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Luke Sierrawalker - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2012

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Luke Sierrawalker Team Spiderbark
City: Basel
Country: Switzerland
Begins: Jun 2, 2012
Direction: Southbound

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Date: Fri, Mar 9th, 2012

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resupply package in the making

The Plan

I've always intended to hike the pct sobo, on the one hand because the prospect of overcrowded trail towns does not appeal to me that much, and on the other hand because I've always been doing most of my hikes south- or westbound. I kinda like to walk towards the sun...

I've gained my backpacking experience mainly on my traditional annual March "Chemin des Cretes" hike, a route in the Swiss Jura Mountains from near Zurich to beyond Geneva (if you include the adjacent section in France). This is probably more than 350 km (220 miles), which I've done without any resupplies in between and, depending on the snow conditions, substantial parts of it using snowshoes. I imagine the Washington section might be sort of like this, and I'll most likely take my lightweight snowshoes along and send them home as soon as the snow is gone. This might allow for a somewhat early start, giving me more time to get to the Sierras in time! I've had my fill of postholing, too.

The planning has now been done and there will be mainly resupplying along the way wherever this is reasonably convenient, and I've got 4 resupply boxes (each containing 10 kg / 22 Ib of food, with 40'000 calories!) which will be sent to locations where I found this to be difficult.

As I definitively know now, sending food to the US is not that easy either. There's been quite a bureaucratic challenge, which included filing a complex prior notice at an FDA online system for each food item in the boxes. Let's hope they will arrive on time and keep me going!

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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:


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