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Zbuster9000 - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2012

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Jordan Z
City: Victorville
State: California
Country: United States
Begins: May 1, 2012
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Mar 1st, 2012
Daily Distance: 19.5
Trip Distance: 35.0

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Over night trip in Wrightwood

Well yesterday we did an overnight trip in the mountains near Wrightwood. Tried some new shoes out that I'm still on the fence about so my search continues for footwear. I really wanted to sleep out in below freezing temperature to test out a new sleeping pad. The pad would save about a quarter of a pound over my current sleeping pad (Exped Synmat UL 7) and it also compacts a bit more. Well we hiked about 6 and a half miles and camped out at about 5000 feet of elevation. I brought a crappy thermometer and while quite archaic, It displayed that the temp was about 33 degrees when we set ourselves for bed. While not as warm as my Synmat, the pad was comfortable and I felt like it was good enough that I could sleep in it.

Well as the night wore on, obviously the temperature dropped and I awoke at about 2 a.m. pretty damn cold. I could feel my body warmth being drained from below me and I knew it was the pad because I've taken my quilt down to 18ish and was toasty. I looked at the temp and saw that it was about 25 degrees. This would be around the coldest temperature I would see during the 4 months on the trail but decided it wasn't worth it to be greedy with ounces when it came to your warmth. Luckily I brought my old pad with me and inflated it to swap out with the newer one. Withing seconds you could notice the change in warmth and insulation. From then on I slept aggressive as shit and slept pretty good considering how cold it was. All in all It was nice to get out for an over night trip and I'd say the mission was successful in testing a pad to choose for my trip. I'm going with old faithful. We packed up and did around 14 miles that day and returned to my truck.

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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. Learn more:


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