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And so it begins...
the preparation, both mental and physical.
I have learned in my years of studying this trail, and hiking portions of it, that this is more of a mental challenge. The fact that you have the chance to be able to leave the trail pretty much at any point. So the real adventure is literally locking yourself in the wilderness. Don't get me wrong I love being out there on the trail, but my biggest downfall is being able to go home at any point. When the indigenous people moved throughout much of the same area I am to hike, they had no option but to walk it. With the hundreds of road crossings, it is as easy as putting out a thumb and in a matter of hours you can me back in civilization.
I do think that zero days are important because we are a people of culture, but I must learn how to do without the luxuriousness of the city.
Beyond that I have begun my investments into lighter gear. Purchased a sleeping pad yesterday, Pacific Outdoor Equipment Hyper-Lite Regular. It's a little heavier than I had originally wanted, coming in at 17 oz it will still be good. The nice thing is that it has extra padding via inflatable back support.
I am also going to changing out my pack. I have been hiking with the GoLite Pinnacle. I love the pack but the lack of an internal frame bothers my back. I have decided to get an Osprey Exos. I will let you know more about gear later.
For now I am in full-swing with preparations for next year.
Hope your own hikes are going well, till next time, Kaba
Pacific Crest Trail - 2010
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