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Longstride: Trail Journals

Hiking and Backpacking Trail Journals by John “Longstride” Bafford

A feed by John “Longstride” Bafford


Day 176: More Marmots Than Hikers

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-13 04:10, modified on 2018-10-19 22:27

Another wet, soggy day in Washington, CareFree and I continued to push through the Glacier Peak Wilderness on our way to Stehekin.

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Day 175: The First Glimpse of Winter

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-12 01:56, modified on 2018-10-18 22:36

After one of my most miserable nights on the trail, CareFree and I continued our trek through the northern Cascades, entering the Glacier Peak Wilderness, where we got rained and snowed on.

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Day 174: The Washington Rains Continue

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-11 02:18, modified on 2018-10-18 21:19

The weather today was dreary and wet, a soggy trek through the mountains as we made our way north. With just over 21 miles today, we remain on our schedule to reach Stehekin on Friday, making up a tiny bit for the short day yesterday.

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Day 173: Why Stick To One Naming Theme When Three Will Work?

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-10 02:51, modified on 2018-10-15 22:19

A short day today set CareFree and I on our way to Stehekin, our final trail town. The end of the trail is almost in sight!

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Day 172: Red Key, Red Door

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-09 03:18, modified on 2018-10-14 05:53

With an “early” start, eighteen miles, partially through rain, brought us to Stevens Pass and Skykomish, the penultimate trail town. Now with less than 200 miles to go, the end of the trail is fast approaching.

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Day 171: A Deceptively Nice Day

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-08 03:08, modified on 2018-10-13 03:12

A ten mile long climb aside, today started off nice enough. But the first rain (and lightning!) in almost two weeks was not as much fun, and my tent once again failed to perform its key function of keeping the rain out.

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Day 170: A Spectacle of Views

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-07 02:06, modified on 2018-10-12 05:10

With three more days to get to Skykomish, CareFree and I made good progress today. Although it was a bit cold this morning, which slowed our departure, a strenuous 20 mile hike kept us on-schedule for town.

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Day 169: Across Katwalks, Around Lakes, and Aside Ridges

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-06 01:53, modified on 2018-10-11 02:04

Today was a beautiful day for hiking, only a little cool out, with mostly clear skies. After a short detour to drop my cousin’s daughter off at school, my cousin brought CareFree and I back to Snoqualmie Pass so we could begin our next section to Skykomish.

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Day 168: One Last Zero in Auburn

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-05 05:20, modified on 2018-10-10 21:54

Today was a mostly lazy day, but importantly, I completed my last resupply of the trail. It should also be my last zero. Once we get back on the trail tomorrow, we’ll begin our last push to Canada!

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Day 167: Towards the Last Resupply

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-04 03:44, modified on 2018-10-09 21:00

Today started off cloudy, cool and humid, with fog on the next ridge over. We were happy, though, that the fog was not on top of us. CareFree and I managed to get hiking before 8 am, heading to Snoqualmie Pass to meet my cousin and head to Aurburn, a suburb of Seattle, to resupply.

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Day 166: Zig-zagging Our Way North

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-03 01:43, modified on 2018-10-05 21:55

Yesterday’s science experiment confirmed that, yes, two people in a tent definitely make things warmer. Naturally, that didn’t make it any easier to get out of our sleeping bags and start hiking.

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Day 165: An Unexpected Tent Guest

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-02 00:31, modified on 2018-10-01 23:18

It was cold and humid overnight, with a constant wind. Fortunately, I continued to be dry in my tent, and warm in my sleeping bag. Well, not completely dry; the water bladder in my pack leaked again, but at least the water was coming from inside my tent and not outside, and it only got the floor of my tent wet.

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Day 164: The Clouds Flow Through Mountain Valleys

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-01 00:52, modified on 2018-09-29 22:08

As seems to be becoming common for Washington these days, it was cool, humid, and wet outside, and a light rain motivated me to quickly get packed and on the trail.

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Day 163: A Wet Entrance to Rainier National Park

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-31 03:08, modified on 2018-09-28 17:20

It was cool and humid overnight, and foggy this morning, but a persistent light wind during most of the night kept the condensation from building up on the inside of my tent. Not surprisingly, with the cool weather and fog, I was slow to get started, not getting back on the trail until almost 8:30.

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Day 162: A Steep Detour Back to the Trail

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-30 00:45, modified on 2018-09-27 20:20

I took my time making my way out of town today. Between getting up late, breakfast at the coffee shop across the street from the hotel, and repacking my pack, I wasn’t done and out of my room until 11 am — checkout time.

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Day 161: A Detour to Views

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-29 04:03, modified on 2018-09-23 18:21

Today started off with considerably nicer weather than yesterday’s: a nearly cloud-free sky that led to great views for the whole day.

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Day 160: Across the Knife’s Edge

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-28 03:29, modified on 2018-09-21 20:05

The drizzle that started yesterday before I got to camp continued overnight, gradually picking up intensity to a light rain that continued until about 2:30 or 3 am. It would have been like any other night — just more soggy outside — had it not been for the leak in the center of my tent’s roof.

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Day 159: A Soggy Romp Through The Forest

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-27 03:12, modified on 2018-09-21 00:31

A foggy, dreary, and damp morning, I started hiking a little after 8. The trail continued through the forest, and for the morning, there weren’t any views of note.

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Day 158: Mountains, Clouds, Creeks, and Waterfalls

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-26 00:45, modified on 2018-09-15 16:25

Yesterday, I signed up for a 9 am shuttle back to the trail, so I woke up around 7. There was a diner across the street from the general store, but since it took me a while to actually get up and get packed, I decided to just eat pop tarts for breakfast, rather than going to the diner, to make sure I’d be on-time for the shuttle.

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Day 157: A Foggy, Dreary Day to Trout Lake

Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-25 02:31, modified on 2018-09-09 18:04

With more than 20 miles to my resupply in Trout Lake, I wanted to get up and get hiking early, to get to town as early in the day as possible. However, it was cool, foggy, and damp, which made me not exactly motivated to quickly get out of my tent this morning.

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