Day 1 – April 14th 2018
Southern Terminus to Hauser Creek
Mile 0 to 15.26
Just as I thought, no-one needed a wake up call this morning. You could hear people starting to stir at 03:30 and by 04:00 everyone was up and packing for the big day. Breakfast is served at 05:30. And similar to dinner, breakfast consisted of home made French toast, scrambled eggs, egg fritatta, fresh fruit and coffee or tea. Again, all homemade with Love, compliments of Scout and Frodo. During breakfast, Scout does roll call to make sure everyone is accounted for and by 0600 we are rolling out of their drive in a convoy of six vehicles, driven by friends and volunteers, including the amazing author of the PCT Halfmile map system which provides incredible detail of the trail which every hiker downloads for free and uses extensively during their hike. The day couldn’t have been better. We arrive at the South Terminus and after customary photo’s, we are on our way by 08:00. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and the sound of gravel beneath the feet and song birds fill the air. In short time you begin climbing into a series of hills and switch backs. The sun is also rising in the sky and before long, the temperature has risen and things start heating up. Based on Scout and Frodo’s advice, you start with 6 litres of water which makes for a very heavy pack as each litre adds approximately 2.2 pounds of weight. But out here, not having sufficient water is simply not an option. By mile 4 you come across a trickle of a stream which is a good place to replenish the litre you have already consumed and an opportunity to camel up ( drink as much as you can at a water source) before carrying on. By lunch time, 7 miles have sped by so it’s time for a rest and some lunch in whatever shade you can find. The trail winds up and down through a series of rock laden hills and by 6 o’clock you find yourself descending steeply into Hauser Creek, a small oasis at the bottom of a ravine within a dry creek bed. A perfect spot to call it a day.