He is my hero. Will made it back to the Snoqualmie Pass Pacific Crest Trailhead at 8:30pm tonight. Preston and I met him with bells on. :) Bear bells that is.
Anyway he had quite the adventure, which I'm sure once he has gotten some sleep and eaten several thousand calories, he will be well enough to blog about it. Maybe next week.
He is getting ready to soak in a hot bath right now both to soothe his shaking sore muscles and to get the layers of dirt and sweat off of him. He was pretty nauseous when I picked him up. He called me about 4 miles from the trailhead and said he had hit the wall and was done. He hadn't eaten since 11:30 this morning because he would just throw it up. His feet were hurting him pretty badly (but wouldn't yours hurt if you'd just hiked 75 miles without sleep? Well, he did take a few naps here and there). But somehow he managed to actually run the last 2 miles.
I was praying for him the entire time during that last hour. It was dark, I knew he was exhausted (he practically went the distance of 3 marathons), and he needed some extra help from above to make it back. Boy was I glad when I saw his headlamp and the hobbling body connected to it come down the trail to the parking lot.
He said he saw 4 black bears along the way, one of which he spooked as he came around a corner. He was about 20 feet from it, so he diverted his eyes and slowly backed away. I almost peed my pants listening to him tell me about it, so if had been me in the actual situation I probably would have had a heart attack and died right there on the spot and would have made a nice dinner for the bear.
Aside from the bear scare though, he said it was some of the most beautiful back country he'd ever seen. He'll post pictures later I'm sure.
I'm going to try and see if I can get some more calories down this boy, give him a foot massage, and see if he'll eat the victory blackberrry pie I made for him.
Will I'm so proud of you. Even if I think you're a little crazy. I love you so much and am so happy to call you mine.
Everyone else - Ciao.