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Date: Tue, Apr 28th, 2009
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The chicken is involved, the pig is committed
Friends and Family--
Welcome to my first journal entry, where you can amuse yourself with the ramblings of a man who is hiking day-after-day by himself. Enjoy...
Much like the pig at breakfast, I'm committed. Or maybe I should be. Today I bought a one-way plane ticket into the heart of the Swine Flu Pandemic, aka San Diego. I'm arriving Saturday, May 9th in the evening, with a "time to make the donuts" departure time on Sunday. My biggest challenge over the few days before my departure is to plan my resupply strategy and ensure I have food and gear when and where I need it.
Mistakes with food planning are never going to be serious - Nothing that time and money can't fix, which are unfortunately both items in short supply for an unemployed hiker. Mostly I want to send healthy, nutritious food to counterbalance the gas station jerky and Fritos I will be consuming. In the 32 days on the Appalachian Trail, I lost 7 pounds in 630 miles -- Some was winter padding, but I will obviously have to do a better job of filling my belly on the PCT. It is really hard to consume 5000 calories per day, especially when you are cooking with limited tools.
Kickstep, a fellow hiker I met on the AT, is starting a week before me with his significant other, Annie, and since he's done Southern California before, I'm leaning on his experience to get me through the desert fed and hydrated. My current quandary is the ice axe requirement around Idyllwild (mile 178) - Scouts recently reported treacherous terrain. I'm hoping it melts out in the next 3 weeks so I don't have to carry my extra-heavy (1.75lbs) ice axe from Campo through the High Sierras (almost 900 miles vs. the 200 I was planning).
Well, 11 days until departure, so I'll have more to write as things progress and D-Day approaches.
Until then, hasta la vista baby - Frisbee
Frisbee's 2009 PCT Hike
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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