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Day 28: Light on the Horizon

Day 28: Light on the Horizon

I woke up at 5:00 in our stealth campsite at the top of the mountain and saw the sky coming alive with color. There was burnt orange on the horizon transitioning to a beautiful blue in the sky above.

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Day 27: 400 Miles

Day 27: 400 Miles

We left our campsite a mile before Cooper Canyon Trail Camp and began walking uphill to start our day. Soon we were in a mixed forest with stately trees towering overhead. The PCT out of the Buckhorn Flat Campground is beautiful, especially in early morning light.

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Day 26: Mount Baden Powell

Day 26: Mount Baden Powell

Today, we got to summit Mount Baden Powell, named after the founder of Boy Scouting . It will be the second named mountain I have summited, though both it and Mt. San Jacinto are technically on spur trails and not the PCT itself.

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Day 23: Winter on the Mountain 

Day 23: Winter on the Mountain 

I overslept for the first time since starting my hike. Not waking until I heard the muffled calls of Harley through my ear plugs.

While the views from the top of the mountain campsite yestetday were excellent, the winds that came after the sun went down weren’t and my tent was flapping around all night hitting me in the head when a strong gust came.

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Day 21: Leaving the Valley 

Day 21: Leaving the Valley 

I woke up from my sandy cowboy campsite along the river. It was perhaps my best night’s sleep on trail, though i got some condensation on my quilt. The 80 foot scramble up sheer rocks to get back to the trail was a good wake up call.

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Day 18: Tossed Out of the Hostel

Day 18: Tossed Out of the Hostel

Today we went into Big Bear Lake to resupply. We walked the .3 miles to the road and tried to hitchunsuccessfully for about 40 minutes until a nice dude in a huge truck pulled over and gave us a ride. It was his first time picking up PCT hikers.

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Day 17: They Found the Blog

Day 17: They Found the Blog

We warned Hip (real name) that the site he chose was the poop site. Apparently, some asshole crapped in a perfectly flat tent site and didn’t even pack out their toilet paper. Since Hip doesn’t have a trail name, I was hoping he we would put his tent stake in one of the buried poop holes so I could name him Poop Stake. Unfortunately, he managed to avoid the hidden poops.

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Day 16: Burn Baby Burn

Day 16: Burn Baby Burn

We broke camp from our river campsite at 4,800 feet and started walking up the valley. The next two days, we will be climbing up to the mountain town of Big Bear Lake.

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Day 15: An Unexpected Cuddle

Day 15: An Unexpected Cuddle

The stay at Hillbilly Dave’s turned out to be a great time. Good people, a spaghetti dinner, and shelter over our heads during the overnight rain. Unfortunately, people were watching Harry Potter on TV after the sun went down, but I got my ear plugs and pulled my buff over my eyes and was good to go.

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Owen Rojek

I am following my passions for the outdoors, simple-living and photography. Hiking the PCT in 2017 is my first step in this pursuit. Follow along and I hope to meet you on trail one day.

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