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Tagged With: White Pass

Day 129: We’re All in This Together

September 6, 2015
Hwy 12 – White Pass (2303.0) to Snow Lake (2313.0)
10.0 PCT miles today
2347.6 miles total
Today’s Elevation Gain/Loss: + 1,409 ft, – 932 ft

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Morning neroes are the best. It brings so much relief to know that you only have to get in about 10 miles in a day, and you’re left with the whole morning to sleep in, eat, pack up, and relax. Today was especially enjoyable because of the huge crowd of hikers that were all gathered in the store/restaurant at White Pass. Hikers kept rolling in throughout the morning, wet, cold, and exhausted, and the rest of us greeted them with applause, conversation and hot food. After lunch, when we finally left to get back on trail, we made the rounds saying goodbye to our friends and giving each other one more pat on the back for a job well done through Goat Rocks. We were all feeling especially celebratory about the trail being open all the way Canada, and today more than ever before, it feels like we’re truly in the home stretch.

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Day 128: Are We There Yet?

September 5, 2015 (24th Re-Ration – White Pass)
Tentsite before Hidden Spring (2293.1) to Hwy 12 – White Pass (2303.0)
9.9 PCT miles today
2337.6 miles total
Today’s Elevation Gain/Loss: + 1,574 ft, – 2,334 ft

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We assumed that when we finally got to camp last night we were out of the worst of it and that the 10 remaining miles that we needed to hike into town today would be on standard downhill dirt trail. Instead, the morning held yet another adventure in snow, ridge-lines, ice and mud. By the time we finally got to White Pass at 11am we were haggard, wet, freezing cold and forming that obnoxious, futile question in our minds and on our lips: “Are we there yet?” We know that we’re supposed to be enjoying every moment of this experience, but sometimes enough is enough, and today we felt more than just a little ready to reach that Canadian border and be done with all the daily discomforts and seemingly endless miles.

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Day 127: A Recipe for Adventure

September 4, 2015
Tentsite before Walupt Lake Trail Junction (2269.1) to Tentsite before Hidden Spring (2293.1)
24.0 PCT miles today
2327.7 miles total
Today’s Elevation Gain/Loss: + 5,036 ft, – 5,297 ft

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You’ll want to begin with a beautiful and epic wilderness area. Sprinkle in some unique wildlife, like mountain goats, llamas, and marmots. Add in 2 passes, one of which must follow a steep and narrow ridge with cliffs on either side. And finally, stir it all together with freezing temperatures and an afternoon snowstorm. It may end in disaster, but if it doesn’t, you will have something with just the right balance of fun, beauty, challenge, and discomfort that it will become the adventure you talk about for years to come.

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Day 124: A Morning Nero

September 1, 2015
Crest Horse Camp – Trout Lake (2205.8) to Deer Lake (2216.7)
10.9 PCT miles today
2253.7 miles total
Today’s Elevation Gain/Loss: + 2,149 ft, – 828 ft

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It only took us 2,200 miles and 4 months to finally figure out how to make the most of a nero. In the past, we’ve almost always taken afternoon neros, where we would hike in the morning, be picked up between noon and 2, spend the afternoon and night in town, and then get back on trail the next morning. But just recently we’ve started taking morning neros, first in Bend, then in Portland, and now today. This nero was our first of this kind with Mama Bear and we loved it. We got picked up at the end of our day yesterday, had the night to eat, get clean, relax a bit and sleep, and then had all morning to sleep in, make breakfast and sit around feeling refreshed and being incredibly productive. Our afternoon miles flew by and now we’re back in our tent, feeling rested, clean, and more than ready to face the next 86 miles to White Pass.

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