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MikeD - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2013

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Mike Douglass
State: PA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 7, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Mar 17th, 2013

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 2,462
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Misc Considerations

1) Electronics and Navigation. I am taking my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, loaded with Backcountry Navigator and Halfmile's tracks, waypoints, and trail notes. (Halfmile is well known for his maps and notes). I also have the Android PCTHYOH app that centralizes many things...Fire Report, Water Report, Snow reports, Weather, Direct access to post to this journal, and more. I have Erik The Black's Pacific Crest Trail Pocket Atlas 3rd Edition. I will be testing Halfmile's new Android trail app (not sure what it is yet, the developer is sending me an early release for testing). Guthook is also making an android app for 2013 (IPhone is done).

On my Note 2 I have a couple of e-books, a couple of audio books, podcasts, and of course music. I am carrying 3 extra batteries, and 1 extra "extended life" battery for a total of 15,500 extra mAh. I have a LG Electronics HBS-700W Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset. Nice. I have a SPOT Personal Emergency Beacon...just in case.

2) First Aid. I got the following emergency prescriptions from my doctor: Flagill...(Metronidazole) for giardia. Prednisone..."makes everything a little better" per my doc. Good for poison oak and poodle dog-bush. Vicodin...emergency pain relief. Augmentin....general antibiotic. Add to that lots of over the counter Vitamin I (Ibuprofen).

3) Feet. Montrail AT+ shoes. My whole life my shoe size has been 11. I have these shoes in size 12. I am using Dirty Girl Gaiters to keep dust and scree out of the shoes. Each evening I will clean my feet with wet wipes. Each morning I will apply Body Glide to my heels and other blister-prone areas. I will be using Wrightsock "anti blister" quarter socks (they are double layer). It worked before, so I am just repeating my JMT experience where I hiked for 240 miles without a blister. Foot care is a top priority!

4) Cooking/food. I have the JetBoil SOL Titanium stove (10.8oz). A full propane bottle weighs 7.0 oz. I will ONLY be using the JetBoil to boil water, something it does very very well. Convenient, quick,and easy! I have Starbucks Via coffee - enough for 2 cups per day. For breakfast, I will be re-hydrating Mountain House granola with blueberries, Hawk Vittle Oatmeal, and Outdoor Herbavoire Applaachia and Muesli. Lunch is snacking throughout the day and consists of a large Hersey bar, Snickers bar, 6 oz of Trail mix, a bag of Cheese Its, a Honey Stinger bar, and a strip of jerky. Dinner is all about Mountain House dinners. Food weighs in at 1.7lbs per day. See Pictures

5) Training. Well, the answer to this is NONE prior to the hike. I believe in the "train on the trail" theory. May not be the best way, but it is my way! Another reason to start slow. It worked for me on the JMT.

6) Still in search of a Trail Name...a nickname used by a hikers. Here is a definition "A trail name can be chosen by the hiker prior to the hike, but is considered more official if it is given to the hiker during the hike. A trail name often derives from an unusual, humorous or significant characteristic or event associated with the hiker. Sometimes it will derive from something the hiker says or something that is said to the hiker. A trail name is said to "stick" if the hiker accepts the trail name and other hikers begin to know him by that name."

7) Clothing WORN: Shirt - ExOfficio Halo Long-Sleeve Shirt. Pants - Columbia Silver Ridge convertible. Underwear - Smartwool NTS Micro Weight Boxer Briefs, and the Wrightsock quarter socks. Dr Shade Sun Gloves. Hat - TILLEY - LTM6IS AIRFLO. Bandana. Trekking Poles: Leki Corklite with flip locks.

8) Clothing CARRIED: 1 pair Smart Wool Socks (sleep). 2 pair Wrightsock quarter socks. Patagonia Capilene 2 Boxer Briefs. Smartwool NTS 150 weight zip longsleave T. MontBell Ultralight Down Pant. Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket (rain / wind shell). Patagonia down sweater. Black Rock down hat / possum wool gloves. Zpack rain gloves. Zpacks large cuben fiber dry bag for clothes in pack. See picture above.

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Mike's Epic PCT Journey

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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