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David Huck
City: Palo Alto
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: May 10, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jan 21st, 2008
Start: My house
End: My house

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 429
Journal Visits: 10,275
Guestbook Views: 1,150
Guestbook Entrys: 7

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Hybrid Side Burner Jet Alcohol V-8 Stove... technically speaking

Today was a rainy one, apparently dropping into the low 40's. But I was mostly inside building an excellent stove (I hope). It will weigh about an ounce and burn any kind of alcohol, preferably over 90%. While I could fill it with everclear that would be prohibitively expensive. Coolant line anti-freeze and engine performance boosters are far cheaper and better burning, unfortunately they all contain methanol, which is toxic. Since I'm storing the fuel bottle (1/2 pt water bottle) and stove in my pot I want to be careful nothing spills. From reading the PCT-L (listserv) I gather few people run into problems with their stoves. If you want to learn more about these stoves check out www.zenstoves.net. I'm also fascinated by their wood gas stoves. Essentially they heat wood creating charcoal and releasing wood gas at the same time, burning the gas and some of the charcoal. Far too heavy for a thru hike, but quite fascinating for more settled living, and could be built with rudimentary metal working skills. Unsurprisingly I am also considering buying an alcohol stove from www.minibulldesigns.com. How typical of me. Sure, they might work better, but if mine is good enough, why not just use that? huh?

Aside from the usual screwing around on the computer and eating I also got my Gossamer Gear pack today. Tomorrow it will get to hike up to the ridge and back down, with me attached. Sweetness! Unfortunately the glue on the stove won't have cured in that time so I will be using my simmerlite for hot beverages. It should also be noted that the alcohol stoves, generally, don't provide enough heat to really cook for more than 1 person. If you've got a "party" kerosene is way better. I wish I wish I wish... I had a bunch of pemmican right now: http://www.physicalmind.com/pemmican.htm

And while thinking about the whole trail journal concept. If I decide to try and do daily updates I wonder if my cell phone could do that too? I just wouldn't want to carry 2 electronic devices (cell and pocketmail) and I've decided that for me being able to have extended talks with important people in town will potentially be more important. Maybe I'll reasses before I hit the sierra's. If I was just relying on libraries and such I would probably only put in updates every couple weeks and then only about 1-3 entries per week.

Vaya con dios :)

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Restaurant At The End Of The Trail

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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