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Boxcar - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2012

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Boxcar Laddy
City: Liberty Lake
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 9, 2012
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Nov 14th, 2011

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Planning

Attended the PCT meeting at Cascade Locks last Labor Day. Met several wonderful hikers (Lost and Found, Jackrabbit, Hooker, Mad Hatter and others). Don't get the "trail name" assignment bit. "Boxcar Laddy" was bestowed on me by friends when I lived in a van while attending WSU. Lost and Found and Jackrabbit were very helpful and insightful about starting the planning process. I am 61 years old, retired, and also a Vietnam War army veteran. At this point I am planning a solo trip to begin in April. A hiker by the name of Billy Goat told me to just go do it when I asked questions about physical endurance. He apparently has hiked it several times and appears to be around my age (apologies if you aren't). Jackrabbit indicated he'd be at Kick-Off to help get me going if I needed it. Still not sure what "Kick Off" is but I'll find out then. Went to Montana last month to check out my gear. I'll need to replace some gear but overall I have little concerns. I will acquire two more hiking shoes and get them broken in over the next few months. I am learning how to dehydrate foods for my re-supply stations. Last year I was hospitalized with a Diverticulitis attack and staying hydrated is imperative. Overall, I feel pretty good about my progress. I still need to learn: "journaling" (this is my first attempt); hiking on snow (headed to Montana this week be begin); and light-weight backpacking (Ray Jardine's books are great but my pack still weighs 25 lbs without food and water).

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