Daily Archives: July 20, 2013

July 20, 2013

Day 95: Ridge near White Ridge Spring [mp 1534.67]

Could not wake up and didn’t get on the trail until 8:30am. Phone was almost dead so I had to walk up the trail a bit and park the solar charge in a sunbeam while I packed stuff up.

I could tell that today was already going to be too hot for cutoffs so back to the gray shorts it was.

There were a lot of gnats flying in my face all morning. I couldn’t wait for the trail to start climbing out of the oak trees so the damn things would go away.

Stopped at a spring and made lunch/way early dinner. Read more of the Questlove book, it sure is good. A hiker I met last night said “yeah, books really eat up the miles in a day”.

Today was, I think, the first day of the entire trip where I didn’t talk to a single person, nor even had the chance. Once the trail was on the ridge I could see some lakes below with dirt roads to them.

At Lake Letsgetfuckedup I could hear faint voices yelling. It is Saturday night after all. I was surprised their voices carried that far up to the ridge where I was at.

After the climbing stopped I stashed my poles in my pack. I’ve kind of liked not hiking with them, the only time I really like them is going uphill. The rest of the time they are kind of a pain.

Got water from a spring and made camp on a ridge top. I have a nice view of Mt. Shasta. Unlike my camp last night, this one is totally exposed so I know I wouldn’t sleep in tomorrow.

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7:50am
Camp last night
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9:28am
This sign was missing all info

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9:47am
Hiking in the scrub oaks...a lot of gnats hang out in your face here
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10:08am
Another hungry tree

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It is very hot today

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Nice boulder placement
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11:55am

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12:57pm
My mid-day water source
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Castle Crags

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5:24pm

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I forget the name of this lake

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6:56pm
Seven and Lower Seven lake.
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7:09pm

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..and here is today's sign vandalized by mountain bikers.
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That is a big gun

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Vintage communication method
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It had been fun to notice the moon changing every night
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This spring just popped out from under a rock..tasty water

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Long exposure on my other camera of my sleeping bag and Mt. Shasta. You will have to wait a few months to see the actual photo.