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David "Day-Late" Thibault
Begins: Apr 29, 2009
Date: Tue, Feb 24th, 2009
Start: Home in Tucson
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I'll start with an introduction, for readers that don't know me.
I'm planning on thru hiking the PCT in '09. I thru hiked the AT in '07 under the trail name of Lunar but am currently using the trail name of Day-Late. There is a story to both of the trail names (there usually is) that I may post later. I'm 48 years old, and am again taking time off from work to do a long distance hike. I really enjoy the long hikes, although short ones are nice too. I will be heading NOBO (northbound for the non hikers) on this epic journey and will be attempting to make good time with the emphasis on GOOD. I feel extremely privileged and lucky to be able to do this - I still haven't figured out how I get away with it.
I expect to start around April 29, a few days after AZDPCTKO. I will probably attend the kick off, but will head out afterword to avoid the "hurd' issues. I went last year and enjoyed it very much.
I will be doing some resupply by mail because I am a pickier eater than the average thru hiker - I enjoy a good tasting meal. On the AT I only had Ramen noodles a couple of times - and that was more than enough!
I will be attempting to update this journal electronically using a peek email device (www.getpeek.com). I'm hopeful that this will work out well on the trail. On my previous thru hike (the AT) I kept a hand written journal that was not published. I will primarily be writing this journal for myself but hopefully others will find it interesting. I still enjoy reading over my AT journal - it brings back a lot of memories. I may post a gear list, I'm working to cut my pack weight down (who isn't) but I am not what would be called Ultra-light. I'll probably be carrying between 20 to 35 pounds depending on if I'm just leaving a resupply or just entering one. I expect this trip to be more challenging than the last in many ways, and I thought the last was pretty challenging. I'm looking forward to the Majesty of the mountains as well as meeting lot of great folks. It will be nice to wind down from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind as well. I think that is thing I like about hiking the most - the wind down.
I've been working over the logistics of this trip and have pretty much completed the planning of my resupply. Now I just have to implement it. I'm sending myself some food packages and I'll be trying a few new recipes (as well as some old trusted ones). I've made up a couple from www.onepanwonders.com as well as www.freezerbagcooking.com I recommend both sites. I've also used some from the book "Lip Smacking Backpacking" with success. I find food a major preoccupation while thru hiking. On my '07 hike I lost 20 pounds, that put me back to my high school weight. When I got home my wife said I had the body of a 12 year old girl! But I'm back to my normal weight again. I'm hopeful I can do the PCT without as much weight loss this time. I'll have to pack away even more snickers bars and Ben & Jerry's this time, bring on the Chunky Monkey!
Thru Hiking the PCT in 2009 (yes all 2650 miles)
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