Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August 26, 2011

August 26, 2011

Start: 1881
End: 1912.7

Mosquitos. Everywhere. From morning 'til night, they sing their high pitched song right in my ear. On the bright side, it makes it easier to take shorter breaks during the day; on the less bright side, it makes it more difficult to get out of the tent in the morning. We heard news from a SOBO (southbound) thru-hiker that the bugs are gone once we get past Mirror Pond by the Three Sisters! I won't believe it until I see it with my own eyes, and hear the sweet silence with my own ears, but it is a wonderful thing to dream about...

Today we walked through the Diamond Peak Wilderness, which was pretty spectacular. We had views of Mt Bachelor, the Three Sisters, Three Finger Jack, and Mt Thielsen as we climbed toward Cowhorn Mountain. Beyond Cowhorn we made our way down to Summit Lake for lunch before ascending the shoulder of Diamond Peak.

On the way up the peak we saw a snowboarder and skier who had apparently climbed Diamond Peak and rode down on the large snow fields that are remaining on the East side of the peak. We also met some weekend hikers who looked like they had been through hell between the climb from Hwy 58 and the mozzies. They were still in good spirits and we wished them luck with the bugs while they eyed our headnets enviously.

Once past them we started a long descent down to the trail junction to Shelter Cove Resort where the next resupply package is waiting. We ended up running most of the way and made it to the junction just before it got dark. More food tomorrow! And possibly pizza!

Sent from the PCT

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