Hot Hot Hot

I thought I would be out of the heat once I left the desert in Southern California's. I was wrong, this section was a scorcher. To add to the heat I passed through Lassen Volcanic National Park — where there is quite a bit of geothermal activity. 

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Bubbly hot muck lake. 

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Burnt down hot forest in Lassen.

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Great van. 

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They really wanted me to not veer from the trail. 

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Hot legs. Socks courtesy of Ms. Thron. 

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Hot shade. 

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Hot box. 

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Totally trashed sneakers. You can see the external mesh torn free from the sole exposing the inner lace support. These nike zoom Wildhorses had air 'zoom' cushioning that only lasted a couple hundred miles before deflating. At this point in the trail my feet were so callused I could've been walking with sandals and have been fine.  Regardless of this models short comings Wildhorses are still my favorite shoes and the newer version has a rock-plate and reinforced / rubberized sides that keeps a pair on my feet upwards of 500 miles. 

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Nothing better than new socks in a resupply box. I washed my socks at least once a day as I rotated through my three pairs. These thin wool socks really fall apart fast if you don't at least try to get the dirt out. 

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Shasta looming in the distance. It stayed on the horizon for hundreds of miles. 

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This section was as hot and exposed as it looks in this photograph. Temperatures were consistently in the 90's and it didn't really cool down at night. I had my 0 degree sleeping bag with me. It spent most of the time balled up at the end of my tent while I lay sweating in my sleep. 

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New sneakers —already getting grimy.