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Breezy
Begins: Apr 28, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jun 27th, 2010
Start: KM
End: KM
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 143.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 578
Journal Visits: 4,368
Guestbook Views: 159
Guestbook Entrys: 3

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Kennedy Meadows

Entries up to Day 61 have been posted at www.danransom.com/new. I haven't had time to migrate them to postholer as well. Sorry. Here's day 61 though.


702 miles down, 1953 to go. Heres some of the details.

Kennedy Meadows marks the first significant milestone on the PCT. It represents the end of the goddamned desert, and the start of the mountains, including the biggest of them all, Mt. Whitney. The first 700 can be summed up as a sand slog battling crazy winds, huge waterless stretches, deep sand, chapped lips, sunburns, lots of sagebrush, snakes, a few nice ridgewalks, and the doubling of an appetite. The highlight so far? The fact its over. It was brutal. Stupid brutal. Heres some stats.

Days walking: 34
Days injured: 22
Blisters: 10
Pairs of shoes: 3
Pairs of socks: 15
Most Water Carried: 7 liters
Most Food Carried: 21 pounds
Most Water consumed in a Day: 11 liters
Hottest temperature: 103
Coldest temperature: 25
Highest Elevation: 9400 (Mt. Baden Powell)
Deepest Snow: 5-6 Feet
Deepest Sand: 4 inches
Longest stretch without crossing a road: 35 miles
Nights of precipitation: 0
Nights pitching shelter: 12
Times tarp has blown out in wind: 1
Most snakes seen in one day: 8
Desert baseweight, in pounds: 9.5
Sierra baseweight, in pounds: 16.5
Days where Ive asked myself why the hell Im doing this: 61

Favorite gear: Dirty Girl Gaiters (2nd would be Patagonia Houdini)
Favorite food: Nutella
Favorite Town Stop: Idyllwild

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2010

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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