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Andy "" Jonelis
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Date: Sat, Apr 7th, 2018
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It seems like I have been trying to plan this for ever. Since the 70's the AT has been on my mind. Then along came the knowledge of the PCT and my love of the images of Ansel Adams. Then of course I learned about the CDT and now I want to do all of them, but I need to start with one, and that will be the PCT, Mt. Katahdin will be the last step of the last thru-hike and therefore will need to wait. No pain, no Maine in my case will be completing the PCT, CDT and finally the AT.
Although my first steps on the PCT are not until April 2020, the adventure has already begun. A great report from the doctor this year, it seems like I am in better health then last year. Also, after falling off the roof 9 years ago, the foot doctor says I will have pain, but my right ankle should be OK which is promising, but will it handle thousands of backpacking miles? Work will take care of itself, seeing that I turn 66 in 2020 during my PCT hike, I will be semi-retired, the house is paid, no car payments, the boat will be sold, credit accounts are paid off and my co-workers have declared that I am crazy and will be eaten by a bear, and the wife has given me her blessing. For now, it appears that I am good to go, no more excuses.
Training has started, and I have a few more pounds, well more like 40lbs to lose. Which means I will be 70lbs lighter and my pack is 24 pounds lighter than last time out. Even using new math, when I take my first steps on the PCT I will be a whopping 94lbs lighter than my last steps on the AT.
I Need to decide what gear I am keeping and what I am replacing, figure out which hiking shoes or boots I will use. Reduce the camera gear, 12lbs of camera gear might be a bit too much. The training will be a bit of a concern due to the lack of mountains in Floridabut we do have heat, humidity, and many sandy beaches to hike on.
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