Day 1: Back to Sierra City

Update: Currently I am in a hotel in Chester, CA having just completed my 8th day of hiking north from Sierra City on the PCT. I am doing well. Tomorrow will be a zero day in Chester – I will resupply, do laundry, take a few showers to get the stink off and post some blogs from the previous eight days. Day 1 follows:

PCT Mile 1195.4 to 1202.4

Miles Hiked = 7.0

Today was a transition day from home to the trail. I was up early to catch a flight to Reno. Then I hired an Uber driver to drive me 70 miles to Sierra City. Since it’s against the law to carry a fuel canister on an airplane I had planned on having the Uber driver take me to the Reno REI to buy one. He was very accommodating but REI was not! They were out of stock! What a surprise! – I’ve never seen an REI out of fuel canisters.

Fuel canister next to Bic lighter

But I had a back up plan. There is a country store in a Sierra City that caters to hikers and luckily they still had inventory. Good for me, now I don’t have to eat cold-soaked freeze-dried meals for the next five nights! I’ll be able to boil the water and enjoy a warm meal with my rationed Jack Daniels. Trail life will be good!

Fuel canister with burner attached

The Uber driver dropped me off a little before 3pm at the trailhead near Sierra City. It was Mile 1195.4 on the PCT. I was hiking a few minutes later.

I was hiking under and then traversing around the Sierra Buttes – prominent craggy peaks that rise above Sierra City.

Sierra Buttes from 2019
Under the Sierra Buttes

It was all uphill for seven miles – I gained about 2800 feet so it was a good first day on the trail – exactly as planned.

I’m camped at little over 7000 feet below the Sierra Buttes.

I also had a visitor in camp. I would try to get close to take her photo and she would run away. A few minutes later she would return and I would try again.

It was also a nice sunset.

Thanks for following

13 thoughts on “Day 1: Back to Sierra City

  1. Hi Todd! Glad you were able to get your fuel canister. Your photos are beautiful, especially the ones of your visitor at camp. It sounds like you’re enjoying the hike so far. Thank you for keeping us updated. Love, Reeny


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