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Date: Tue, Jun 26th, 2012
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Almost done preparing!
I'm almost finished with the whole resupply procedure. I started freaking out this morning when I realized I have to mail my package to Vermillion Valley Resort via UPS, not USPS - this is a huge problem because you can't ship fuel through UPS. But, after some research, I found out that I can buy fuel (hopefully the right cannister) at VVR, Tuolumne Meadows, and Kennedy Meadows Resort - my 3 resupply points. I figure worst case scenario - most of my food is freeze dried - I can eat it cold if I have to. Or, I can raid the hiker barrels (a stash of free stuff other hikers have unloaded,) and hope to get lucky.
I'll mail my VVR box out today, and the other two I'll give to my dad to mail out. I loaded up my pack yesterday, with all my gear, food for 6 days, (no water,) and it weighed 32 lbs. It's not bad, but it's still pretty heavy - especially after I add water in. So, I think I'm going to ditch my poncho (spray waterproofing on my parka instead), shovel (maybe I can find a lighter one in reno, or use a plastic tent spike) extra cord, and emergency fishing setup (I don't even know how to fish, let alone clean/eat a fish!) My hygiene/first aid kit is pretty heavy - I'll try to do some pruning there too. I found out I probably won't need my ice axe, so I'm excited that 1) I don't have to carry it, and 2) I won't have to go through the harrowing experience of using it.
Yesterday Mom and I made my old groundcloth usable for my Tarptent. My old roomate accidentally threw away my tyvek ground cloth (aaarrrrrgh!) so we outfitted my old REI dome tent ground cloth with some compactor bags (duct tape is awesome!)
I also got a new iphone to take on the trip - my old Android phone had a cracked screen, and the battery would go dead after about 30 minutes. (I suspect this may be from using my solar charger, however. :/ ) So, now I have a shiny new iphone with some really cool PCT apps to help me find my way. I got my PCT maps in the mail yesterday - today I have to cut the extra stuff off, and transfer Half Mile's waypoints and campsites onto the maps.
Gear list to come!
On The Earth
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity. I learned that the world has a soul, and that whoever understands that soul can also understand the language of things.
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