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Near Sand Lake
Last weekend one of my daughters (not Red-Feather) and son went snowshoeing. We started at White Pass (mile 2303) and went to Sand Lake (mile 2305.9). Present snow depth at White Pass is near zero, and for the first 0.75 miles we hiked across places that were bare dirt or just a couple of inches deep. It had snowed the day/night before so as we got further in and higher the snow was OK. Had about 8 of new snow near Sand Lake. I have uploaded two photos. One, with my daughter standing with Sand Lake behind her (a little to the right). The other photo shows daughter and son having a snack beside Sand Lake. As you can see in the photos it was a nice warm Spring type day, but much too early for Spring type days. For those doing the trail SOBO, if this weather pattern continues there will be less snow depth than normal. Usually we still hike in snow at the first of July in many places between White Pass and Chinook Pass (mile 2332).
During my trip to Alaska this week my new Nikon Coolpix S6800 camera came. It is small and light. Have to start testing it to see what I can do compared to the cell phone. Looks promising. Also, Red-Feather got us each a 2 liter MSR Dromlite hydration bag. Have to see how these hold up, but they will take up less space the carrying two more 1 liter bottles. We will start with each of us carrying the 2 liter hydration bag, and 2 one liter bottles. I have been carrying 4 liters of water for a few months just to have the extra weight for training.
Red-Feather has made progress with our meals. We will be using 1 quart freezer bags with dual seal for dinners. We have done this method for several other hikes and it works well. It does help if you have an extra-long handled spoon. Messy if you dont. Red-Feather has most of the meals already in bags (vegetables, noodles, potatoes, olive oil, etc. depending on the meal) , but we do add when we are ready to cook meat like chicken, salmon, tuna from foil packs, or dried beef or cut-up beef sticks. Put the freezer bag inside of a cozy that has a flap to completely enclose the freezer bag. Next we pour in (usually) 1.5 cups of boiling water. Let this sit for about 10 minutes and the meal is ready to eat. Usually after 10 minutes it is still too hot to eat, and needs some cool down time.
We are in our final preparations, with a little over a month to go. I just finished creating an Excel sheet of the preliminary mileage plan with re-supply points. I am sure this will change once we get going, but it gives us something for initial planning. For resources I used Yogis PCT Handbook (very helpful), Craigs PCT Planner (also helpful), Half-mile maps and trail notes (again very helpful). I also have Half-miles trail app for my phone. Tested this last weekend on the PCT while snowshoeing. I was pleasantly surprise that the phone GPS even worked under tree cover. The app showed us trail points close to our location, and while at Sand Lake indicated we were 101 feet from the camp there. I didnt take time to dig down through the snow to see if I could find it. Ill take Half-miles word on that.
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: www.pcta.org