8/28: A Quick Update from Burney


Just a quick update:

I’m at mile 1416 today. I passed the 1/2 way point a few days ago, which was neat…but not all that exciting. I can just think of the remaining miles and the time I have left to finish the trail…and no doubt, it’s daunting! So to stop and get giddy about passing mile 1,325 just wasn’t really being true to myself. 

I know, I know, what a downer! What a wet blanket! Lighten up, right??

I hear ya, I hear ya… 🙂

But I just gave to be realistic. I started a trail that runs 2,650 miles long, from the border of Mexico & California to just inside the Canadian border. I’ve broken every personal “Dug” hiking record after the first week, so 250 miles was kind’ve cool to think about…as was 500…1,000 miles. So now, with the added sense of urgency mixed in, I couldn’t get misty-eyed and open a bottle of champagne for passing the halfway point. I’m just not done yet. 

I did the math a couple days ago, and it’s daunting. Way past anything I’ve ever done before physically. I’ll need your prayers. 

To finish on time and assure I won’t get snowed off the Cascade mountains in Washington state, I have to average 28.5 miles a day. 

To put that in perspective, I’ve only hiked one 30 mile day so far, and just two others that were over 27.5. 

Now I have to do that…42 times in a row. Without fail. No days off. 

Hold on everybody…it’s about to get very interesting…

(SIDE NOTE: So if you were waiting to donate to the cause, the time is now, folks. I just had a total stranger donate, which has happened several times so far. So, friends? Acquaintances? Friends of friends? Friends of acquaintances? Time is now, y’all! Donating is easy as can be, just look at the “How Can I Donate” page).

Also…side note #2:
(because of the time needed and energy required, I will not be posting any videos until after I’m done with the hike. I will be updating my blog, though, since I write as I go and all I have to do is cut-and-paste when I get to a town with Internet. Also, Internet might get spotty the rest of the way, so if you don’t hear anything, assume I’m still on the trail. If I am off the trail, I will have access to the net & will let everyone know.)

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4 Responses to 8/28: A Quick Update from Burney

  1. Jeff Borne says:

    Dug,
    Crack on…nice going…mentally!
    I would still love to meet up with you in Central Oregon.
    I was thinking of hiking Elk Lake – Lava Lake/McKenzie Pass (242 crossing).
    Then give you a ride to and from Sisters if you needed.
    Don’t need much notice, if you are still game.
    Call – email – yell -???
    Jeff Borne
    541.322.5964
    bornesrus@bendbroadband.com

    • thf2 says:

      Hey Jeff! Had a moment to write while I’m waiting for my resupply in Ashland. Not sure if I can get off trail from here to the end, but maybe a hiking trip in the future. Oregon is beautiful, I’m excited to come back & hike other parts than the PCT! We’ll stay in touch for sure.

  2. J says:

    Fire Upadte:
    Section F
    Shadow Lake Fire
    9-6-2011 – The PCT is CLOSED in Deschutes National Forest between Hwy 20 and Hwy 242 due to the Shadow Lake Fire. The fire is burning north of Mt. Washington.

    Previously, there had been a reroute, but it has been discontinued. The Sisters and McKenzie Ranger Districts have decided not to provide another mapped and signed reroute option at this time. This is due in part because of the potential for additional closure area modifications and the lack of options outside the current closure area. Highway 20 and 242 trailheads will be posted with area maps, so hikers will have a general understanding of the surrounding area. All reroute information that was placed at trailheads has been removed. http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2550

    View the detour map.

    Badger Butte Fire
    9-6-2011

    The PCT is closed north of Olallie Lake due to the Badger Butte Fire. At this time the closure is from the Triangle Lake Horse Camp area at the PCT/Forest Service Road 4220, to the just south of the Clackamas Lake Campground where the PCT crosses Road 42.

    View the detour directions.

    Section G
    Dollar Lake Fire
    9-6-2011 – The Dollar Lake Fire is burning north of Mt. Hood in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The PCT is CLOSED from the Rushing Water Creek crossing, north to Wahtum Lake. A detour is available. http://inciweb.org/incident/2563/

    The PCT thru-hiker detour around the Dollar Lake fire is as follows:

    •At the junction with the Timberline Trail #600 (just south of Timberline Lodge), take #600 east to the Gnarl Ridge Trail #652 .
    •Turn right (east) on Gnarl Ridge Trail #652 to Elk Meadows Tr #645.
    •Turn left (north) on Elk Meadows Tr #645 north to Polallie Trailhead on Hwy 35.
    At this point, you may take Hwy 35 to Interstate Hwy 84 to the Cascade Locks crossing and continue into Washington.
    Or if you want to hike through the Hatfield Wilderness, take this road/trail detour.

    •From Polallie Trailhead, either hike Hwy 35 to Parkdale or cross the new road bridge to Cooper Spur Rd.
    •Take Cooper Spur Rd #3510 (north) past Cooper Spur Inn and continue towards Parkdale.
    •Turn left (west) on Baseline Rd into Parkdale.
    •Turn right (north) on Dee Hwy (Route 281) and stay northbound to Dee. Cross the bridge by the old mill and turn right (northwest) onto Punchbowl Road/Dead Point Rd. till it hits Forest Road 2820.
    •Turn right on Forest Road 2820 to Rainy Lake campground.
    •At Rainy Lake Campground, go south on the Rainy Wahtum Trail #409 to Anthill Trail #406B.
    •At this point you can go right on #406B to Herman Crk Tr # 406 and go left (south) to the PCT near Chinidere Mt.
    •Or you can go left on Anthill Trail #406B to the Wahtum Lake Campground. The PCT Trail #2000 is on the south side of the lake. Follow the PCT around to the lake and then head north through the Hatfield Wilderness towards Washington.
    The routes from Rainy to Wahtum have not all been logged out. The detour route will be signed and we will leave copies of this detour route with copied route maps at PCT points south of the detour and at key junctions of the detour.

    Maps of the alternate can be printed from: http://inciweb.org/incident/maps/2563/

    View the detour map.

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  3. J says:

    Another Cut/Paste from PCTA Website: http://www.pcta.org/planning/during_trip/trail-closures.php
    Section C
    Red Cone Fire
    9-2-2011 – Three fires in the Red Cone area of Crater Lake National Park have closed the PCT. The closure affects the Pacific Crest Trail between the Lightning Springs Trail and the North Entrance Road, and the Bald Crater Loop Trail. Pacific Crest Trail hikers are advised to use the Rim Trail as an alternate route through the park.

    They are being managed jointly as the Red Cone Wildland Fire Complex. Seventeen fires were ignited by lightning within Crater Lake National Park between August 20 and August 28, 2011. Suppression actions were taken on fourteen of the fires. The Red Cone, Red Cone #2, and Trail fires are being managed for long term benefits including forest health, biodiversity, and hazardous fuel reduction. Together, the three fires total approximately forty five acres.

    Fire managers expect these fires to burn throughout the remainder of the season, allowing natural conditions and weather to eventually extinguish them. Fire personnel will continue to closely track the progress of the fires to prevent any threats to public safety or facilities. Strategies have been developed to take suppression actions if conditions warrant.

    All park roads and facilities remain open. Because the fires are located adjacent to park trails, a temporary closure has been established in the fire area. The closure is signed both at the Highway 62 crossing and the Lightning Spring Trail.

    Stock users should be prepared to trailer stock around the closure. Stock use is not permitted on park roads or the Dutton Creek Trail.

    Smoke from the Red Cone Fire Complex is visible from several locations along the West Rim Drive. More information on the fires can be found on the National Park Service Fire & Aviation Management web page at http://www.nps.gov/fire

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