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Woodchuck
State: Oregon
Begins: Jun 26, 2011
Direction: Southbound

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Date: Tue, Apr 5th, 2011

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Gearing up: I've been SPOTted.

Most of the gear is in. Packs, tent, bags, ice axes. But SPOT just recalled our satellite communicator. For the record, SPOT has fantastic customer service. Dialing an outsourced call center, while a wonderful adventure in itself, is not something I want to deal with when trying to sort out why my life safety tech gear is beeping. Kudos, SPOT. On the other hand, the products themselves seem to suffer from pre-season anxiety. This is the second year I've taken a SPOT device with me; last year was the second generation original device (I believe) and this year we've upgraded to the paired DeLorme GPS/SPOT system--both had to be replaced twice.

A couple weeks before departing last summer, the SPOT I had been successfully using for several months quit. She just stopped talking to the satellite/dish array in the middle of a training hike without warning (although looking back, I suspect she may have been seeing someone else). It was replaced by another unit that never started working (I was later told this was operator error on SPOT's part), and that was replaced by a third unit that worked superbly for the duration of my trip and even bailed me out when I developed achilles tendonitis coming out of the Gorge into Washington. Thanks, SPOT.

This year is starting out in a very similar fashion. The first pair of devices wouldn't talk to each other. I considered couple's counseling but opted for an exchange. The second set, the one I have now, worked great. Or so I thought until SPOT told me otherwise (some sub-par chip somewhere that doesn't like the cold). So I'm waiting on the shipping to have it sent in for repair/replacement and hoping this will be the end of it. While I am enamored with the convenience of staying connected with SPOT's gear, the reliability issues have got me edgy. One more hangup and I may just consider sending Sexy Saxman Saxograms to keep in touch (worth the google).

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2011

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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