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Jack and Barb
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Tue, Nov 23rd, 2010
Start: Encinitas, CA
End: Encinitas, CA
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The Game Plan
Ok, here is our game plan for hiking the PCT.
See everyone at the KO (that is a big party held here in SD, in late April). Be flexible on the start date. Check the snowpack.
Travel light but not ultra light. Base pack weight is the weight of our packs (and the clothes on our backs) without any consumables (food, water or fuel). Jack is hoping for about 20 lbs and Barb at 15. Barb likes freestanding tents and we will likely pack a three pounder (guess who carries it?). Jack likes electronics and will likely pack a GPS, camera, smart phone, small am/fm radio and spare batteries plus chargers. Yeah, we might dump a bunch of stuff after 500 miles but we plan to maintain some of these "creature comforts", if for nothing else than our mental health. Would love to take the pocket rocket (stove) if we knew there was isobutane available all along the way. (can we smuggle a cannister in our food boxes?). With a full load of food and water (add 15 lbs) we are looking at 35/30. We will keep telling ourselves that the packs will get two pounds lighter every day (until we resupply). Full gear list being developed.
No bounce box, at least at this point in time. Somebody out there will have fingernail clippers, huh? (note: A "bounce box" is a box that follows you from one point to the next, or to a further point along your way. You might put battery chargers, scissors, warm clothes etc in your bounce box - before you leave a town, you mail the box forward).
To stay light, resupply food often, every 3-5 days (as possible). Do a zero in most resupply towns, hang with the locals. EAT! (more mental and physical health). We are playing with Craig's PCT Planner, and right now, we have 30 resupply points, 27 zero days, and the entire trip is looking like 152 days. This planner is great. If you are even thinking about doing the PCT, check it out.
Have a variety of food: We did a 5 day last summer in the southern part of Yosemite. We figured we lived (more like subsisted) on about 2,500 calories each per day. We were famished when we got out (we Yogi'd some chow from our friend Rich). For this trip we are planning on more like 4,000 to 5,000 cal. per person per day (this isn't counting the 8,000 calorie extravaganzas in the towns). Can one even eat 8,000 calories?
We are choosing to supply the bulk of our food by mail rather than hunt up food in town. Hit the PO, pick up our food box then kick back in town. Right now, we are experimenting with dehydrating beef stew, full food plan and report to follow.
Start slow - We will plan for 12-15 milers for the first five to ten days, then start upping it if it feels good.
And, what we consider most important: View this adventure as a whole bunch of 5 day backpacking trips, with a day or two rest between trips - Heck, anybody can hike for five days! Our goal is not to get to Canada, only to the next fast food joint!
Jack And Barb Take On The PCT
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