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Date: Tue, Aug 16th, 2016
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Mailed out my one and only resupply box last week. Sure is easy packing only one box, especially when I can pretty much reuse the menu and packing list from last summer. The menu is not very exciting, but it works and all the ingredients were available at the local market.
Getting the gear ready was a little more interesting. When I came off trail last summer I threw the pack in the corner but somehow a number of the smaller items wandered off and I had to find or replace them. The old ZPacks backpack is rated for one thru hike. That seems about right as it's pretty much in tatters and required substantial duct tape repairs for the 3rd time. Originally the pack sack itself weighed 9.4 ounces. Now there is an additional 5.4 ounces of duct tape. Oh, well, it's still lighter than almost anything out there and I think it will make it to Canada!
My shirt has a small tear near one of the shoulder straps, but it should make it. Important because I have no spare clothes (just had to put that in there :).
All in all, most of the gear will have made the whole trip, except for a polycryo ground sheet that was a little torn up by the mid-point and a old foam sleeping pad that went flat by the 1000 mile point. The wear and tear on gear during one thru hike is probably more than most people put on their gear in a lifetime, not to mention people generally change gear several times to have the latest and greatest stuff.
Anyways, the 100+ items in the pack have gained a little weight. Not only the duct tape pack repairs, but some of the replacement items are a fraction of an ounce heavier and it all adds up to where the base weight is just over 11 lbs, including the tent.
Training is, well, nothing to write home about. Haven't had time to walk more than 8 miles at a time. Started carrying a training pack with a couple gallons of water. About two weeks ago the heaviness of the pack abruptly ended on an 8 mile walk, so that's back to "normal". Seems like 15 miles days will be ok.
Once again, the hardest part of the trip seems to be getting out of Dodge. This time I'm only gone for two weeks, so it's easier to just put things off. And it's just a normal vacation from work. But still. And it looks like there may be no cell reception at all until I reach Canada. Ah, which means the journal entries may be delayed. Maybe Stehekin will have WiFi?
Train tickets, bus tickets, hostels and hotels are all lined up. Heading out in a couple days!
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