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Split & Two Step
City: Pleasanton
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: May 1, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Apr 26th, 2017
Start: Pleasanton, CA
End: Pleasanton, CA
Daily Distance: 0
Daily Ascent: 0
Daily Descent: 0
Max Elevation: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 777
Journal Visits: 61,924
Guestbook Views: 724
Guestbook Entrys: 57

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Two Step lays out our food

The preparation is over!

The preparation is over!

Two Step first started ordering food for our trip in February, and started seriously cooking and dehydrating in March. After organizing all of our food for the AT, PCT, JMT, and CT, she has become quite efficient. We also know what we like on the trail. I'm always negotiating for more turkey, stuffing, and gravy, where she is a big mashed potato fan. We both crave white chicken chili. There are 10 different dinners to look forward to in the evening (although sometimes they are consumed in the afternoon at a water source). Each dinner is in a freezer bag - just add boiling water, no cleanup required. Each day's menu has one of Two Step's numerous combinations of breakfast, lunch, and snacks. We will eat well on the trail.

In addition to finishing up the bagging and boxing of food, we have spent months acquiring new gear. We will still use our three-person Triplex cuban fiber tent from Zpacks. With lots of room for us as well as our packs inside, it weighs only 27 ounces. I'm carrying my Hyperlite Windrider pack, and Two Step has her special ULA cuban fiber pack. We both bought Thermarest Neolithic X-therm sleeping pads and Zpacks 10-degree down sleeping bags and down hoods. We both have Black Diamond alpine carbine cork poles, although Two Step's are new and mine were acquired prior to our 2012 AT hike (very durable). We are each carrying lots of electronics including: Iphone7+, Kindle Voyage, Anker 10000mAh battery, headlamps, chargers, and cords.

We are light, but not ultra-light. Our base weights are 16 pounds. Better than either our AT or PCT hikes, but with longer carries between towns and water sources, we will generally be heavier than on those trails.

As we weighed, packed, and checked off our spreadsheet based gear list, a sense of finality settled over me. The last walk through our backyard, a secluded oasis of green after a busy day. Cooking our last meal. Sleeping in our bed for the last time. I'm excited about our coming CDT adventure, but I will miss our friends and our home...

Ready for the CDT,
Split and Two Step

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Split And Two Step's CDT Adventure

The Continental Divide Trail is a national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada via New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. This unfinished trail can potentially span up to 3,100 miles. Learn more: www.continentaldividetrail.org

 

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