Twig Adventures

PNT Day 14: Ida-fly

Thursday July 14th, 2022, 0600-1900Shedroof Divide to trail 37, WEBO mm 293 Segment 3 Selkirk Mountains 29.4 miles, Gain 4380′, Loss 5160′, elevation 5330 We were both off early, anticipating a long day. I have a hard time finding others that can, or want to, keep my pace but Wolverine was game. She’s a very fast hiker and willing to get up early. We had a ways to go along the ridge and then down Jackson creek. I’d been warned by a trail maintenance volunteer that this part of the trail had lots of blowdowns, which was true, but didn’t slow us down much. It just becomes common place after awhile. In the valley, we entered a beautiful forest of old[…]

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PNT Day 13: Bear Grass

Wednesday July 13th, 2022, 0620-1800Sullivan Creek campground to Shedroof Divide, WEBO mm 330.5 Segment 3 Selkirk Mountains 24.1 miles, Gain 6600′, Loss 2960′, elevation 4544 My campsite was so perfect, soft and with the stream drowning out all noise. On my way to the pit toilet in the morning, I saw a hiker walking by. I ran out to say hi, realizing it was a guy we met in town the day before. He’d approached us in the park but I didn’t catch that he was also an EABO PNT hiker. His name was Maverick and he was Dutch. He was only doing a section hike and had been skipping around some. The morning was an easy roll down the road[…]

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PNT Day 12: Metaline Falls

Tuesday July 12th, 2022, 0620-1930Flume Creek Rd to Sullivan Creek, WEBO mm 350.5 Segment 3 Selkirk Mountains 9.7 miles, Gain 1000′, Loss 1200′, elevation 2450 I really had to convince myself to get out of my tent on the morning. The 100 some mosquitoes outside my door were slowing me down. I packed everything I could inside, then braved the music. I neglected to attach my gaiter over my shoe and in the short time it took me to fold my tent, they found that one vulnerability…like Russian hackers. They were even biting through my R1 fleece. I thought once I was moving fast on the road they would drop off but no. They followed me the full 5 miles into[…]

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PNT Day 11: Abercrombie

Monday July 11th, 2022, 0730-2030Cedar Creek rd to Flume Creek Rd, WEBO mm 360.2 Segment 3 Selkirk Mountains 27.3 miles, Gain 5500′, Loss 5000′, elevation 2625 I heard some noises over night but figured they could be any number of things. Then at 4:45 am, I heard footsteps that didn’t sound like a dog…too lumbering. My thoughts were on a large herbivore but I watched as a gigantic black figure glided past the front of my tent, 8 feet away. It wasn’t Chica the dog, much bigger, that’s for sure! I was grabbing for my bear spray as a full sized black bear casually passed without even a glance in my direction. It was already just past when I managed a[…]

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PNT Day 10: Cedar Creek

Sunday July 10th, 2022, 1000-1530Northport to Trail Angel house on Cedar Creek rd., WEBO mm 387.5, Segment 3 Selkirk Mountains 13.5 miles, Gain 1680′, Loss 900′, elevation 1355 It was a late night and a little rough waking up in the morning. I had a short day planned, making it only as far as a trail angel’s house that was up the road. In discussion with Wolverine the night before, we’d hatched an idea to stick together for a difficult bushwhack section along a ridge in the Selkirks range. Given the difficulty of the route and possibly presence of grizzly bears in that area, it would be good to have a partner. The section wasn’t for another 100 miles, so I[…]

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PNT Day 9: Cowville & Northport

Saturday July 9th, 2022, 0600-1915Churchill Mine Rd to Northport, WEBO mm 400.8, Segment 4 Kettle Range22.5 miles, Gain 1790′, Loss 2670′, elevation 1355 The cows were on the mooove early in the morning, so I was woken by the moo alarm. My constant companions. Well, when I follow cow trails to find a tent site, what do I expect? Have I mentioned that I stopped eating beef because of the environmental impact I’ve personally been witness to during all my hiking? Do you think the cows are aware of this? No, of course not. My spot was perfect otherwise, peaceful and dry. I was so happy to pack a dry tent and my shoes and socks even dried overnight. As I[…]

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PNT Day 8: Blowdowns & Roads

Friday July 8th, 2022, 0650-1915Rock slab camp to Churchill Mine Rd, WEBO mm 423.3, Segment 4 Kettle Range27.8 miles, Gain 3720′, Loss 5285′, elevation 2230 It got a little breezy after dark, such that I had to get up to reset a stake. I couldn’t get them in very far seeing as how I was camped on a thin layer of soil on top of rock. I woke to a lot of condensation, even though the breeze was ventilating my tent very well. The air was just so laden with moisture and the dead trees did nothing to soak it up. I waited until kind of late to pack, letting the sun hit the tent for a bit. It was up[…]

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PNT Day 7: Kettle Crest North

Thursday July 7th, 2022, 0945-1945Sherman Pass HWY 20 to rock slab camp just north of Profanity Peak, WEBO mm 451.2, Segment 4 Kettle Range23.5 miles, Gain 4950′, Loss 5285′, elevation 5100 Another night in a soft warm bed was much appreciated. But I woke eager to get back on the trail. I bid farewell to Kerrie, as she was getting ready to lead her weekly hiking group somewhere north of where I’d be walking. There was a slim chance I might see them on trail. Just as I left the house, I got texts from 2 hikers and another from a Trail Angel. Kerrie had given the hikers my number the night before, mentioning that I too was looking for a[…]

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PNT Day 6: Republic One More Time

Wednesday July 6th, 2022, 0610-1230Hall Creek rd to Thirteen Mile trailhead HWY 21, WEBO mm 500, Segment 4 Kettle Range17.3 miles, Gain 3000′, Loss 5500′, elevation 2043 I was happy to put some distance on, leaving the bad memories of the bushwhack behind me in the morning. A good night’s sleep had done wonders to reset my body and my attitude for more hiking. It rained for a few hours overnight. My tent has held up great to all the moisture but even more so, it’s provided an absolute sanctuary against the bugs…I would have gone INSANE by now without it. I don’t know how anyone could put up with anything short of a tent in these environments. Cowboy camping and[…]

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PNT Day 5: From Frolicking to Frantic

Tuesday July 5th, 2022, 1040-2000Sherman Pass to Hall Creek rd & bushwhack from hell junction, WEBO mm 485, Segment 4 Kettle Range13 miles, Gain 2400′, Loss 4200′, elevation 4570 It was a day of extremes, I’d have to say. For more than half of it I was in heaven, but the last half in hell. It started with a wonderfully comfortable night in a soft bed, warm and safe. I had coffee with Karrie in the morning, chatting about her career and interests. I was surprised to learn that she’s also really into scuba diving. I was dragging my feet this morning but eventually she proposed a ride up to the trailhead, provided I could help her bring her truck to[…]

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