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Mdcalpoly - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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State: Colorado
Country: USA
Begins: May 1, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Feb 24th, 2009

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 668
Journal Visits: 48,559
Guestbook Views: 1,335
Guestbook Entrys: 12

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Gear list

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Hope my feet actuallly do expand!?

decisions, decisions

I have accumulated 99% of the gear I need. I only need a handful of miscellaneous items like a new sleeping pad, bug netting and food containers but there was one big item still on the list...SHOES. It has become and evil word. I have tried on twenty different shoes, each in three different sizes. I have researched every shoes, read everything on the PCT-L and drawn on my own experience to determine which shoes would stand up to the wear and tear and what size was appropriate.

If you don't pick the right shoes they could end your hike in less than a week. The shoes I had grown to love, the Montrail Hardrock, has been discontinued so after many nights of dreaming about my feet turning to mush in the wrong shoes I finally made the decision to buy the BLUR SL by Vasque and be done with it. Now it's time to log some miles in the new kicks.

Side note: I will be graduating college in three weeks. That is mind boggling. I have been going to school every year since I was 5! It will truly be a bittersweet experience. I have loved living in SLO town and it will be a very sad day when I leave town with my life in the bed of my truck. But I can't wait to be done with school and moving on to the next adventure and what lies beyond.

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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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