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Begins: May 8, 2011
Date: Thu, Mar 10th, 2011
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Forcing myself to Start
Plans are kind of sorting themselves out. I put in my two weeks notice, a month and a half early to give the University time to find a replacement that I can help train. But it also looks like I wont be able to leave until May 14th. I am a little worried about my pacing and such (seeing as how its my first long hike) so I think I may start at Angeles National forest, which will put me at pace with most thru hikers ( I think). This is of course subject to change. I also plan on attending the Day Zero Kick Off to at least meet some people and hopefully gain some useful knowledge by seasoned hikers.
Since my starting place is also close to home I am hoping to convince a few friends to join me for the first 20-100 miles of the trip. I think for my nerves this makes me feel a lot more at ease with every aspect of the transition. I can always come back and finish the rest at the end of the season if I have time, but I would hate to short change myself and get stuck in a really shitty weather situation in Washington.
Backpack is on its way, and besides that I have all my gear and most of my clothes, very exciting. I am going to be doing a hike in Big Sur this weekend with my girlfriend, and possibly going to visit my Mom and Grandma near Yosemite the following weekend for my grandmother's birthday. Likely there will be snow there, So I think I will get a chance to test out my Sierra gear in the best place possible!
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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