9th August 2015

Mileage 29

Lightning Springs (1836.5) to Bushcamp (1865.5)

I woke to the sound of Keith Urban playing his song ‘who wouldn’t wanna be me’. That just so happened to be my alarm music at 5am. Every other person camping nearby was also awake at the same time. Not because of my alarm but at the hands of their own. Seems we were all venturing up to the rim of the crater to view the sunrise. All except Mr & Mrs Smith.

The sun had not yet risen when I made it to the crater rim. The clouds were a shade of pink and the wind was cool. It was not long before the sun made an appearance. Slowly at first through a bank of distant cloud. Once it started it took only about an hour before the smoke tainted orange glow turned to the more normal bright white ball.

I followed the Rim Trail. An alternate to the PCT that runs somewhat parallel to it but with much better views, even if I did have to put up with occasional sharp steep climbs and descents. The trail followed the rim for several miles before commencing a descent that lasted many miles through woodlands. The miles came easy. At lunch I crossed a main highway. Trail Magic. Pancakes, sugar drinks and beer. There were several other hikers there, many I had never met before. My namesake, ‘The Shepherd’ was also there. I hadn’t seen him for about 1000 miles. That’s crazy. A big thank you to Tank for his hospitality.

I’d already covered 14 miles by midday when I had lunch at the trail magic. When I departed I found myself stopping to pee every mile. I must have been well hydrated! The trail climbed for many miles. From nowhere the trail opened up and I had fantastic views of Mt Theilsen. Volcanic rock and scree littered the side of the mountain. As I rounded the mountain I finally reach the water source. It was 4pm and I hadn’t been able to fill up my water bottles since last nights camp. It was a heavy backpack today, what with the resupply and all my pack was maybe 16kg (35lb). I surely felt it. At the stream I filled up another 5 litres of water to get me through dinner, breakfast and another 16 miles till the next water. I would be dry camping. The term used to describe camping away from a water source.

After hiking 29 miles I set up camp next to the trail with a great view of sunset. It was still early, I could have continued but I thought I’d set up here and await the arrival of Mr & Mrs Smith. They never arrived.  

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

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16 Responses

  1. Bob

    Wow, you are making amazing mileage on a daily basis. Thanks for your regular postings.

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  2. kaseye1991

    Hey Brad, my name is Kasey, I’m from Wollongong, Australia πŸ™‚ I have been following your blog pretty much since your started the PCT and I love it. For someone who has put a deadline on herself (April 2018) it is great to read about an Australian who is being honest about his good and bad days. Its also great to show your blog to my family so they can get an idea about what my life will be like. I can’t wait to see the blog which shows the Manning Park monument. You have done so well and I am sending you great wishes from home – you’re doing everything I can not wait to achieve in 2018. Power on friend!

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    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks for the kind words. Not everyday is great, some days are hard for many reasons but overall it’s an amazing experience. Good luck with your planning and your future hike.

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  3. Roy Beyer

    Is the smoke from all the fires in Calif. or are there fires burning in Oregon….Curious if anyone has seen any mountain lions yet… You are hiking thru their turf..

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    • BikeHikeSafari

      The fires are in both Oregon and California, as for mountain lions, no sightings in Oregon that I’m aware but I heard first hand reports of two hikers who were stalked by a mountain lion for two hours in Northern California.

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