Crest Walking

Day 14. Saturday, August 4, 2007

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Start: Mosquito Creek

Miles Hiked: 24.8

Stop: Statue Creek

(N 41 18.843, W 122 58.547)

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A long day. Started hiking at 6:30, and didn’t stop until 8:00. Our pump is fully broke now, so our breaks were short since we are taking the water right out of the springs and creeks. We took about an hour off for lunch.

This is probably the longest I day I have ever hiked with a backpack.

The trails are no longer flat. They are not like the trails of 5 days ago. These trails are comparable to Sierra trails. Hard and long climbs over passes, and then big drops on the other side.

The scenery was just great. Walked along the crest. Walked along cliffs where the trail builders had to use dynamite to blast the rock. The trail over looked huge valleys and lots of lakes. Ken counted nine separate valleys that we walked over. There was one point in which a huge “window” through the mountains opened up, where we could see 100 miles or more to the East. Just great stuff.

Still the day was a hard one for me. I am noticing that I am stronger in my legs and cardiovascular system than ever before. My legs don’t burn as I climb and I don’t run out of breath. However, now my problem is that my digestive system cannot keep up with the demands of producing energy, so I get a sour stomach and some nausea.

Ken is totally tuned up. He is running up and down these trials. As you can probably tell, we are pretty proud of ourselves.

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Leaving the lake that we stayed out last night.
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The trail is so nice.
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Back on top of the world.
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Shasta is still with us.
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Having a good look around at a milestone.
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More beauty.
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These mountains are so pleasant. We will be on that range in a day or two.
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A view to the valley below where a few people live.
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The trail is on the crest, which gives us beautiful views.
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Even more crest walking.
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Amazing views.
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The crest is not always flat. In fact its almost never flat.
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Typical views.
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This is the Russian Wilderness. Its a huge valley that we transversed.
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More trail in the Russian Wilderness. Note how it raises.
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See the trail that we climbed. Lots more to go at this point.
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We crossed the mountain at the far end of this gorge about 2 hours ago.
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More views of the gorge/valley that we transversed in the Russian Wilderness.