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PCT Day 94 Exhaustion sets in

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19th July 2015

Mileage 23.8

Bushcamp (1482.7) to Castle Crags Campground (1506.5)

My eyelids were heavy and didn’t want to respond to the call of the morning. My body was likewise, an unwilling participant in the morning duties of packing up camp. I realised that my body is not ready to continually smash out big miles. The 30 plus miles yesterday hurt me, I felt it today.

The first miles of the morning was peaceful, too peaceful. Not a sound to be heard. No traffic, no industry, no planes flying overhead. Even the birds and insects were silent. At one point I stopped mid trail. I could hear not a sound. In this world that is a very rare experience. 

The day warmed quickly, as has been the case in recent days. The trail provided plenty of shade with tall pine trees and lush undergrowth. After crossing several streams and climbing to the high point for the day we all stopped to enjoy lunch.

In front of us was Mt Shasta, a large volcano and several other smaller conical mountains. Much nearer to us was Castle Crags, an aptly named craggy outcrop near the roadside stop of Castella, our goal for the day.

I ate the last of my food. It wasn’t very much and thankfully Mr Smith threw me an energy bar to top up the calories I would need to make it the next 10 miles. Unfortunately I didn’t eat enough food for the day.

My energy levels were low. Have you ever seen the marathon runners staggering within sight of the finish line? I was close to that when I reached Castle Crags Campground. I looked and felt like death warmed up. At this point I had been hiking so slow I ran out of water too.

There is a campsite reserved for PCT hikers. Teflon greeted me. I drank and ate some food. I could feel the nourishment entering my body. Thirty minutes later I felt human and made my way to the store to pick up something to eat for dinner. 

By 8pm I was fed and watered. I felt energised. In reflection, when I arrived at the campsite I was more exhausted than I had ever been, a couple of hours later with lots of water and food in me I felt great. The human body is amazing with what it will do. 

10am
Mt Shasta
Castle Crags
Mile 1500

Next : Day 95 The Castle Crags Vortex

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Brad is an Australian who has completed the hiking Triple Crown after he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail. He has hiked on every continent (except Antarctica) and has cycled from Alaska to Ecuador. He is an expert on outdoor gear currently living in Chile.

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4 thoughts on “PCT Day 94 Exhaustion sets in”

  1. Great. I am researching new packs right now. The Exos is at the top of my list. I have so many more questions for you. Paul and I are really enjoying your photos and writing. Thank-you for bringing us along, even when you must be exhausted and famished.

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  2. Nice selfie. You don’t look so tired! Just wondering about those bottle holders on your shoulder straps. Where can I get them?

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