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Brianle - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2008

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Brian "Gadget" Lewis
City: Bellevue
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 27, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Start: Kennedy Meadows
End: Kennedy Meadows
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 664.5

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... And a Zero at K.M. too

I'm pretty sure now that I'll zero here today too (it's morning as I'm typing this, easier to get on a computer in the morning). J.B. and I were signed up to do our laundry together but missed the cutoff so we have to wash and dry it today, plus there are still various things I want to do here before leaving. Certainly to include getting another double hamburger at the local eatery. I'm guessing that by the time I would be comfortably saddled up and ready to go, so much of the day would be gone that it makes sense to just stay here tonight and go out tomorrow morning.

One challenge everyone has here is figuring out how to carry all of their food. For the first 47 miles out of Kennedy Meadows a bear can isn't required, so I've packed all the food I need for the first two days into a bag that I'll hang, and won't have to crack open the can until day 3. I figure 5 - 6 days to Independence, closer to 6 perhaps including something like 9 (?) miles on a side trail out to the trailhead where I can hitchhike to the town. Plus an extra day of food for a side trip to climb Mt. Whitney. This is apparantly the highest mountain in the continental U.S. I believe, should be a lot easier nevertheless than climbing Mt. Rainier was some years back, partly as (doing the default route anyway) it's just easier, and partly because I'll be in good shape and already acclimated to the altitude. I'm not thinking it will be *easy*, mind you, but easier, and hopefully a hoot.

Sorting through the gear and rearranging things is kind of fun. I sort of have to re-learn how to pitch my tent (tarptent contrail) as it's been a while since I used it, and a bit of finesse is helpful.

Anyway, best guess is that I'm out of here early on the morning of the 7th, and will likely do fairly low mileage (15 miles?), because I'll probably be carrying more weight on my back than I have so far, and there are several thousand feet of steady climb up to higher altitudes from here on (where there's less oxygen to breathe). In general, people suggest planning less miles per day in the Sierras, the rule of thumb I remember reading is "if you've been doing 25's, then plan on around 17 miles per day in the Sierras". It's a matter of climbing up to a lot of high passes, dealing with a lot of snow in places, some challenging river crossings, etc. Can't wait.

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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:


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