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City: Prescott Valley
Begins: Jul 27, 2017
Date: Thu, Jul 20th, 2017
Start: Prescott Valley, AZ
End: Prescott Valley, AZ
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Preparation has been rushed as usual but we are almost ready to leave home. Training hikes have been difficult in Arizona because of excessive heat and now monsoon thunderstorms. It was 96% humidity this morning and we are used to our wonderfully dry heat. I’m not sure there is ever a point that I (Alicia) will feel physically ready for a backpack trip without any nagging worries that I can’t do it. We’ve never hiked in Washington and we are concerned about mosquitoes and rain. For a synopsis of our planned Washington hike of 514.5 from the PCTA website, check out this link.
Since 2013, there has been an ever increasing amount of hikers on trails creating issues for resource management. The PCT for instance has implemented permits for start dates to spread out hikers and alleviate some of the impact. Hopefully the increase will create more interest in protecting our wild places but it makes solitude on the trail harder to come by. We wanted to start hiking the PCT southbound from the Canadian border mostly because the crowds going northbound from the Mexican border are unappealing. We almost scrapped the whole trip because it was a mess logistically and we spent quite a bit of time planning an alternate trip only to realize that we could just be less rigid and go northbound since we are only hiking a section. For anyone planning a similar hike, here are the reasons we ended up hiking northbound.
1. 1. The US does not allow entry from Canada on the PCT. However, Canada does allow entry on the PCT provided that you obtain an approved entry permit.
2. 2. Greyhound provides a shuttle from Manning Provincial Park, BC but accessing the PCT at Harts Pass requires a long, expensive shuttle and repeating 30.6 miles to get up to the border monument and back to Harts Pass.
3. 3. A permit is required to camp in North Cascades National Park but there is no easy access to a permit location southbound. Northbound a permit can be obtained in Stehekin where we are resupplying anyway. This is not an issue if you can plan to cover the 18 miles of the park in one day but we were not sure that would work out perfectly.
We also discovered that driving would save us money in transportation and postage if we mail our own resupply boxes from Oregon. We will then have our vehicle to explore Olympic National Park after the hike and visit friends and family on the drive home. We will likely flip back to southbound for our section hike next year but we have learned to remain open to a different itinerary.
It is our hope that this journal keeps the folks at home updated and maybe even a little entertained. We could not do these hikes without the support and prayers of our family, church family and friends. Thanks for putting up with our insanity!
Praise to God for the magnificent world that He created for us to explore!
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalm 19:1
It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. Lena Horne
Pacific Crest Trail 2017
Tom & Alicia
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