983Re: [John Muir Trail] Re: aaaccckkkk!
- Jun 2, 2005Ah John...sorry we do not have well cept one in Maine many crazy creek crossings on the AT....:) I do understand that feeling and guess since I am heavier than my hiking parnter I'll have to be the grounded one eh? :)
thanks for the tips...I will certainly go upstream...:) are you hiking this year anywhere? We are hiking end of July into mid Aug...so maybe will be ok by then. Plus I heard things are really melting now although I have not checked the snowmeter...
John Randall <sierra_marmot@...> wrote:
Sorry, didn't mean to activate the freakometer. My daughter was 5'8,
120 and she started to approach liftoff--that point where you feel
your toes leave the bed of stream--and started to float downstream
about half-way across Bear Creek. That was in July 1998, a very
average year. Being taller (and much heavier) I was able to use a
hand to help her step one at a time through the center channel.
My suggestion would be to hike in August, late. If you have to hike
earlier, when you reach the crossing--and if you determine it's not
safe--then head upstream to your left and find a point where you can
cross the creek. Someplace upstream you'll get wet but get across
OK. You'll be able to rejoin the trail after an obvious cross-
country. A half hour later and you'll be at Marie Lakes, a really
beautiful spot on your hike.
You'll do fine.
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