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Holly "wildhair" Eggleston
City: Oakland
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 28, 2011
Direction: Southbound

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Date: Tue, Feb 15th, 2011

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A slight detour ...

I'm not a big one for blogging (journaling is not a problem for me, but writing for an audience is a completely different beast entirely). Regardless, the planning process has been topsy-turvy as I was all gung-ho to hike the PCT in 2011, but a leg injury from last fall has been slower to heal than expected. My January work notification date came and went with the ankle still acting sketchy, so I decided that the prudent thing to do was to delay the thru a year, continue to rehab the ankle, continue to plan and play with gear and food, and make a point of planning regular weekend backpack trips (rehab AND nature!) If all goes well, I'm hoping to hike a section or three SOBO (and slowly!) in late July / August.

The original plan to hike the PCT in 2011 was tied to turning 40 (whoot! but I figure 41 isn't that much different, really), and the decision to do the PCT specifically is significant as I've lived in both San Diego and Seattle, and it seems like a nice way to summarize the first 40 years of my life. I suppose if I wanted to be really hard core about it, I'd go all the way to my birthplace in Alaska, but maybe we'll save that for on the motorcycle.

Although I don't anticipate updating this journal too often, I do have a mad scientist streak when it comes to figuring out a good way to do things, so will make a point of making notes about things that work re: planning, food, gear, et al, as well as updates about section hiking later this summer.

Happy hiking and safe travels to all of those on the trail in 2011!! See you at kickoff!!

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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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