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JackandBarb - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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Jack and Barb
City: Encinitas
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Nov 26th, 2010
Start: Encinitas, CA
End: Encinitas, CA
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 2,932
Journal Visits: 385,613
Guestbook Views: 167,217
Guestbook Entrys: 482

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Halfmile's tracks and waypoints at Idyllwild (mile 160)


(page last updated 5/27/12)

Sir Issaic Newton once said: " If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants. "
So here we are, with the Internet, able to read other people's journals, see what gear they took with them, see what food they ate, learn about stoves, shoes, tents, packs, you name it!

We can see snowpack reports, download GPS waypoints and maps for the whole trail, read nutrition values of foods online, and, once on the trail, find our position on a "hand-held position locator" (aka GPS). We can update our position by satellite whenever we wish (aka "SPOT"), and send journal entries whenever we can eek out a cell tower. And, it wasn't that long ago when we had none of this. Does anyone remember CompuServe in the early 90's?

So for everyone out there in the cyberworld, who, by posting valuable information, are contributing to the success of our PCT journey, a sincere Thank You! We are standing on your shoulders.

Some of our useful online resources: Scott Parks not only gives us a means of communicating with each other but also supplies a potpourri of valuable links. You will find especially valuable information on snow and snow pack. Some of his pages require that you be registered to view - it is free to register and you will not get spammed. On his Sierra Entry Indicator page (registration reqd.) you can see the optimum date to be entering the Sierra (ie leaving from Kennedy Meadows). June 15th is the target date on a normal snow year. On the PCTA stie you can check out the PCT Snow Conditions as well. (Click on the "snow depth" box to see the trail with snow).

Wondering what to bring? See a whole bunch of gear lists here.

Craig's PCT Planner - Plan your whole trip with this handy online program. Change you daily mph, climbing rate, add zero days, and more. It's free and easy to use too. To get started, click on the tiny link at the very top right of the page.

There is a massive amount of information on trail food. One we found that fits our style is in Rachel and Scott's PCT journal . We have had a dehydrator for years and have been successful using it. Made up a batch of their beef stew last week, will try it soon.

Pack Light, Eat Right: Excellent nutritional information. There is a lot of other good info on this site as well.

Cooking and Trail Food: OK, it is for the AT but there are some great suggestions at this forum. If you are into this, read #2 and #3.

Another good discussion on food - Adventure Allan's

Halfmile's maps and gps downloads - Jack loaded up all the waypoints and tracks plus the 24K topo maps (purchased) on our Garmin Oregon. If you need info on how to do this, shoot off an email. If you are a Google Earth fan, download the Google Earth PCT kmz file (which will unzip to a "kml" file) and check it out. Use the zooming and the upper rotation controls to get side views! See some sample images of Forrester Pass above. You can place this kml file on your desktop and simply click on it and Google Map will open up with the trail. Then, there is halfmile's phone and wi-fi report . It tell you where the signals are... handy! Latest addition...Halfmile now has an app for your smartphone which could make taking a GPS redundant. Search for "Halfmile's PCT" for the app. You should also carry paper maps though.

Bearcant's interactive elevation profile maps. Way Cool! but in a way, tiring to look at :~P (read tongue hanging out)

Get weather info and water reports on the trail with your smartphone here. Download them when you have signal, use them on the trail. There is also a link to mobile journal entries.

OK, we've covered the gear you need to bring, how to plan your trip, when to be at Kennedy Meadows, what food to bring, what's left? Anything we missed might be found at this comprehensive resource site and PlanYourHike. Also at the PlanYourHike site you can find the PCT Class movies available free or for download - do check out our Class of 2011 video! PS: We might be updating this page if we find more good stuff.

So what's holding you back? We'll see you on the trail!

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