PCT Day 61, Mile 879 to 901, via Silver Pass

Day 61
Mile 879 to 901, (via Silver Pass), 22 miles
Cost: Camped, free


I woke up in the middle of the night, looked out the fly and saw a million stars. I decided to take some photos but first I had to get out and go to the toilet. I had my bed socks on but neglected to put my shoes on and in the dark I stepped on something incredibly prickly. When I got back to my tent I took my sock off (the same foot with the bad ankle) and could feel at least 3 prickles in the ball of my foot. The ball of my foot is also like leather now so try as I might to get them out with my tweezers, they wouldn’t move. 

In the morning at breakfast I tried again to remove the prickles (using Shepherd’s pointier tweezers) but still no luck. I was going to have to walk on them and my strategy was to walk through every stream, trying to soften up my feet and then try again over lunch.  


In heavy snow years hikers get wet walking under this waterfall!


I’m standing in the stream!




I went up and over Silver Pass, got up close with a ground squirrel and marmot and still had prickles in my foot 😦

A curious ground squirrel


Silver Pass

At lunch Shepherd noticed my grimaces as I tried again to remove the prickles and offered to help. He managed to pull the most painful one out and we were both surprised how big it was. The next few were smaller but still incredibly painful. I told the others I would stay and continue pulling out all of the prickles from my foot and I would meet them at the campsite if not before. 


A prickle from my foot

Soon after I started walking again, I heard the sound of distant thunder. I thought if anyone was going to get struck by lightning, it would be me, considering my luck of late. I walked faster and felt like I was always just a few steps ahead of the thunder and rain, all afternoon. 


 We passed some stones declaring that we’d now walked 1/3 of the way, then we also passed the 900 mile marker 🙂 

It was another lovely evening with terrific company. 

8 responses to “PCT Day 61, Mile 879 to 901, via Silver Pass

  1. This is wonderful, Kat! Love your pics and experiences of what it is like on the trail. You are about 300 miles ahead of my son, so it is very comforting to see the process through your blog and know what the trail ahead looks like for him. We do get his GPS location every night, but rarely any pictures or info. Bless you!
    Bret’s Mom

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  2. Kat I am just catching p on your adventure. can’t believe you are 1/3 of the way and still going! So glad you have not been to waylaid by mischance. We are at Ponte Ferreira on the Primitivo. W just stayed at Hotel Espana which I think is where you stayed when you were sick in Lugo — as you said the owners were lovely! Ultreia!

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  3. Hey Hummingbird, where are you? I hope your ankle is feeling better. We are leaving on September first to walk from Toulouse France to Puenta La Riena in Spain. A very modest walk of 300 miles, but a pretty big deal for us old folks. Keep posting when you can, I look forward to read about your journey. Buen Camino!!!!!

    Sent from my iPad


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    • Hi Nancy, I’ve just passed the 1,000 mile mark 🙂 My ankle still hurts but apparently it will for a few more weeks so I have it wrapped up and am just taking it very slow on the descents. Buen Camino!!!


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