PCT Day 18 – Fuller Ridge
8.1 miles, near 187.5
We packed up from the campground and got a hitch back to the trail at 815, then had to climb 2.5 miles back to the PCT. It was around 10 by the time we started our mileage for the day. I think it’s always a little hard to get back in the groove after being in town. There’s one section of trail called Fuller Ridge that is covered in snow right now and easier to traverse in the mornings, so we are camping just shy of the section so we can cross first thing tomorrow.
Our packs are very heavy, with all the food we need for the next 5-6 days. I couldn’t fit it all in our two bear bags, so I have a plastic bag clipped to my pack as well. It has a few bags of chips and other things not easy to compress. Not ideal, but should work for a day or two until we have more room.
We used our yak tracks / micro spikes for the first time today crossing some snow. Glad we have them, they don’t weigh very much. Will definitely need them tomorrow.
There was a water crossing right before camp, a group of hikers were getting water and watching us pick our way across. I made it fine and everyone cheered, then Carie went and slipped into the water on the first rock because she was nervous from the audience. Who knew the performer among us would get wet feet?
The very last stretch before we made it to camp was finding our way around and over snow to rejoin the trail. It was pretty slushy and slippery, both of us fell a couple times. I can’t imagine the hikers who did this section even a month ago, it must have been miserable always trying to find the trail through the snow, because it was surely a lot deeper and more widespread. Since we only did 8 miles, we got to camp around 430, our earliest arrival time yet. It meant we even had time to watch an episode of the OA downloaded from Netflix, and to bed just after 8.
View this post on Instagram
Leaving Idyllwild and back up the mountain for a hot second before we climb all the way back down to the I-10. 1. Looking south, beyond tahquitz rock, a popular rock climbing spot 2. Above a sea of clouds once again 3. Our first look at San Gorgonio Mountain to the north, the PCT skirts around it to the east and up to big bear lake. 4. Like we’re on the coast, mountains meeting the sea 5. Todays lunch is pepper jack, pepperoni, squeeze cheese, and Cheetos with a jalapeño chip garnish 6. Cheers! We made it 300 km! (Sounds way more impressive than 200 miles, right?) 7. Just a few slips on the snow and my clean pants didn’t stay clean for very long 8. Our campsite for the night More thoughts on the day in our blog, link in bio (tandempix.blog)