Resting above Seiad Vally, after one of the biggest climbs on the PCT

Day 20. Friday, August 10, 2007

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Start: Seiad Valley

Miles Hiked: 23.5

Stop: Slightly South of California's Northern Border

(N 41 56.848, W 123 01.327)

Audio Journal

We actually got up at 5:30. Things were a little wet. Off and hiking by 6:30. Deacon met us on the trail, and started with us. But then he took a short cut.

This trail was amazing. The first part was a 5000 foot climb. The first few miles were covered in poison oak. We even passed two sets of PCTer on the way up. (They passed us back later). We hiked and hiked all day long. There were more climbs and drops.

By dinner, we had some trouble finding water. We found it, but it was a good thing we have a new pump. I would not have been happy if we only had the bleach to purify the water.

Today was the most up-hill and distance I have ever hiked with a full backpack. And I feel good. So does Ken.

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Klamath River as we do our 5000 foot climb out of Seiad Valley.
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Thatís me on the way up to a lookout.
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A well deserved rest after most of our 5000 fool climb is over. Note the fire lookout in the distance.
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The trail continues up. Note the trail is also on the mountains in the distance.
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Thatís Seiad Valley and Klamath River far below. What a morning's hike!
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Up on the crest, again.
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More crest views.
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We are fully North of Mt. Shasta.
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This section is dry for the first 10 miles or so. Finally we spot water.
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Deer...
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More crest walking.
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I am searching for a water hole that is suppose to be around here...
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We finally found the water hole. It is a good thing we have a new pump and filter.