Rescue at Hauser Canyon

While re-reading my Trailjournal from my 2010 thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, I started looking around the Web for anyone starting out early this year. Blondie’s all set to go, and is posting on |Blondie Hikes.   I stumbled upon her remarkable post about a unprepared hiker-wannabee who might have died if not for Blondie’s help.

Hauser Canyon is a location that one passes through on the PCT .  It is located at about the 15 miles north from the US/Mexico border in California.

Hauser Canyon coming up

Hauser Canyon coming up

Apparently Blondie was day hiking the 21 mile segment that most hikers complete on their first day on the PCT.  Hikers try to make the 21 in a day because there is so little water in that section, punctuated with heavy border patrol that would invite a look-see wakeup from Agents if they detected a tent up in that section. If you make the 21 miles you arrive at Lake Morena State Park, a safe haven.

My campsite and tent- NIght #2 PCT

My campsite and tent- Night #2 on PCT

Knowledgeable trail angels have suggested that this will be a record year for PCT thru hiker attempts. “1,000 people on the trail this year” is popping up. Hopefully there is some sense out there,  Some say it’s the Wild effect, thanks to Cheryl Strayed’s best selling book about hiking a portion of the PCT in 1995.   Here’s my review of the book.

Check out the full story here–>  Rescue at Hauser Canyon.  Sheesh!

Be sure to read the comments, too.  Feel free to leave your own comments here and I’ll join in the discussion.

 

About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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4 Responses to Rescue at Hauser Canyon

  1. I think we’ve all met people who did not have a clue what they were getting in to. They say that 50% of A.T. Wannabes quit the A.T. In the first hundred miles. If the PCT wannabes are all going to end up like this, it’s not a good start to the season.

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  2. Doug Sensenig says:

    Tom, UBSerious (Chris Foley) is already at KM. He was the first one through. He ran into a little snow over San Jacinto, but otherwise he’s had a great hike. I think he’s planning on the lower altitude route (didn’t know there was one) through the Sierra.

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  3. Doug Sensenig says:

    Oops – Chris is blogging at “15 Million Steps”

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  4. Burglar says:

    I can’t believe the 1000 hiker number. I think that number is based on thru permits issued and many incidental hikers get them because they’re a deal (free). Just my guess though.

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