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Day 59: Politics and urine lickers

Day 59: Politics and urine lickers

Start: 760.51 Rock Creek
End: Guitar lake (off 767)
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An important discovery! Shoes will dry overnight. 🙂
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Apparently the parks service has a bone to pick with the PCTA. I was on my way up to guitar lake and a ranger gave me a written warning that I am supposed to camp 3 miles farther away because I am hiking on a PCT permit. The parks service tried to take Whitney access away from PCT hikers, apparently because there is too much poop up here, and the compromise is PCT hikers camp further away.
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Nobody told the hikers. Apparently the ranger made a hand written sign, but someone must have torn it down. This “deal” apparently happened in March _after_ pct permits with Whitney access were issued.
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I call HORSESHIT. I do not like that the parks service can now use my name/citation as ammunition to say “see? Your PCT hikers aren’t following the rules” and then cut off Whitney from the PCT.
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More reasonable solutions:
– charge us $22 to hike Whitney. That is the cost to use the portal (east exit from Whitney, most PCT hikers don’t use it), just make it the cost of the mountain.
– require us to have poop sacks. They call them wag-bags, they are basically heavy duty dog doo bags.
– put up a real sign.
– have any “arrangements” settled well before new year of the next year so the word can get out. None of this after the fact horseshit.
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Urine lickers… I shit you not, the marmots around here can’t get enough of the stuff. See video.

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Lightning strike trees

Crabtree meadows

The night before Whitney

Charlie Hough
6 Comments
  • dd

    there are too many of you pcters for the back country to handle! there is shit, piss and trash all along the trail

    all the agencies should really put a limit on the #s

    i have lived and worked in tuolumne meadows for 15 years and your herds have ruined the peace and quiet

    June 25, 2016 at 9:49 am Reply
    • Charlie Hough

      Thank you for reading my blog!

      June 25, 2016 at 10:39 am Reply
    • Donna "L-Rod" Saufley

      DD, there is a daily limit of 50 per day from the Southern Terminus, but zero enforcement. We are hosts on the trail in Agua Dulce, and we had 120 hikers here over Memorial Day weekend. I cannot imagine the impact numbers like that have on fragile backcountry environments.

      I just finished hiking sections in Southern California, and I was amazed at the LACK of trash, considering the teeming hordes that had been through ahead of me. That isn’t to say there was none, but there was a stunning lack of litter.

      FYI – there are wag bags and a sign (a real one) informing all hikers they must be used at Crabtree Meadows. That’s been in place for a few years. But no word anywhere about a three-mile to educate hikers about this change in camping requirements. PCT hikers are used to camping wherever they find a spot, it’s just the nature of long-distance hiking.

      Oh, one more thing. I think everyone who hikes shits and pisses along the trail, not just PCT hikers.

      June 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm Reply
      • Charlie Hough

        Thank you Donna!

        July 8, 2016 at 10:45 pm Reply
  • Leigh hammett

    Hi, Charlie, remember eighth grade and Mrs. Hammett? I learned of your trek from your mom. Continued good luck as you hike.

    June 29, 2016 at 7:15 pm Reply
    • Charlie Hough

      Hi there!

      Broke my phone dropping it in a river. Blog will be missing a few weeks in the sierras.

      July 8, 2016 at 10:46 pm Reply

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