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Ron & Julie "Snowplow & Rubber Legs" Cluster
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Date: Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
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Pacific Crest Trail Map
Rather than put our current 50 year old, out of shape bodies on the trail and expect to "get in shape" on the way (which I have heard is a REALLY bad idea...) we decided that we should do what we can to prepare for 5 1/2 months of 20+ mile days. Right.....
So here's what we are doing.
Julie is putting about 3 to 4 miles on an elliptical machine most every day.
Ron started riding a bicycle to work last September, 6 miles round trip.
And then most every day we take a neighborhood walk in the evening to toughen up our feet. We started out at 3 miles and have now worked up to 5 miles. Our goal is to have walked at least 300 miles before we start on the real hike. These walks are being entered in the Training page so you can see how we've been doing.
We are walking 7 days in each pair of shoes/boots that we intend to use on the trail. This is to make sure there are no rough areas or other hidden problems with each pair. We intend to start carrying our backpacks and gradually add weight until we are up to about 20 pounds or so. We don't want to go heavier at this point because we are walking on concrete or pavement instead of a softer trail.
We also have one snow trip planned in February to get some training with Crampons and additional training with Ice Axe self arrest. We may try to work in an additional trip if we have time.
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