PCT DAY 1.. April 6th 15.6 miles 3C

Kindly got a lift out to the Starting Terminus by a ‘Trail Angel’ called Tiffany..
‘Trail Angels’ are those who go out of their way to help hikers.. anything from lifts.. leaving caches of water in the desert.. or cooking up BBQ’s at unspecified places on the Trail! Thank you all!

Left the PCT Terminus at the Mexican/US border at 0755 and hiked to a place called Hauser Creek where I set up camp for my first night! Met bundles of similarly minded hikes also on their first day out.. we all had a ball!

Within my first hour.. on that first day I rounded a corner to see my first whopper of a rattler.. almost 3 meters/8 feet of hissing rattling anger! He was likewise NOT happy to see me?! Eventually though he slid away into the scrub and kindly let me pass! Within the day however.. I almost stepped on a smaller one.. not more that 15 to 20 centimeters from my path.. he likewise hissed n rattled apparently as surprised as I was.. I in turn yelped n jumped a further meter.. before he too slid into the scrub! (They say each hiker on average will see 2 Rattlers on the PCT??! I hope this means I’ve seen my two?!)

All up.. a gorgeous day of scenery.. in this very unforgiving land!

PCT DAY 2.. April 7th 15 miles 8C

Woke after a good nights sleep at 5am n scaled the switch back to the top of Hauser mountain.. before passing Lake Morena and heading on to camp day 2 at Kitchener Creek.. another gorgeous spot! A hard day.. n felt the aches and pains of starting out! Hope I acclimatize and my body soon accostimises itself to this new routine!

Had the coldest half bath I’ve ever had in Kitchener Creek.. dinner and now off to bed.. 8pm! Thinking of you all.. from the peace and tranquility that is the PCT! Nite xx

PS.. Got given my ‘Trail name’ today! A kind of custom here on the trail.. As I’ve seen the biggest rattle snake yet.. and TWO in one day.. I’m henceforth called ‘The Rattler’!

PCT DAY 3.. April 8th 13 miles -2C 30-60 m/h winds

Woke to howling winds and a sky threatening to rain?! Packed up and had a good hearty breakfast of Idaho Potatoes and Bacon bits with creamed coffee!

Set off walking and met up with Papa and Frostie.. (2 other hikers with their trail names!) Hiked the whole day through rolling mountains sometimes looking rather more like green Irish hills! Misty most of the morning then rained on and off through mid day.. before the sun came out but the wind increased to gale force!

Arrived at Mt Laguna around 3pm.. had a shake down with the pack and lost about 4 kilograms of hitherto unused items! Burger and fries for dinner at the diner with Papa and Frosty n then off to bed in the Burnt Rancheiro Campground.. the wind still howling outside at gale force.. temperature at -2C and fell asleep!

PCT DAY 4.. April 9th 16 miles.. Nil wind! Warming up!

Woke late at 8am.. packed and left Mt Laguna after another full and hearty breakfast at the nearby diner.. spectacular scenery all day hiking paths cut into the mountains.. sheer drop offs with spectacular vistas!

Stopped at the equally scenic ‘Boulders Campground’ after an epic day’s hike and a few raw spots under foot?! Enjoyable hike with Papa and Frosty.. and bumped into what seems to be becoming a regular crowd of surrounding hikers on the PCT!

Awesome sunset and picture of my tent amongst the boulders!

PCT DAY 5.. April 10th 17 miles Very hot hike!

Up at 5am and resupplied with water from a nearby creek in the morning as the next water would not be for another 15 miles! Another very scenic day.. with stunning vistas of the surrounding desert.. and some flowering cactai! The desert blooms are starting to show!

Settled down for the night by the trail at mile 73! A very hot day with most of the heat being radiated off the surrounding rock and cliff faces!

Saw another black snake with a white strip down its entire length as we were resupplying for water at a spigot in the afternoon! I don’t think he was at all afraid of us.. in fact I think he was very happy we’d let a puddle develop under the spigot as he took the chance to quench his thirst when we were only a meter or so away chatting!

