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Gadget Girl
City: Hood River
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 1, 2012
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jul 9th, 2012

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Training hike on Mt Hood

Preparing for my 2012 PCT section hike

Each year I take three weeks vacation and bite off another piece of the Pacific Crest Trail. Yep, I'm a section hiker. First year was from Crater Lake to Cascade Locks (felt like I was walking home since we live in Hood River, 20 miles away), second year was from Mt Adams to Stevens Pass, third year was an attempt to hike from Stevens Pass to Canada but due to high snow levels (even in early August) and a few medical issues, we had to abort and hope to try again soon. This year I will be taking advantage of the low snow levels, well, non-existent now, in the Sierras and tackling the section from Tuolumne Meadows to Mt Whitney Portal. We tried to start from Yosemite Valley, but oh my, it was hard to get a wilderness permit starting there.

My loyal hiking partner Jingle Bell can't join me this year due to having back surgery this past spring but another hiking buddy wanted to go, so Mr.Bob will be joining me. Bob doesn't have a trail name so we'll just go with "Bob" for now. Jingle Bell and Forget-Me-Not have been joining me on my training hikes and they are such great people to hike with.

I've changed up my gear a bit over the winter and spring looking to lighten the load. Went with a ULA Circuit pack and it is very comfortable to wear. Bit the bullet and got a ZPacks Hexamid Solo-Plus shelter - I've slept in it a couple of nights out in the backyard and am still figuring out how to best work the ground cover. I've decided to leave my beloved Camelbak bladder home and go with water bottles. I understand that with the low snow levels this year that the creeks will be pretty much dried up and one has to depend on getting from lake to lake, so I hope it all works out. I drink a lot of water on the trail. Sort of had to leave the water bladder behind anyway since that darn bear canister takes up so much space in the pack.

Just have to finish up my resupply boxes - dehydrated most of my lunch and dinners. I bought a digital scale and it was an eye opener on how much each meal weighs. It's been helpful in switching out meals for the longer sections between resupplies.

My buddies assigned me a trail name of Gadget Girl years ago because I carry so much electronic gadgets around with me. I'm trying really hard not to take it all with me this trip but I do love gadgets....

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PCT Section Hike - Tuolumne Meadows To Mt Whitney Portal

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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