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E.P.
City: Mt. Shasta
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 3, 2013
Direction: Eastbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, May 28th, 2013
Start: small house in the woods
End: coffeshop in mt shasta
Daily Distance: 4
Trip Distance: 759.3

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 364
Journal Visits: 13,760
Guestbook Views: 1,249
Guestbook Entrys: 9

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reviews and musings

In retrospect, I liked most of the trail. Most of the whinging you might have read is likely due to hypoglycemia, wind, and being really, really lonely. The GET has convinced me that hiking the CDT alone would be a poor life choice; I find myself with a permanent job, so that might be unlikely for a few years anyway.

GET vs AZT:

AZT: harder to get lost, bigger towns, better recognition of trail, made for horses, long water carry

GET:designed for foot traffic, not really a trail persay, but a route; lots of water; tiny, tiny trail towns

Favorite trail town: Superior (for some reason I really like that town)

Number of people who asked me if I was scared: 4

Favorite: Magdalena ridge walk day

My brain is wandering here in Yaks coffeeshop.

Review of Zpacks Gear:

So this year my backpack fell apart so I ordered one from Zpacks. I ordered an Arcblast; I really loved it: lightweight, simple, and held up to the bushwacking through stabby plant land exceedingly well (one hole on top only!). It got a little bulked out during 5+ days food, but carried well even with full food + water = 30 lbs. Zpacks has great customer service and even custom made the pack. One warning: it's not waterproof.

Upon receiving the Zpacks pack I was so happy with it I ordered a hexamid. The hexamid solo+ to be exact. It is very, very light and very, very breezy. I like the mesh floor design. My problems with it include: the pole is in the middle of the door exit. Being a clutz and somewhat reluctant to leave my warm sleeping bag to pee in the middle of the night, I have yarded into it in a hurry to exit the tent and pulled the stays on many occasions. Gents probably don't have this issue, and it really isn't bad, except when there is rain condensation on the inside of the tent.

The other issue is the lack of free standing: prior to this I had a tarp tent Rainbow (which I might go back to), usually I don't do free-standing, but in the desert this would have been awesome on rainy nights. I think in NorCal this should be a non-issue.

Cheers,

EP

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How Many Lbs Of Green Chilis Can You Fit In A 52 L Pack?

Eating all the food and slowly going insane.

 

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