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Erin-w - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2014

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City: Richmond
State: Virginia
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 16, 2014
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Tue, Jan 14th, 2014

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More Gear Talk (mostly shoes...ugh)

This entry is more for me to keep organized than anything else. I've got most of the gear I need, just a few things left!!

-MicroSpikes - I got an ice axe for xmas, but since it's shaping up to be such a low snow year, I'm gonna wait on the crampons because I may not even need to buy them.
-Running shorts - I'm just gonna buy some on clearance/with my REI dividend when I get it cause it's gonna be big this year
-A couple more pairs of Injinji lightweight socks
-Long sleeve button down for desert hiking - I'm thinking REI Sahara?
-Waterproof/rugged case for iPhone
-Dirty Girl Gaiters
-Plane ticket to San Diego!
-Random odds and ends - small plastic bottles for coconut oil, hot sauce, etc.

UGH. Shoes are the bane of my existence. So much so that they get their own damn paragraph. So here is my issue. I've been distance running in Vibram Five Fingers for almost 2 years now, and I love them. I wear my retired running shoes to work when I can, and when I'm not in VFF's I wear either Converse or skate shoes, none of which have an arch. I've tried on I can't even tell you how many pairs of barefoot/minimalist shoes to try and find something I like as much as the Five Fingers, because I've heard of people breaking toes and whatnot on the trail and I don't really want to have to deal with that. So my issue is that every time I try on a pair of shoes that has any arch, no matter how small, it bothers me and I find the shoe uncomfortable. It feels like a little gremlin is digging into the arch of my foot and poking it repeatedly with a stick. I've tried on a couple pairs of Merrells that weren't completely awful, but nothing that felt as good as my Five Fingers. The other issue with them is sizing. I have no idea how much my feet will swell in the desert, and the sizing on Five FIngers is so much more precise than other shoes, I couldn't even begin to guess which size to go with. I currently own 3 pairs (all different styles) in 3 different sizes. Crazy! This shoe business is giving me a headache! I can't believe I just spent this long talking about shoes. Has anyone successfully hiked in Five Fingers or switched to something else they find just as comfortable? HELP!!!

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2014

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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