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    Goat Rocks Wilderness

    On August 7, I joined 4 other hikers and 4 llamas on a 7 day trip from White Pass to FR 5603 through the Goat Rocks on the PCT in Washington. This was part of the annual Pass to Pass (PtP) Hike on the PCT for Parkinsonís. This yearís PtP event included three hikes: Hike 1 from Chinook to White Pass, Hike 2 from White Pass to FR 5603, and Hike 3 from FR 5603 to FR 60 in the Indian Heaven Wilderness.
    Trip 2 included three guys with Parkinsonís (Parkies), myself and another non-Parkie support hiker, and four llamas to carry most of our gear. We had planned on taking 3 days to reach the Knife Edge (KE) but ended up pushing it to arrive in two, which turned out to be very fortunate. If you havenít heard of the Knife Edge, check out some of the videos on YouTube. It is spectacular! We had great weather up to and for the crossing of the Knife Edge, which was a bit dicey with packed llamas. But the night after, and luckily at a lower elevation, we got hit by a major thunderstorm. I was sure glad we werenít up at the high camp waiting to cross the KE!
    That night I made a rookie hanger mistake: I moved my hang out of a sheltered area to a spot where I could see Mt. Adams with the tarp in porch mode. The problem was that I put the hammock up between 2 Alpine Spruce trees, which are designed to be flexible. When the wind kicked up around 1:30am I got tossed around like a rag doll!
    The next day we camped even lower and I made sure I was in a sheltered spot between 2 massive pines. I slept like a baby for 10 hours.
    We made the trailhead a day early and were treated to some cold beer by a PCT Trail Angel. Thank you Stark Naked! The next day the Trip 3 team met us and we traded our llamas for cars and headed to Packwood for burgers and beers.
    This was a fantastic trip with magnificent views and great campsites.
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    Sounds like a great trip.
    Been on my list to do this section one day. Probably would have been easier to do when I lived in Portland

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    Great photos...esp the llamas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLTurtle View Post
    Great photos...esp the llamas!
    Yep, the llamas were great. They carried about 60lbs each, so our packs were pretty light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TallPaul View Post
    Sounds like a great trip.
    Been on my list to do this section one day. Probably would have been easier to do when I lived in Portland
    It'd been on my list for a while too. Trust me, it's worth the trip from NC!

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    It's okay to learn those lessons more than once It takes effort to remind myself that I can walk to and sit at the great view area while my camp is in a more - out of the wind - sheltered area. Somehow I don't mind learning that lesson again, and again, and again. ... and again.
    In order to see what few have seen, you must go where few have gone. And DO what few have done.

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    I saw you guys at the trail magic at Crest Horse Camp. Great job on the hike and thanks to the support crew for the food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 22hornet View Post
    I saw you guys at the trail magic at Crest Horse Camp. Great job on the hike and thanks to the support crew for the food.
    Thanks for the shout out! and glad we could feed you! We met a bunch of great folks on the trail and it's always nice to hear from them.

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