[pct-l] Hardest Climb

Scott Diamond scott.diamond.mail at gmail.com
Sat Nov 26 17:34:33 CST 2016

Yeah I remember the climb up Fire Creek pass. That was hard (in hail and
wind for me). For that matter all of the Northern Cascades were a
challenge.  It is a funny mix of love/hate with these climbs. It wouldn't
be so rewarding and beautiful if it was easy (I always joked with friends
that it is not the Pacific Valley Trail). But at the time you are on the
climbs it is hard to have the perspective that you are doing it for fun.
Now a few months later as I sit back in my armchair ... it doesn't seem so
bad. Memory is funny.


On Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 3:05 PM, David Hough reading PCT-L <
pctl at oakapple.net> wrote:

> I think the climb from Hauser Creek to Lake Morena must be the worst in
> terms of number of would be through hikers that change their minds.
> I know the climb up Laguna Mtn takes a toll of illegal hikers each year
> that get caught in weather.
> The long haul up Mission Creek is pretty bad because the weather is usually
> very hot.     Likewise the haul up from Tehachapi Pass because it's so long
> to water.
> Speaking of Belden, it's much worse climbing out southbound than north.
> Seiad Valley north isn't much fun either.
> Further north, the climbs up and down around Glacier Peak, especially going
> down to Milk Creek and then up to Fire Creek Pass, stuck in my mind,
> maybe I was tired that day.
> But I think the worst was the succession of passes one a day from Forester
> to Muir.    Each one was bad, but they certainly cumulated.

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