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City: Hood River
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 25, 2018
Direction: Southbound

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Date: Mon, Jun 18th, 2018

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Prepping for final 400 miles

Back in 2009 when I started this PCT journey, I had hoped to have completed the whole thing by the time I turned 60. Well, my 60th birthday was in May and I still have 400 miles left to do. This summer will be the final push to get 'er done! My final 400 miles are from McCloud to 10 miles past Crater Lake, where I started with Jingle Bell and Forget-Me-Not all those years ago. My hiking buddy Seasoned Strider is graciously willing to accompany me in completing the Pacific Crest Trail. In return, I will be hiking with Seasoned Strider in the Sierra so she can finish her last 100 miles! My husband Dave is going to be our personal trail angel again and will be following us along and resupplying us via our motorhome.

In an attempt to avoid as much heat in Northern California as possible, we will start southbound at first at Ashland, then jump to the Sierra and hike northbound to cover those missing miles, and finally jump back to Ashland and go northbound and finish the trail.

I haven't been able to train for the trail this year like I did in the past, so will be hiking myself in shape as we go along. I expect a lot of soreness in the first couple of weeks! I still have my beloved ULA Circuit, well worn from many trail miles, which now fits like comfortable bedroom slippers. I added two homemade water bottle "sacks" so I can simply slip my water bottles in and out easily. I was having issues of the bottles falling from the elastic ties. Another minor gear change was buying a WIDE XTherm and cutting it down to my height. No more elbows falling off the pad - I love it! I also modified my SMD Skyscape X a little bit so I could have my poles inside.

I look forward to meeting many of you going northbound as we march our way southbound. My hat is off to those who can finish the trail in one fell swoop!

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2018

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

 

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