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Begins: May 22, 2014
Date: Thu, May 22nd, 2014
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IN the final stages of planning. Keeping close track of conditions on the Sierra Nevada passes in order to plan resupply out of Lone Pine. Hoping I can hike the passes without an axe or crampons are they are heavy. But hey, they may save my life if there is ice and snow. Forester is the highest pass at 13200 ft.
Having an internal debate on resupply locations. It appears there are quite a few trail 'outs' for resupply. However, as in past LD hikes, getting off the trail is easier than getting back on as you get sucked back into the comfort vortex. Also, I takes additional time to find a store,shop, repack and return to the trail. On the other hand, the cost to mail trail food is typically higher the the cost of the food itself. I plan to have these finalized this week.
I have bought and tested 3 pair of shoes for this hike. Used the Solomon ultra 3D GTX last year. May go with the Solomon Wings 3 non-gortex or a great pair of lightweight La Sportiva Wildcats. I like them during test hikes but they hold water well. I am not a fan of wet feet. Will likely start with the Solomon Ultra for the gortex protection while walking in the high Sierra snow and rains. Then switch to a lighter shoe, LaSportiva when I reach Echo Lake. My good friend Jeff will likely assist with the mailing of my resupply and gear. Gracias my brother-from-another-mother!
Researching a new cook pot as the primus pot used previously is bulky. I'm eye-balling the GSI pinnacle soloist. Will test the pot only. Very light at 6oz and it will fit inside my bear can. This will save pack space as I can fit fuel,stove and more food inside the pot.
Tested a Marmot Mica rain jacket. Like it but wetness built up under the shoulder straps. WIll keep it as it is whisper-lite. Im thinking of not packing any formal 'rain pant'. I wear tech shorts that dry quickly. Will carry a $ 0.99 poncho that I can wrap around to form a rain skirt.
Found a great trekking pole at an REI garage sale. I have found that I typically only use one pole. Wil retire the MountainSmith pole. They served me well.
Touching bases with trail angels along my route. They are reaching back with offers of rides, lodging, etc. TA's are a vital part of the PCT community and are truly appreciated by this humble hiker.
Pre-trip Udate next week. Enduro