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Today I made my plans to hike the PCT known to the company where I work. I decided to give them six weeks notice in a hope to not burn any bridges. Their reaction was as expected, regretted seeing me go, but overall uneventful.
I've been continuing to work on my resupply preparations and acquiring the necessary gear. My plan to use my 40 degree sleeping bag took a bit of a turn when a gear store in Eugene, Oregon, put the 15 degree sleeping bag I've been looking at on sale for 30% off. I'll probably trade back in forth between the two bags throughout the hike.
Physical training has been lagging a bit, but starting to get out a little more and put some miles on my joints. Shawna, myself and a small group of friends have started doing day hikes almost every Sunday which is real nice and I've been bringing my full pack to get used to the weight on my back. I went for a few runs but ended up with a cold which put an end to that.
Over President's Day weekend I was able to get out on an overnight trip for the first time since November which was great. A group of four of us hiked 7 miles through the snow and up a mountain to a small cabin I know about. The cabin was warm and dry with a fire going in the small wood stove, but was still 17 degrees inside the following morning.
There is still quite a list of things I'd like to take care of before I leave, but am feeling pretty good about how much work is left for the amount of time. After today there will be 49 days left till I leave for Campo, seven more weeks to finish getting ready. I'll have a full week between my last day of work and leaving which should help with any last minute changes.
In the middle of all this preparation, Shawna and I will be taking a week off at the end of March to go to Yosemite and see a friend of hers down there, then maybe head down to Death Valley and back up to see Lake Tahoe. It will be the last trip we will get to take together for quite awhile so I am really hoping I am not obsessing too much about my PCT preparations. This trip will also be a good test run for all of my gear, giving me a little glimpse into what it will be like to live out of a backpack.
I still haven't made up my mind about a camera for the trip; my guess is that I'll be ordering one just before leaving. I still haven't seen anything I like better than the Canon and I think that since I am upgrading from a 6 year old point and shoot to a new modern camera that I'll be pretty happy with the picture quality.
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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.