Day 10 – Out to Rainy Pass

“This trip was epic, if not for Parkinson’s I’d have missed it. Never stop fighting, never stop hiking.”  Yours in the fight to whip PD, Derek Congratulations to all of trip #1 and #2 on an epic Pass to Pass adventure well done by all. Brian Bill George AC Brandon Esther Brian Derek Seth Steve…

Day 9 – On to Their Last Camp of the Trip

Derek says, “Today we be a lazy stroll 6 miles and camp just short of the trailhead.”  They are on the move this morning. They will be camping at the same camp they had nine days ago. Meanwhile enjoy the following pictures from trip #1.  

Day 8 – Rejoining the PCT

Derek is writing the blog for me from the trail. I don’t have much to do.  He says this morning, “Longer day today, team getting up early for 8-9 miles…after 2 more miles of uphill we’ll descend into South Fork.” and “Heavy wind last night 11-2, estimate 20-30 mph gusts. Good thing we locked everything…

Day 7 – Up to Rainbow Lake

Derek says from the trail at 7:07 am, “Up and at’em, had bfast, packing up. Will hit trail soon. Headed to Rainbow Lk Mdw…will drop 300 ft then gain 2,000. Team is great and working as a unit.” The PCT can be a pretty dusty trail and can show that it is well used.  My…

Day 6 – Up Rainbow Creek Trail

Brian Lorenson says, “The guys and the llamas caught a four mile ride to the trailhead from Cliff, the Ranch Boss, and headed up the Rainbow Creek Trail this morning. Had a great time with them Monday and Tuesday at the Ranch before jumping on the boat and heading home.”  That’s right, they had to…

Day 5 – Stehekin Valley

Day 5 will be spent exploring the Stehekin Valley.  They will be resting, seeing Rainbow Falls, drinking beer, riding bikes, exploring the Old Stehekin Schoolhouse and eating a real dinner in the lodge.  There is wi-fi so most will be undoubtedly connecting with the outside world.  Click on the map below to explore with them.  And,…

Day 4 – Next Stop, Stehekin

The hikers can smell the Stehekin Bakery [over the smoke?] as they pack up for the push to High Bridge 5 miles ahead, all downhill. We can bet it will be a another smoky day for them.  The five hikers and three llamas plan to lay over the next two nights at Stehekin Valley Ranch….

Day 3 for Trip #2

Hikers of trip #2 had a good layover at South Fork Camp yesterday arriving in camp at 1:30.  I wonder if they say any bears like they did last year.  They are already headed out for the day as I write this.  Their destination is Bridge Creek camp seven miles away, all down hill.  In…

The End is the Beginning

A lot happened yesterday.  One trip ended and another began.  The Trip #1 people finished their hike and passed the llamas off to the Trip #2.  Trip #2 people headed off in the afternoon to get a head start on their hike.  “Making camp south of Rainy Pass and getting ready for the next phase!…

Day 5 – In the Home Stretch

Yesterday’s word from the trail, “Nice lunch spot at Cutthroat Pass! Spectacular mountain landscape. Then just a nice trot down the hill to the camp below the pass.”  Today’s word, “Leaving a pretty, if buggy, camp and heading for Rainy Pass. It’s been a Great trip!” This is the last day of their adventure. It…

Day 4 – Trail Camp or Bust

This today they will leave Spring Camp for Trail Camp Six miles ahead.  They will start the day on the North slope of a giant drainage and spend a good part of the day traversing clockwise around to the head of the valley. They will pass to the East side of the cascade crest at…

Day 3 – Up to Spring Camp

They got into camp on the Methow river about 3:30 pm yesterday. Today they have a pretty good uphill. 5.7 miles to Spring camp. They will gain 2,200 feet and camp again at around 6,000 feet with wonderful views from camp if the smoke is not too bad. One of the hikers in the group…