Camp, Day 30 *Update*
Saturday, Aug 30, 2008 08:04 PM
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What a day! Another exceptional day on the PCT. Today we hiked into Timberline Lodge, located on Mt. Hood. The first we was of Mt. Hood was in Jefferson Park, about 80 miles ago. We saw it from a mountian top in that Park. Since then the trail has made a bee line for Mt. Hood, but because of the forests, we have only got a few peaks at it through the trees.
Knowing what was in store for us, we got an early start (7:30). We hiked 14 miles with only a few short breaks. The last two miles involved a steap 2000 foot climb. But we got there. Mt. Hood is a massive moutian that we got to inspect up close. Great views.
It was the coldest hike I have done for a long time. The wind was up and just about froze my hands, since I use my hands to hold my walking sticks. It was sure great to get to the lodge, to warm up, if nothing else.
But there was a lot more. First, we had a very expensive lunch. Then we got our resupply box. Also, we got a new hammic for Weslay. Its a specal one made for long distance hikers. It includes a complete mosquitoe net and a rain cover. The maker claims that it can be set up in 5 minutes and taken down in 1 minute. We played with it for at least an hour. We also packed our new supply of food.
As we sat in the warm lodge, a storm started to gather outside. The lodge didn't have a room for us, so we had to leave. Acording to our data, a good campsite (with a shelter) could be found 4 miles down the trail, so we left the warm lodge at 5:40 pm. And walked into a pending storm. It was really cold and windy.
Four miles should have taken about an hour and 20 minutes. We walked until just before 8:00, droping and climbing a 1000 feet. We never found the campsite with a nice shelter. We are not sure where we are, but we think we hiked over 6 miles from the lodge.
We got Wesley's new hammic set up and our tent up right before it started to rain. Set up in the dark I might add. Boy, its cold. But what a long fun day.