Another GORGEOUS day! Bring it on!

PCT DAY 6.. April 11th 18 miles 35C during the day!

Woke at 5.30.. not a great sleep! Breakfast of Idaho Potatoes and Tuna.. getting a bit sick of Idaho Potatoes as have had them for breakfast each day to give me the energy for the day! Packed up and left mile 73 at 7.30..

Frosty left Papa Pacer and myself at Highway 78 near Scissor Crossing to head into Julien and wait for his girl friend Dixie.. Hope he catches us up in a week or so??

Stocked up on water under the bridge at the Scissor Crossing cache.. 6 liters as had to make it last all the way to mile 91.2.. the Third Gate Cache and Camping! Spectacular scenery but very harsh.. hot and dry! Dry and cracked lips despite lip balm applied every half an hour or so?! A walk in the flower garden of blooming cactai as we climbed the switch back up into the mountains! STUNNING!

Made the Third Gate by 5.30pm set up camp.. ate delicious chicken that I’d previously dehydrated.. and in bed by 8pm! Smelling pretty off.. and can’t wait to have a shower and launder clothes that can by now almost stand on their own with the daily salt.. sweat and dust! Feeling pretty grubby as the dirt and dust is now ingrained in my skin!

Looking forward to ‘hopefully’ a shower and laundry in Warner Springs by tomorrow night if we make it the 19 miles there?! Fingers crossed! Another INCREDIBLE day.. Nite Nite!

PCT DAY 7.. April 12th 19 miles 35C

Beautiful walk through wild meadows.. blistering mountains.. pristine springs.. and passed the well known ‘Eagle Rock’!

Arrived in the beautiful little town of Warner Springs at 4pm and headed straight for the Community Center where we could get a few buckets of water.. and a towel for bathing.. and enough water and detergent for the first shower and wash of clothes since starting! OHHHHH.. it feels GREAT to be clean!! Slept like a log!!

21 thoughts on “..THE FIRST 7 DAYS..

  1. Hey Rattler!. Brilliant Chris! Sounds like you’re settling in and have some company:) I hope your posted parcels gave something more than Idaho potatoes! Great that your feet seem OK… Keep the posts coming!:) xx

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  2. Wow Chris (Rattler) that’s terrific and sooo well written with spectacular photos. Your mum and Jen are having ‘kittens’ just at the mention of rattlers and their mates!! That’s a class act – keep it up – enjoy Love us xxx

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  3. Sounds like you are having a pretty spectacular time Rattler! Fantastic scenery and amazing experiences, glad you’ve got walking with some good guys, all like minded people together, enjoy and keep posting my friend, look forward to the next update, J & D xxx

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  4. Hey Chris, cool name received in PCT-christening, nice company and amazing landscape. There was one pic missing, though. One of Idaho potatoes…😊 Enjoy being on Your Way, stay safe and found. Cheers and hugs, E.

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  5. Amazing dialogue and pictures. You sound like you are loving every minute good on you. Be careful “Rattler” there are some dangerous creatures out there. So proud of of you and enjoying your blog so much.
    Love Keith and Marilyn Lawson xx

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  6. Crikey Chris!!!,so many “RATTLERS” still nothing like the real hands on experience on,how to avoid them Critters.What Beautifull Dessert Flora and scenery.Seems very social at the beginning of the PCT with all those like minded Trekaholics.Take care from your little Brother.

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  7. Rattler!!! Love your nickname. That’s it from now on😀
    You’re doing great and seem to be in good spirits on the amazing trail. Keep on keeping on.
    Proud of you.

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  8. Rattler! Great name for you, I like it! Those snakes were horrible even in the pictures. Excellent blog, pictures are awesome,( except those slithery things). Look after yourself especially your poor feet. Looking forward to next update. Gx

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  9. Looks like you are dfinitely in your element!! Pictures look amazing. Wondering whether you will come back looking like an Idaho Potato? Claire would not be impressed with all of the snakes!

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