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Begins: Mar 17, 2014
Date: Wed, Mar 12th, 2014
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Introduction to my 2014 PCT season
Well, here I go again, continuing my quest to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail. I attempted a thru hike last year which turned out to be a bit more than I could handle. So now I'm a section hiker. I did manage to hike 719 miles of the PCT last season (Sections A, B, C, D, M, N and part of G) and would like to hike at least that much again this year. We'll see. I'm an avid hiker, but throw a backpack in to the mix and things get dicey. In a perfect world, I would finish all of California this season. My aging body may have diffenent ideas. Whatever happens, I plan to spend most of the next 8 months on or near the PCT. The general direction of this season's hikes will be northbound, although flip flop would be a better description, just hiking the trail in whatever direction seems convenient at the time. Section hiking is logistically challenging.
First hike on the agenda is Kennedy Meadows south to Agua Dulce in Southern California which is about 250 miles. This is an area I skipped last year due to exhaustion, excessive heat and general discouragement. Now I will try this piece again earlier in the season in hopefully cooler weather. I'll be leaving my home in Northern California in just a few days and will start this hike in less that a week.
Last year I hiked solo, but for this upcoming hike I will have a partner, Gwynne. I'm looking forward to this as I got a bit lonely hiking by myself last year. We are roughly the same age. I'm 64 and she is several years younger and I think we will be a good fit. We became acquainted after she commented in my journal guestbook last year. She was planning to get on the trail in 2014 and wanted to pick my brain about trail stuff. She is an experienced backpacker and this will be her first long distance hike. She was not too keen on hiking alone and neither was I, so we decided to team up. We have been working together throughout the winter to plan this beginning of the season hike. If we enjoy hiking together, we will do another big piece later in the season. She also plans to hike from Campo at the Mexican border to Warner Springs after we finish this first hike. Good luck, Gwynne. We've got this!
This early hike has some challenges which makes it feel somewhat adventurous. It looks like we will be some of the first hikers this year to travel this part of the trail. Southern California has had a very dry winter. The springs where hikers normally get water may or may not be running, so I guess we will be the ones doing the scouting. As extra insurance, we plan to drive to various trailheads and cache water for ourselves before we start hiking. This is all quite different from last year, starting from the border with good information as to water sources. I'm looking forward to the challenge and the adventure.
These sections of trail (E, F, and part of G) will likely not have much cell service so journal entries will happen at towns where we stop to resupply. I will be submitting water reports as we travel along. I know it's early, but hope to see a few other hikers along the way. Good luck and happy travels to all the PCT Class of 2014. Hope to meet many of you here and there on trail this season. I also plan to do some trail angeling in the Lassen Park area later in the summer.
For anyone interested in my gear or what transpired last year for me, see my 2013 postholer journal, same user name, concownancy.
My 2014 Hike On The PCT
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