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Rharold - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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Ryan "Dr. Chonies" Harold
City: San Francisco
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 7, 2011
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Fri, Feb 11th, 2011

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Starting to get after it

So, with my first journal entry I have now taken my first step to solidify my intentions of hiking the PCT this spring/summer/fall. I first heard about the PCT when I hiked a section of it with my high school leadership class in 2004. It was a section outside of Sierra City. My teacher told me how people hike the whole trail from Mexico to Canada. I've been dreaming ever since. I'm now 23, have a bachelors degree from Oregon State, and am completing my teaching credential at SFSU. I'm still a somewhat novice hiker. I've been on a few overnight backpacking trips with friends; usually 10+ miles a day. What has motivated me to do this hike is my attempt to breakout of my scholastic lifestyle and go on an adventure. I also intend to meet many friendly people in the process. I've been reading blogs and Yogi's PCT book to help prepare myself for this journey. I'm pretty confident in the gear that I have acquired. I've chosen gear that appears to be favorable to others who have used it, and gear that is light weight. My base weight is looking to be around 10 lbs, but I guess that will be covered in my gear list.

I'm going to be getting my thru hiker permit shortly, sorting through maps and handbook pages, creating a tentative itinerary, and getting prepped logistically for the trip. I will be starting early June, so I'm planning on starting in Agua Dulce or Tehachapi. If all goes according to plan, I will leave Manning Park in mid September and go south to Mexico from my original starting point. I have 3 1/2 months until I hit the trail. Stay tuned!


-Ryan

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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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