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Brian Wilson, Jenny Eckel - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2008

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Brian and Jenny "Photon and Nargles" Wilson
City: Flagstaff
State: Arizona
Country: U.S.A
Begins: Apr 25, 2008
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Mon, Jan 14th, 2008

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Done with marathon training now on to PCT training

Well we made it! Yesterday Brian and I finished our 1/2 marathon. I am quite surprised we did better than last year considering we did not train as much. We have been getting a good amount of snow here in Flag and it just won't melt. Meaning the trails are iced over and the sidewalks are covered in snow giving us no where to run. I'm to much of a klutz to try and run on ice, plus we have both been sick with a cold. I made the mistake of running in a brand new pair of running shoes, I had all sorts of plans to break them in but we got another snow storm and never got a chance. I almost wore my old shoes but didn't really think that they would hold up to all the pounding of the road. I got this gnarly blister on my toe that resembled a "tumor" around mile 1, as long as I kept running it didn't hurt too bad. Elevation was definitely on our side, we live at 7,000 feet and the run was in Phoenix which probably around 1,100 feet, it is definitely easier to breath down there (besides all that brown smelly air).

Now we will be focusing on training for the hike and saving lots more money. We hope to do a couple of backpacking trips between now and the PCT, to work out the quirks of our gear. I got a new backpack for the trip (Granite Gear, Vapor Ki) and I want to make sure I love it like my Gregory. The biggest difference between the two is the weight, 2lbs vs. 6lbs. It was a hard decision to get a new pack, but this guy I met from school who hiked the PCT a few years ago said that every pound really does count, and he strongly suggested that I get a lighter pack (I am sure I will be thanking him while hiking in 110+ degree weather.) I really like all the compartments of my Gregory so that I can stay organized, the granite gear is just one big compartment. I got some small storage bags to help me get organized, I'm sure it will all work out:)

so now, we train.........

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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org

 

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