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Split & Two Step
City: Pleasanton
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 30, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jun 28th, 2018
Start: Pleasanton
End: Pleasanton
Daily Distance: 0
Daily Ascent: 0
Daily Descent: 0
Max Elevation: 250

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Entry Visits: 475
Journal Visits: 16,604
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Guestbook Entrys: 28

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Hiking down from Rose Peak, Alameda County, CA

Preparing for our next CDT adventure

Preparing for our next CDT adventure

Preparations for our hike this year were more compressed than usual, as we enjoyed some early and late spring travels back to the Midwest to visit family. Although we made some early procurements, such as my replacement Hyperlight Mountain Gear Windrider backpack, for the most part we had the well-functioning gear from last years CDT hike. As usual, the most time-consuming activity was preparing our food, which we plan to ship to all of our resupply locations. Even this activitys load was lightened by Two Steps extensive preparations last year. Uncertain whether we would complete the CDT entirely in 2017, she had prepared enough food to allow for that possibility. Carefully chosen and dehydrated, last years left-over food made up the bulk of this years resupply packages. Still, there was much to be ordered and assembled, resupply town options chosen, hotels and hostels called, boxes and UPS or USPS chosen, mailing labels printed, and todays run to the post office and UPS store made. Whew, one giant checklist item completed!

The other component of our preparations was training. Last year I had an injury that prevented me from doing many training hikes prior to our CDT start in May at the Mexico/ New Mexico border. The first week of that hike was painful, with blisters due to my soft feet and scorching desert sand. Ouch. This year I did three or four hikes a week, which is still much less than Two Steps daily hikes. But this year, we also carried packs weighted between 1/2 and 3/4 of our leaving town weight - the weight we have with six or so days of food loaded in our packs.

In addition, we climbed at least half a mile vertical on each training hike, and did almost a mile vertical on our twenty-mile hike up to the top of Rose Peak on the Ohlone Trail. I dont pretend this training is nearly as strenuous as our days will be on the CDT, but I hope it has toughened our feet and body sufficiently to prevent early stress injuries.

Prepping for our return to the CDT,
Split and Two Step

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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:


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