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Scott "" Stetson
City: Apple Valley
State: California
Country: U.S.A.
Begins: Mar 30, 2017
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Tue, Apr 7th, 2015

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Well, after years of dreaming this hike, I am now hoping it can become real. I'm journaling my prep work which may take a year or two, or more. Why? I have a business and need to sell it before I can go away for 6 months.

Now, what's involved in my pre-hike? Well, first step is lose at least 80 pounds. Yep, that's a lot, but that's the plan. Good news is, I've already lost about 30 pounds. I can probably do the hike before losing all 80 and lose some on the hike, but I'd like to get closer to the 80 to make it easier on my body. The progress is somewaht slow, but I've lost the first 30 pounds in about 4 months and that included the holidays so I feel very positive about the way it's going.

The second prehike issue is gear weight and gear planning/testing. I am at around 12 pounds for my Big 3 at this point. If you look in my Gear list you can see that. I will be swapping out the backpack and shedding around 4 pounds there which will put me in a good target zone. As soon as I get that worked out I will endeavour to make decisions regarding my stove. I'm pretty darn happy with my Primus ETAPower EF. Weighing 27 ounces is a little bit higher than others, but this includes the stove, pot, lid, windscreen and heat exchanger. I'm thinking that boiling water faster will mean less fuel to carry and make the difference. I boiled a liter and a half the other day in my courtyard (2,600 ft. elevation) and it took less than a minute. Might have been under 20-30 seconds but I didn't think to time it.

I have a rather massive field near my house and I have been doing a 3.5 mile loop 4 days a week with my pack on and somewhat full so I can get used to walking with the gear on and get in shape. I'll keep you up to date here.

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2017

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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