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Training Log Archive: Rob1280

In the 7 days ending Apr 29:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hike7 32:00:00 79.29(24:13) 127.6(15:03)
  Total7 32:00:00 79.29(24:13) 127.6(15:03)

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Sunday Apr 29 #

6 AM

Hike 5:00:00 [3] 19.9 km (15:05 / km)
shoes: Saucony peregrine 7

Day 6- day of freezing cold wind and hot sun. The wind continued howling as we got up early despite a beautiful sunrise and we continued to hike through the morning. We were forced to wear our fleece tops under our wind jackets to keep warm. At 6 miles we start a really steep decent that lasted for 2km that dropped us down to the desert floor where we were able to find a sheltered spot for lunch. After lunch we decided to get going earlier than normal as the the temperatures weren’t that high. The trail builder loves ridges and contours and they took us on a windy tour of a barren mountain where we saw another two snakes before we found a camp for the evening at 68.4 miles, second day/night without water, but thankfully we have carried sufficient to see us through to lunch tomorrow. Days distance 12.4 miles, 19.9km. Total distance 111.5km

Saturday Apr 28 #

6 AM

Hike 5:30:00 [3] 23.2 km (14:13 / km)
shoes: Saucony peregrine 7

Day 5: after a pretty windy and cold night we set off early feeling good that we had had a shorter day yesterday, but packs heavy with 5.5 days of food loaded up. The terrain changed from forest to mountain desert scrub/bushes and the trail followed the top of an escarpment type ridge-line for the rest of the day while slowly descending, our pace was good but a strong wind picked up early on and by the time we stopped for lunch it was howling and freezing cold. We got our down jackets on even though the sun was sunning. Two sections hikers stopped by at the picnic sight and shared some beers with all the PCT hikers taking a break there and then we also got some snacks from another trail angel. Shortly after that we rushed off to escape the wind and find our camp site for the evening around mile 56. We found a small valley with a few small site in between some boulders which proved to be a great site sheltering us from the wind. Hoping that the night isn’t too cold. We’ve been eating dehydrated vegetables with instant rice or mashed potato (much better than smash) and a packet of tuna or other protein, followed by a nice cup of tea. Days distance 14.5miles, 23.2km, total distance 91.7km.

Friday Apr 27 #

6 AM

Hike 2:30:00 [3] 8.0 km (18:45 / km)
shoes: Saucony peregrine 7

Day 4. We planned a ‘nero’ day which is the term used for a day that’s not quite a zero km day. Mount Laguna was just 5 miles away, we woke in our own time and set off at a comfortable pace reaching the campsite in just on 2.5hrs. The vegetation changed to forest as we approached the camp ground and we spotted a view woodpeckers along the way. At Laguna, camp sites go for $25 a night for 8 people so we combined with more than 8 others and the site was paid for by one of them refusing to let any others contribute. For lunch we hiked 1/2 mile into town for a burger at the local diner, bought some food supplies at the trading post where all hikers were given a free ice lolly and then posted some of our extra kit down the trail to lighten our load for only $9 (somehow we got a lucky discount), this postage box can be ‘bounced’ on to other destinations if unopened for free. We then went back to our site to find some guy offering beers to all PCT hikers which we enjoyed. Water stops for the next 70 miles look few and far between, but we’ve planned well and hoping that things work out for us. Days distance 5 miles, 8km, total distance 68.5km.

Thursday Apr 26 #

6 AM

Hike 5:00:00 [3] 20.8 km (14:25 / km)
shoes: Saucony peregrine 7

Day 3. We tried to start a little earlier but only managed to get going by 6.15, it was a beautiful morning for hiking with a gentle down hill to the valley floor and across to the interstate 80. We stopped at a small camp ground to fill up with water with no further water stops for the rest of our day our packs were rather heavy. Then the climbing started, gradual but consistent with the heat starting to hit us again around 10am. We hiked through dry semi arid mountainous terrain the whole day stopping to avoid the mid day sun at 9 miles in. A group of hikers began to gather, most seeming to carry far less then us, we chatted to one or two of them. Then for another 4 miles to our camp for the day on top of another ridge line with an amazing sunset. The day was not without surprise as we were climbing out the last valley in the hot afternoon sun we came upon a medium sized rattle snake! After much hissing and rattling he slithered off too the side rather irritated with us, then another one just around the next corner! Putting us on edge. Bron picked up some small blisters on her baby toes but we seem to have managed them fine at this stage. Camped out at mile 36. Days distance 13 miles, 20.8km. Further than our 5 day hike in the berg. Total 60.5km

Wednesday Apr 25 #

6 AM

Hike 5:00:00 [3] 20.0 km (15:00 / km)
shoes: Saucony peregrine 7

Day 2 - we woke up in our own time and it took us an hour or so to get going, leaving at 6.45. The day started with numerous rabbit sitings and many lizards along the way. We started descending down to Hauser Creek a popular camp site after that a 1,000m gain on a long climb out of the valley in hot conditions, we arrived at lake Morena around 12pm, a pretty run down camp site with lots of RV’s and caravans one of which claimed to be “Pooh bears castle”. We took a shower ate some lunch and rested up before heading off for another 3 miles to a beautiful camp site at 23 miles on top of a ridge line. Days Distance 12.5 miles / 20km.

Tuesday Apr 24 #

11 AM

Hike 5:00:00 [3] 19.7 km (15:14 / km)
shoes: Saucony peregrine 7

Day 1: campo to trailhead and then down trail to small creek for water and lunch and to avoid the heat. Then to a camp alongside the trail at 10.9miles. Total distance 12.3miles, 19.7km. Hiked in range of 2 other couples of similar age, 1 from Switzerland/Uk and the other from Arkansas. A few others out on the trail as well. We hiked a bit further than planned for the first day and carried loads of water as camp site didn’t have a supply. Camped out on our own. Packs are a bit heavier then ideal I think, we will figure out what luxuries we don’t really need and send back to LA soon. Terrain is dry scrub type bushes with many valleys and koppies around. Trails makers we sure to follow all the contours do climbs were gradual but long and windy.

Monday Apr 23 #

2 PM

Hike 4:00:00 [3] 16.0 km (15:00 / km)

San Diego is a cool city! Spent a fair bit of time exploring the city and harbour by car and then walked to the San Diego zoo from the Airbnb around the zoo and various museums and back home.

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