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All Day Long
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 3, 2014
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jan 13th, 2014
Start: San Diego area
End: San Diego area
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,127
Journal Visits: 43,359
Guestbook Views: 2,009
Guestbook Entrys: 13

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A look back - how did this happen?

Entry #2: Covering: Monday, Jan 13, 2014. Todays mileage: PCT: 0. Bonus: 0. Total: 0. Loc: Home

Its been a year since I was bitten by the PCT bug. It seemed like a gradual transition from day hiking to having the urge to return to short backpacking trips. That quickly morphed into an interest in thru hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Why the PCT? I like the Sierras and Cascades. And, it is comparatively close and I had prior experiences in several of the areas through which the PCT travels. I was going to wait until an appropriate on line journal was chosen, then start posting. However, I realized that the preparation process is also a target rich environment for journaling. Even if no one else cared, I would enjoy reading about my pre-hike experience. Most of the past year has been filled with gear choices as I discovered that my current gear, although decent, was going to be too heavy. So I began the process of swapping out for lighter and/or more functional gear. The summer of 2013 was spent near Portland, Oregon so I made several 2-4 day backpacking trips on and near the PCT in the Mt Hood, Oregon area. As a result, my thru hiking knowledge base was substantially increased while my comfort level as a solo hiker stabilized. Having accurate information always is a good thing, even if its not happy news. Up until Fall, 2013 I was sharing my PCT interest with others, while at the same time not fully committing to the hike. By winter, I had fully bought in to the idea and stated my goal was to hike from Mexico to Canada in 2014. Now that the gear issue is pretty much solved, somewhat dictated by my bank account, I have transitioned into the food and resupply domain. Its a challenge to balance good nutrition choices with resupply locations and the associated costs. This project will tax my resources and I need to be creative in order to ensure a quality hiking experience. Having never attempted a project like this, I can say that I notice a level of anxiety that comes and goes. I keep telling myself that I will have done the due diligence by the start of the hike in early April, and any issues can be solved on the trail as they arise, which some clearly will. Hopefully, no medical issues will arise that my Medicare coverage can not handle. Physical training, through hiking, has also begun and within the past 10 days about 40 trail miles with a day pack have been logged. I intend to begin hiking with my full pack, less food, as of February.
Please take a minute to leave me a comment as I enjoy reading them. I will do my best to answer questions, however once on the trail that may be difficult. Delivering a package to me will require coordination so it conforms to my pace and arrives ahead of me and that I know to look for it.

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All Day Long. (Dave T)

 

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