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Hayduke - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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Kevin "Bushwhacker" Cook
Begins: Apr 24, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jan 9th, 2011
Start: Home
End: Home
Daily Distance: 0
Daily Ascent: 0
Daily Descent: 0
Min Elevation: 0
Max Elevation: 0
Min Temp: 0
Max Temp: 0
Breaks: 0
People Met: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 670
Journal Visits: 22,145
Guestbook Views: 1,218
Guestbook Entrys: 35

Gear list Journal Plan

Pacific Crest Trail Map

iPhone test, second try

Let's see if this works with the date code configured correctly :p

I'm testing postholer's functionality that allows me to create journal entries via email. Postholer is pretty neat. There are a bunch of codes you can embed to update the stats on the journal too. I'm send all of them to experiment. Hopefully I don't make my stats wonky. If I do, hopefully I can fix it. My plan is to write journal entries on my iPhone in the mail app. I've created a note that I can use as a template. There are 2 required codes (date and my unique code), so this should make it easier each day. Just from this test I've already made some refinements to my template and decided it's easier to type long messages with the larger landscape keyboard.

I'll take this opportunity to talk about my planned use of my iPhone during my hike. It will serve several purposes. It obviously be my journalling device. In addition it will be my GPS, video recorder (DVD quality!), music and podcast player (Car Talk is awesome on long climbs), mapping tool (along with the GPS, and I am carrying paper maps), and other reference materials, datebook, town guide, knots, first aid, plant identification, etc iPhones are pretty amazing!

You're probably wondering how I will keep it charged. I'm taking an nPower PEG (npowerpeg.com). I don't have it yet though. They are a new company. The gave one to a thru hiker last year, but it didn't work. They have been working out an issue with their batteries. I spoke with them on the phone last month and they expect to resume shipping products at the end of this month or the first week of February. If this thing doesn't work, I'm not sure what I will do yet. I've looked into solar, but I'm not confident it will work well enough. Some folks claim it works, so it's an option maybe. I like the PEG because it generates more power and is not affected by clouds or tree cover. It works through kinetic charging. It's a brilliant product. It utilizes the up and down motion of my walking to generate power. Based on the specs, it should fully charge an iPhone 4 in about 6 hours. That's amazing! I've used my iPhone in the backcountry as GPS, map, video and still camera, and music player much of the day bit uses about half a charge. I'm confident the PEG will provide enough power for my needs. I'll certainly use more when I'm using the iphone to type journal entries like this one.

Well it's time to hit send and see how this goes into my journal. I expect to have to edit the code values I'm sending since most are zero and not applicable for a pre-hike entry. Misspellings and typos brought to you by iPhone.

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A Short Walk Of 2665 Miles.

"The indoor life is the next best thing to premature burial." ~Edward Abbey

 

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