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Zog - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2015

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No trail name
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 4, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Jan 24th, 2015
Trip Distance: 0.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 554
Journal Visits: 23,373
Guestbook Views: 1,092
Guestbook Entrys: 18

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The Name Game

A brief note on trail names:

I do not have a trail name. I tend to hike alone (One of my big goals for this year is to try to get to know my fellow hikers better.) and so have not acquired a trail name, which would normally be bestowed by one's fellow hikers in honor of some observed characteristic or event. The name I go by, Zog, is more an alias or nickname, acquired decades ago in Fire Stations and used since then. The name works pretty well as a trail name, but that's not what it is.

Coincidentally, Zog was a caveman character in a few Far Side cartoons (of which I am a big fan). in each case, the character was a decent reflection of my general behavior but I had the name before Far Side was created.

ROUTE and ITINERARY: I am starting a little early this yet, with a 15 mile per day speed limit until my body gets into the swing of things. One side trip I am considering is deviating off the PCT near mile 64 (south of Scissors crossing) and walking a few miles north to explore the old mining district up there. I grew up in gold mining country and enjoy exploring the relics of that bygone era. Once in Julian, I want to visit the underground gold mine tour on the north end of town. Went there years ago and found it interesting.

Contents of my mobile home: A major goal is reduce the weight I carry. To that end, I am thinking that I will stow some of my foul weather stuff in a bounce box and carry lighter weight cold weather gear when possible. Observe daily the weather forecasts. (Weather Underground is a great ap for this, even if it is named for a despicable terrorist organization from the seventies.) I know to carry enough to survive an unpredicted weather event, but I can carry a tarp while bouncing a tent, carry a 45 degree bag while bouncing my 20 degree bag, etc. I am still in the thinking stage of this, and reserve the right to change my mind.

Of course, the best weight reduction I could do would be around my belly, but "to thine own self, be true." I will be packing some extra weight for the first weeks. Once on the trail, it goes away fast.

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