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Date: Thu, May 5th, 2011
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Near this time last year I reluctantly shed my through hiker skin and got refitted as a section hiker. Most of you reading this site know the difference in will, determination, and effort between doing the trail in one big gulp, and sipping it like fine wine: one glass at time.
For context on that transformation, you can follow my trail and travails from Mexico to Pines to Palm in the 2010 section of Postholer.I will always be in-awe of those of you who are at the starting gate full of either evil or heavenly intent to blast on through to Canada in one calendar year. Wistful envy aside, , a section hiker I now am. I’ll be happy to move aside should I happen to see you blinking your Petzl in my rear view. Smile as you go by, and I’ll take your picture: the best perk of being a section hiker is that I will have the time to take a pic or two now and then.
Changes from last year relate mainly to the fact that I only have to plan for 150-200 mile sections at a time. That’s a big difference in many ways, especially from a resupply standpoint, and with respect to gear selection like stoves (I love canister stoves, but from a through-hiker standpoint, finding canister fuel can be a problem).
Another big change was to the camera equipment. The goal had always been to get the best ratio of weight and performance that was compatible with long distance hiking. As all of you know, weight matters. I shaved more than two pounds from last year’s camera gear weight; but retained my ability to shoot RAW with a crisp German lens. Yes, there were trade-offs. I won’t be as good in low-light, and I’ll be 9mm less wide, but for a 10% reduction in weight carried, I’ll work around the issues.
Restarting from my end-point of last year at Pines to Palms Highway, I’ll be heading up and over San Jacinto & Mt. Gorgonio in May, and look forward to meeting or re-meeting some of you along the way.
As a housekeeping item: I pondered whether to roll over my 2010 Journal to 2011, but I decided to keep my 2010 Journal intact as a “chapter” & start a new section of it each year in Postholer until I finish…likely in 2014. I’ll use this meme as a postscript for 2010 and a prelude for 2011. See www.trailscapephotography.com for last year's (2010) trail images.
150 Days & Nights On The Pacific Crest Trail
"...is the picture a tenth of the thing? A hundredth? Is it anything without the smell and salt breeze and the yellow warmth when the fog lifts? Oh, but I got all that too. It is exposed forever on the sensitive emulsion sheet of my mind." Terry and Renny Russell, On the Loose 1967
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