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I have finally accumulated all the gear I think I will need to start my hike in April. I say start because I know there will be things I want to send home, exchange or add after I start hiking. I know I cant think of everything, so I am not going to try too, just need to get close. I still have a few things I could upgrade, most notably my camera and sleep system.
I still need to take my sleep system on a couple of test runs to see if it is going to keep me warm when its cold. I say sleep system because my sleeping arraignment is more than just a sleeping bag. I do have a sleeping bag, but it is only rated for 40 degrees, not nearly enough by itself, so when needed I also have a down jacket and down pants for added warmth. My sleeping pad also plays a part in how warm I'll be as it insulates me from the cold ground. On my previous test run in November I lacked the down pants and was pretty cold camped in the snow at 6000 feet. Hopefully the pants make the difference, if not I'll be ordering a new $ 400 sleeping bag.
My camera is the other piece of equipment I could upgrade. With the rate at which electronics evolve these days it is impossible to keep up to date, but my camera is over 5 years old and served me well. It might be time to retire it. I have been looking at the Canon S100 point and shoot. It is relatively small and light weight yet packs some really good features. One down side is that it requires the use of a rechargeable battery rather than AAs. I prefer AAs because I can buy them anywhere and carry extra when needed. I like to take a lot of pictures so I am worried that in some sections the battery wont last.
The maps I'll be using to guide me along the way should arrive next week, all 460 pages of them. These, along with the trail guide I already have, will get divided up between the various boxes Shawna will be sending me so that I dont have to carry all of them at the same time.
I have started to gather food for the trip, dehydrating peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, olives and a few pounds of hamburger. I also bought some bulk dehydrated refried beans, powdered hummus, tortellinis, couscous, etc Still need to find some bulk cheese powder and tomato powder. Ive mostly been thinking about dinners since that will be the main meal of the day, but I also need to start stock piling snacks. Things like tamari almonds, raisins, peanuts, dried fruit, and candy bars. Hopefully I can keep chipping away at this and not have a lot to do at the end.
Some of the other things I have started to collect to put in the resupply boxes are travel sized toothpaste, toothbrushes with the handle cut in half, travel sized sunscreen and hand sanitizer, ibuprofen, zyrtec (allergy medication), benedryl and athletic tape. It is really hard to determine when I'll need some of these items, but as they say If you really need something the trail will provide, which is just another way to say that if you run out of something and it doesnt kill you, you never really needed it.
Pacific Crest Trail - 2012
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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.
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