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Jack "John Deer" Wallace
Begins: Jun 15, 2013
Date: Tue, Apr 30th, 2013
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I seem to start my journaling later and later each year. The first year, there was a ton of excitement and anticipation. I still have that or I would not be publicly committing to try to hike another 500 mile stretch. Perhaps, there is no sense of urgency; I know what I need to do; if I screw up, then I go to plan B. I know the trip will happen when it is supposed to happen.
I finally figured out the number of unfinished miles: right around 970. I thought it was less but I added up my current mileage and it only totaled 1680 (plus or minus). What is left to do? There are 3 major sections: 1) Hikertown to Trail Pass; 2) Sonora Pass to Dunsmuir; and 3) Snoqualmie Pass to Manning Park. So what will I try to do this year? I am pretty sure that the desert section will be the absolute last but on the other hand I really want the last mile to be at Manning Park. In addition, I initially wanted all of the miles to be south to north but the PCT has been all about compromise and give and take.
So here is the tentative 2013 plan. Initially I plan to start at Dunsmuir and head south on the PCT and see if I can get my chubby butt to Sonora Pass. This compromise of heading south was based on logistics. It is a lot easier to get to Dunsmuir via public transporation (Amtrak) and eventually somebody will give you a ride out of Sonora Pass. Three years ago, I only waited one hour and the guy took me all the way to Lake Tahoe. That was a great way to re-enter society. The second part of the 2013 plan is to do some more of the Snoqualmie Pass northward section. Multiple friends have indicated interest in doing parts of this part of the PCT. Also, since I live here in Washington state, a ride home is only a cell phone call away although I would owe someone big time to drive all the way to Rainy Pass in the North Cascades.
As far as starting times go, I feel the need to get going due to low snow pack and the desire to carry as little water as possible. I have been monitoring the "postholer" link to the NOAA snow pack map and the trail appears snow free all the way to Lassen Park including the area around Devil's Peak.
I plan to go to Agua Dulce for the second half of May; come home; and head out as soon as possible for Dunsmuir in early June.
More info to follow.
Jack Wallace aka John Deer
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