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Date: Wed, Jan 6th, 2010
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Can I start yet?
Four months left to my tentative start date and I want to go. Now. I feel like I've been waiting for this trip for nearly 20 years. I've relished the challenge of the PCT since I found out about it as a Boy Scout.
Preparation is keeping me incredibly busy. I can't believe how much there is to learn and how much to buy.
The folks on Whiteblaze have been a tremendous help in educating me about how to take Amtrak back home. Today I tried a meal I was hoping would work on the trail. It was a cup of oatmeal and two scoops of protein in a liter water bottle. That would be 600 calories with over 50 grams of protein. It tasted good enough, but all the oatmeal sank to the bottom. I had to dig out the oatmeal with a spoon. That won't work. Tomorrow I'll try 2 cups of oatmeal with 2 scoops of protein in a ziplock bag. Hopefully that's thick enough to easily eat with a spoon. I'd rather have food that I can eat while moving, but for now that will have to be trail mix. I also read about half of the SoCal guidebook.
I've been paring down my gear list, but even when I pare it down, I find that there's more to buy. For example, I'm learning that my hiking boots may not be suitable for a long hike. Trail running shoes are much better (cooler, lighter, less prone to cause blisters), but they wear out in 500-700 miles. Nonetheless, I've been checking out the Montrail Hardrock, Inov-8 Roclite 370 and Keen Voyageurs. I bought a pair of Roclite 370's this weekend for $ 60. I also got an email back from Vibram saying that the KSO Trek's should last 300-500 miles. Aside from shoes, I still have a lot left to acquire:
My gear list would be shorter, but I want to leave early to maximize my chances of getting back home by mid-August for the fall semester.
So preparation continues. Tomorrow I may buy a MSR Whisperlite from a local, finish the current guidebook and start the second one, try the modified oatmeal/protein meal and start placing want ads for the ice axe and crampons. On Thursday or Friday I'll be back at the library picking up more books. This weekend I hope to go for a short hike to prepare my feet and legs. Right now my feet and legs are in very poor shape. It would also help if I lost some weight since it's looking like my weight would need 8000 calories a day to hike at a decent pace. Losing weight means less calories, less money on food, less wear on footwear, fewer blisters, less water, etc. Right now I'm at 215 lbs. Still though, I'm extremely excited. Even if I'm in poor shape on my start date, I'll still go, even if it means I'll be going very slow. Is it April yet?
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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