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City: Shippensburg
State: PA
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 15, 2012
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 1st, 2012
Start: Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
End: Spokane, Washington
Trip Distance: 63.2

Journal Stats
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The Mad Scramble

Having decided to jump on the PCT and hike southbound after my friend's wedding in Spokane Washington, I began the mad scramble to get everything ready in only a few days time. I paid off my rent for the next few months, ate all the food in my fridge, visited the grandparents, and of course, researched and prepared for the hike itself. I first stuck to the essentials: downloading and adding a large library of audio books and music to my ipod. Then I set about repairing all of my old gear that had survived my AT thru hike. The handles on my hiking poles were falling apart and needed super glued, my 850 down 15 degree sleeping bag had a hole and was losing feathers so I superglued it, my shoes were perfectly fine but I superglued them anyway, and so on and so forth. I acquired a PCT Yogi Guidebook and broke it down into the sections I needed, downloaded all of the maps I needed to my phone, as well as the data book, phone numbers etc. I was lacking a camera so I put a 16GB card into my phone so that I could use its 8 mega pixel camera without worrying about storage space. I bought backup batteries for my phone and ipod, both of which should last a week without charge. I watched America's next top model and cried when Tiffany didn't make it to the finals. It was a hell of a work week.

In the end, and after what research I had managed to squeeze in, I determined that I still needed bug netting, a warm layer such as a puffy coat, a larger pack to carry more food (PCT resupplies are farther between then AT), a hat for sun protection, and some sort of water purification (I did not carry any on the AT but have decided to on the PCT for iffy sources). I also learned through my research that hiking southbound on the PCT is apparently considerably more difficult and that most people seem to fail at it before even making it out of Washington. Curious, I began reading the Southbound trail journals of hikers from years past, and found story after story of horrible snow, lost trails, icy slopes, and the inevitable bail out to the nearest town. As far as I can tell, only one person made it last year. Naturally, this only excited me greater, as I am considerably less prepared (I love an adventure). The only thing going for me is that my start will be in late july, so most of the snow will be melted, although I had read somewhere that the snowpack was 300% that of average, so maybe not. It was all too much, and so I said screw it, and decided to acquire all that remained in Washington State, as I would be arriving a week and a half before the wedding anyway. I also decided, as I am trying to join the air force and leave by december for SERE, that I would probably only hike Washington and Oregon, ending near the California border and heading home. This being said, the option for me to continue is always open should I choose, though I would probably be destroyed by blizzards in the Sierra Nevada.

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2012

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
and now I'm hiking South Bound haha


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