Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Stretch 9: Worn out shoes and wilderness raves

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Yeti’s Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog

15th to 24th July: South Lake Tahoe to Chester

 

Day 70 – Mile 1091 to 1098

Spent the night in South Lake Tahoe. Did most of my chores yesterday, including sending off my ice axe to friends in Canada.

Had a free pizza with a beer purchase for lunch then started the long saga to get back to the trail. 1.5 hours waiting for a bus then another 1.5 hours trying to hitch. Eventually got back on trail at 5pm and just did a couple of hours hiking before making camp.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Fire in the sky!

Day 71 –Mile 1098 to 1126

Started the day walking past Lake Aloha which was so beautiful in the morning light. Still partially iced over.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Lake Aloha


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Lake Aloha

Caught up with ‘The Cans’ [Madison and Jackpot] in the morning then with Colten at the night’s camp spot. Camped up high overlooking Lake Tahoe. Big day hiking 45km, which will start to become the norm.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Campsite view out to Lake Tahoe


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Campsite view out to Lake Tahoe

Day 72 –Mile 1126 to 1153

I ran into about 30 “south bounders” today. Lots were hiking in the opposite direction having skipped from the sierra mountains up to Ashland on the border of California and Oregon, to avoid the raging rivers until the snow had melted.

At lunch I found out that the restaurant at Donner Pass Ski Resort was still open, so the race was on to make it in time.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Crossing under ski lifts

Pretty quick next few miles, but it turned out that it was open to 9pm anyway so I ended up with plenty of time. Started with a beer or two, then a burger, rum and apple pie with ice cream to finish. So good! Stumbled a little way back up the trail for a camp site.

Day 73 –Mile 1153 to 1180

Spent some time hiking with ‘Shakedown’ who I met a couple of days ago. Quite similar pace and pretty relaxed so it was good to chat.

It ended up being another big day hiking 43km, with the hope of making it into Sierra City by lunch tomorrow. Will need an early start which I have been slack with lately.

Day 74 –Mile 1180 to 1202

Early start at 5:30am straight into Sierra City by 11:30am. I devoured a massive burger called the “Gut Buster”, which did exactly that.

Only needed a little resupply as I had about 3 days of food left plus generous extras from Shakedown who had too much in his resupply. I should now make it through to Chester without having to stop at Quincy. Left town at 2:30pm straight up a big climb.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Mile 1200

Still managed 35km of hiking even with 3 hours in town. Camped with The Cans, Shakedown and Fresh.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Campsite views


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Sunset at campsite

Day 75 –Mile 1202 to 1230

Lots of haze about from a bush fire that we’d found out about yesterday. The fire was  a couple of hundred miles away, so it was just smoke being blown a long way. Felt great until lunch but then struggled all afternoon. My shoes are completely dead and pack sagging badly without much support. Can’t wait to hit Chester in a few more days to replace both.

Day 76 –Mile 1230 to 1256

Just another day getting miles done but also passed the 2,000km mark.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

2,000km. Yay!

Managed to hike 42 km. A bit of a struggle – I nearly camped after 35km but it was still early and I decided it would be good to get a big climb done. Could get to Beldon tomorrow, but I decided breakfast in town sounds better than dinner so will get in early Sunday.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Who doesn’t love a good arch bridge?

Day 77 –Mile 1256 to 1280

Met back up with Nacho, Colten and Wilder after they had a quick stop in the town of Quincy. They pushed on to get to a rave party that we’d heard was happening on the PCT trail on the way into Belden.

I had to cowboy camp with Jackpot and Madison on top of the ridge in a tiny spot about 4 miles out. Didn’t keep me awake but I could just hear the music from where we were.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Cowboy camping was the only way to fit the 3 of us on the hill!

Day 78 – Mile 1280 to 1307

Went through the rave at about 6:30am while it was still raging. People camped out everywhere. Apparently they do it 11 times a year!

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

PCT trail passed through a rave that had been going for a couple of days. Had to get a pass from security to get through.


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Rave on the river. Kind of insane. People were still partying hard at 7am.

Went down to Caribou Crossroads cafe for breakfast which was nice and relaxing with more locals around. Mini resupply for a few items including an energy drink which powered me through the afternoon. Big 5,000 feet [1,500m]  hill to climb and didn’t get started until 10am. Hot and humid reminding me of Brisbane. Solo camp about 34km out from the road to Chester.

Day 79 –Mile 1307 to 1329

Up early to get to Chester as soon as possible but struggled all morning.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Thanks for the directions!

Went past the halfway marker which left me with mixed emotions. Good and bad at the same time, not really sure why.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Halfway


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Halfway!

Made it to the road by 2:30pm to find some trail angels giving out ice blocks and beer! They also gave me a lift into town right to the post office. Picked up my new shoes and pack which is awesome! Shoes have been falling apart and the pack has lost all of its support.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog South Lake Tahoe to Chester

New shoes!!

Made it to the church in town that was offering free camping out the back and had a nice little setup for hikers.

Maps

Where the bloody hell is he?

PCT map halfway

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