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.
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.
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.