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State: British Columbia
Begins: Apr 29, 2012
Date: Thu, Apr 19th, 2012
Start: Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
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Last Minute Preparations before Depature - T mnus 3 Days
Making last minute preparations for departure for the PCT. Will be flying from Nanaimo, BC to San Diego, CA on Monday, April 23rd. Will spend the 23-25 enjoying some last minute R&R with my wife Susan, who is coming to see me off, and to buy food for the first days on the trail. Will be attending the Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off (ADZPCTKO) April 26 - 29 at Lake Mareno Park 20 miles up the trail from Campo, east of San Diego, to meet other thru-hikers, get last minute updates on water availability and trail conditions, and sort out any last gear issues. Susan will drop me off early at the start of the trail at Campo on the morning of April 29 and I will start my long walk north and she will head back to San Diego and fly home. There is a saying that every journey starts with the first step. In this case, this journey will also start with a big gulp!
Spent this morning buying odds and ends for the trip and the afternoon reviewing Yogi's PCT Handbook Trail Tips and Town Guide and the Halfmile PCT maps I have and plotting the sections in Yogi's handbook on the PCT Trail map I received from joining the PCT Association to get a sense of the overall trail and to get some idea of what each section looks like. This is the first time I have sat down and studied this material to think through my trail strategy - especially where I expect to resupply since I am going to be doing so on the trail. I am not taking a cell phone or a computer with me so I used Yogi's guide to identify where there is internet access along the trail and pay phones. The availability of internet at town libraries along the way convinced me that it was worth setting up this journal. Now I just have to hit these towns along the way and make sure I am there when the libraries are open. There are some towns with internet cafes, which will also help. It looks like there are enough pay phones available that I can get and use a pre-paid long distance card to phone home.
Reviewed Halfmile's projected PCT hiker schedules and decided to use the 4.5 month trip duration as my guide. Found an example of a more detailed 5 month itinerary and resupply strategy on the net which I will use as a guide for resupply. Matches pretty closely to what I'm looking to do based on the review of the material today. Most I'm going to do at this point since it could all change once I'm on the trail.
Waiting for my last gear delivery - a WB rain jacket, extension, chaps, and over mitts from zpacks. Only one more mail delivery day before I leave. Have to figure out a plan B to get it to me if it arrives next week after I'm gone. This gear may prove to be important given the weather that thru-hikers are experiencing on the trail so far.
Still mulling over the idea of a bounce box. Halfmile's maps weigh 3.5 pounds and I'm not interested in hauling all of them from the start. Still have to settle on how to divide up the trail sections (Yogi's guide and the maps) for mailing in the bounce box which gives it enough time to arrive and I mail it to a location on the trail that has outgoing mail service. Have some extra pieces of gear such as replacement tips for my trekking poles and a bug net and Deet that I would like access to along the way as well. The USPS will be at the Kick Off and they will be able to help me make a final decision.
That's it for my first journal entry. Need to figure out tonight how to upload photos, etc. to my journal while I'm on the trail.
Donald Golob's Epic PCT 2012 Adventure
Donald from the PCT
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