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Robwid - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2019

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Rob "El Hefe" Widmer
City: Portland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 28, 2019
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, May 9th, 2019

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 384
Journal Visits: 11,240
Guestbook Views: 434
Guestbook Entrys: 40

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Slack packing

At lunch yesterday I realized that I was miscalculating the mileage to the next water source by 8 miles. It would mean carrying the weight of a 25 mile water carry plus a full food resupply! So, I decided to slack pack an 8 miles section from Willow Sprgs Rd to Hwy 58. I had been looking forward to a full zero to ice my shin splints but, oh well. I raced back to my hotel room, grabbed some water, snacks and rain gear and hit the road. The very first car picked me up and took me to the trail head - awesome! I finished the 8 miles in short order but as I was desending to hwy 58 I could see I just missed the bus back to Tehachapi. And, because pedestrians are prohibited from being on the hwy hitching was going to be difficult as the exit where the trail crossed is not frequently used. I was resigned to waiting for the next bus but a local trail angel pulled up to drop off a hiker and offered to take me to town. I felt pretty lucky to get the ride! My next resupply is Lake Isabella in about 5 days. The current weather is cool but there is a possibility of rain. I'm a little worried about my shin splints but I guess I was due for some discomfort. Up until now I haven't had any aches or pains - not even a blister!

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2019 PCT

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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