30th August 2015
Bushcamp (2376.0) to Snoqualamie Pass (2401.9)
Miles to Canada 258.2 (415km)
The intermittent rain woke me numerous times during the night. When morning dawned I could’ve easily slept in. It was just that kind of morning but I was motivated to hike the 26 miles to Snoqualamie Pass. It promised showers, laundry, a bed and good food.
Just as I started to pack up the tent the rain returned heavier than it was during the night. My damp tent became a soaking wet tent as I packed it into my pack. Tents are so heavy when they are wet.
My backpack is not waterproof. To keep things dry I line the inside of my pack with 2 trash bags. They work great and keep everything dry. To prevent my wet tent soaking everything I place the tent inside my pack at the top but on the outside of the waterproof bags.
The rain continued at a steady rate all morning. My feet were the only part of me that was wet. My rain gear kept me dry. To regulate my body temperature and prevent sweating I constantly find myself putting on and taking off my beanie or thermal headware, I’m not sure what North Americans call it.
I also found myself wearing my gloves then taking them off. Regretfully, I didn’t pack my dishwashing gloves to make them waterproof, so I would pack my trekking poles away and pull my gloved hands up inside my rainproof jacket. Warm dry hands.
It was afternoon before the rain eased. I was still dry and happy, just my feet were soaking wet. I was unable to get my camera out and take photos during the morning, it was just too wet. I’m hoping the rain is doing some serious damage to the fires ahead of me.
By late afternoon and with only a couple of miles to go my body started to shut down. I needed sugar. My energy levels were very low and I had already eaten all my snacks. The only food I had left needed to be cooked. I decided to keep moving at an embarrassingly slow rate.
When I did stagger into Snoqualamie Pass I made my way directly to the gas station to get some Dr Pepper. It’s amazing that within less than 5 minutes my body responded and my energy level returned.
I caught up with several hikers I haven’t seen for hundreds of miles or in some cases thousands of miles. My hiking miles in recent weeks has me catching and or passing many people. It’s been great to meet some old hiking buddies and meet new ones.
Tomorrow I head north again towards Stevens Pass. At this stage it will be the end of my unbroken line of footsteps from the Mexican border. Over the next 3-4 days I’ll be trying to seek out the latest information on the fire closures, what roads are open and what alternative trails I could take to continue my unbroken line to Canada.