Here are some numbers and plots for those numbers loving folks. These don't mean much but they're fun and I've got to live up to my trail name: Histo. (Thanks to Nips for the inspiration.)
Average with Zeros: 18.2
Average without Zeros: 20.4
Number of zeros: 16
Total days: 149
CA average with zeros: 17.2
CA average without zeros: 19.6
Zeros in CA: 13
Days in CA: 103
OR average with zeros: 19.9
OR average without zeros: 22.4
Zeros in OR: 2
Days in OR: 22
WA average with zeros: 21.3
WA average without zeros: 22.3
Zeros in WA: 1
Days in WA: 24
I reached the Canada Border on Sep. 21, 2012 around 10 am. I celebrated with an amazing group of people. I am spending some time in Vancouver BC and Seattle on my way home in California.
This was an amazing life experience, I'll tell you more about it soon but for now I must celebrate!
Thanks for joining and supporting me on this adventure.
Believe in yourself,
About 9 this morning Karl-Histo and his friends got to the Canadian border. They are now enjoying an evening at Manning Park Lodge. What an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations Histo and all your fellow thru-hikers!
Here are some photos from northern Oregon and southern Washington. To see the NEW album with lots of great photos go to Snoqualmie album which is the third in line (even though it's the newest to be added), to keep it in the right order for the trip!
Histo arrived in Stehekin yesterday evening (9/16). This lovely out-of-the-way lodge is reached by a red shuttle bus going southeast from the PCT. He spent all day today at Stehekin, and will get the bus back to the trail 8 am tomorrow, 9/18. From there it is 80 miles to Canada (the end of the PCT) plus 8 more to Manning Park and its Lodge, the end of the trail!
Histo called from Skykomish 9/12/12. Washington is rugged, spectacularly beautiful, but starting to show the secret of its beauty--rain! Many hikers seem to be in a rush to finish, but Histo still feels the journey is the whole show, and is not in a hurry to reach the end.
These are the most recent photos; there are many many earlier photos on a memory card that has not yet made it home (Histo gave it to someone in Snoqualmie WA to mail for him and we are still waiting for it!). See the Skykomish album for a few more.
Washington has been an outstanding reward after the last 2150 miles. Above tree line the lupines are still in bloom, the air is crisp as fall approaches, and the grand, glaciated volcanoes of the Cascades dominate the skyline. The trail skirts around Mt. Adams, and I was blown away by the enormous size of the mountain and its glaciers. Then the crystal clear skies have provided views of Mt. Rainier from far away. The trail guided us through the Goat Rocks wilderness, a phenomenal alpine landscape. I saw elk thundering the ground and a group of us climbed up Old Snowy, a peak above the Knife's Edge, a section of trail considered one of the most scenic. The trail follows a ridge with an epic view of Mt. Rainier and most of Washington. Back into the wilderness for now; I only have 360 miles to go.