they couldn’t get to Canada soon enough. more

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