PCNST — Stevens Pass to Glacier Peak

August 14-22, 1998

Last year’s PCT backpack was plagued by a million mosquitoes and deer flies. This year there were none! And I carried my new fly swatter … without using it! We did have three days of rain, temperatures in the high 40s and clouds, however. Hail and light snow on 6,300-ft. Fire Creek Pass. Would you believe that so much rain and the wet, dripping trailside brush caused my boots to fill up with water? Twice on Sunday I was forced to stop, take off my boots and pour out a cup of water. Wet socks! It took four days for my boots to dry out. By Wednesday we finally had two days of sunshine. This section of the PCT, from Stevens Pass to Glacier Peak, was only 65 miles long, but required 10,000 ft. vertical uphill and 11,000 ft. descent. My knees and feet were worn out. Two more summers and we reach Canada! Obsidians on the trip were Rebecca Hansen, Alice Moffitt, Paul Newman, Dick Moffitt (leader), and non-members Carl Allen and Paula Moffitt Allen.

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