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Day 120: Whitney was half my trip ago

Day 120: Whitney was half my trip ago

Start: 1501.22, but hiked 2-3 miles getting there.
End: 1516.43 – fabulous view bush camp
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Today was around 100 degrees again. 4000 feet elevation gain. Hikers stopping and taking hours long breaks often. Surprisingly even though I felt ultra slow, I seemed to be dealing with it a bit better than average.
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It is so hot my feet don’t get sweaty in my shoes…
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I may have hit hiker hunger finally. I ate way too much food today. I am going to have to moderate that or I’ll never make it to Etna.
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We hiked up around the Castle Craig’s. And we stopped in an absolutely stunning spot.
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Fire smog rolled in during the day, I’m coughing a little and I can feel the headache I get from smoke creeping up.
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The good news: it looks like the trail is going to stay level around 7000 feet for at least a week! Ought to be relatively easy trail, and almost high enough to mitigate temperatures somewhat.

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Dirty hot hikers hiding from the sun.

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Leaving Castle Craig’s behind.

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Shasta is ever present lately.

 

 

 

Charlie Hough
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