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Chris "Radar" Taylor
City: Placerville
State: California
Begins: Jul 28, 2021
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jun 21st, 2021
Start: Home
End: Home
Daily Distance: 0

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Figuring Out My Plan

I started my planning today. In the past, I have greatly enjoyed planning my hikes. It gave me a way to think about hiking during the months I couldn't BE hiking. In those days, I was always really tied to my plan during the actual hike as well. A big part of it was because I designed the plan to ensure everyone of the group members was able to complete the whole hike. When my son was young, it was about making sure I didn't push him to failure. As he got older, it was about making sure he and his buddies didn't push me to failure.

Adherence to the plan changed when I started doing treks by myself. When I rode my bicycle down the Pacific Coast, I started out with a plan. In that case, the plan was about making sure my wife didn't resent how long I was gone. My plan was aggressive in order to reduce the number of days "on trail". I over estimated the distance I could ride everyday and still be happy. I had to toss the plan. My wife understood and had no problem with me being out a few more days. Once I let go and surrendered to living in the moment, life became WAY more enjoyable. Living in the moment while riding a bicycle down the Pacific Coast was kind of easy because grocery stores abound. The next year, I wanted to get some hiking in and had an approximate plan but life wasn't allowing it. We remodeled our kitchen that summer and the pace of it nearly overwhelmed my ability to squeeze in a hike. The last cabinet went in just in the nick of time, after which I had a three week window before I needed to be responsible again. I threw all my gear in my pack with three days worth of food and had my wife drop me at Donner Summit near Tahoe (same start point as this year). I hiked south on the PCT to the point where the Tahoe Rim Trail intersects with the PCT. Then I turned onto the Tahoe Rim Trail and hiked to a grocery store in Tahoe City. I bounced myself all the way around the Tahoe Rim and back onto the PCT successfully hitting towns and small stores. It was great.

This trip is going to be the most remote solo hike I have done, and I don't have the range of a thru hiker, so some planning is required. My supply stops will be:
1. Carrying from Donner Summit
2. Echo Summit, probably Echo Lake Chalet
3. Kennedy Meadows North
4. My mule packer friends at Matterhorn Creek in northern Yosemite
5. Tuolumne Meadows

The mule pack train resupply is just too much fun for me to pass it up. I texted my friend and told him I might be able to hang out with him for a day or two in Northern Yosemite. This was his text response: "I'll bring extra alcohol." I responded that I still had to be able to walk out of there!!!!!

I made my breakfasts this morning. I have a concoction I love. This is the recipe:
2 packs of Carnation Instant Breakfast
2 packs of fruit flavored instant oatmeal
.5 cup of powdered milk or Nido milk mix
handful of dried fruit
.25 teaspoon of instant coffee

I mix it in a large Gatorade bottle when I wake up and drink it while I walk. It usually sustains me until about 10AM.

I have the campsites pretty much mapped out as well since I have done this section a couple times already. I will try to figure out how I can post a link to my spreadsheet on that and share it in my next journal post, so anyone who might like to do this as a section hike as well can have it as a reference.

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Section Hike From Donner To Mammoth

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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