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JackandBarb - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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Jack and Barb
City: Encinitas
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Nov 9th, 2010

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 18,686
Journal Visits: 392,794
Guestbook Views: 167,641
Guestbook Entrys: 483

Last PLB Location

Gear list Journal Plan

Pacific Crest Trail Map

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Barb and Jack - Mt. Jefferson, 8/29/11

Journal Index

Chronological Journal Index

It was never meant to be such a huge undertaking but this 2011 journal seemed to have taken on a life of its own. It consists of 36 pages entered before we hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, 165 entries for days while we were on the trail, and eight pages after the hike. It was hard work, but each and every day of our journey on the PCT was documented.

The Index which follows below will help you to more easily navigate the journal and find what we feel are some of the more important entries. Of the 209 entries, we have identified 54 pages which you might find especially educational or entertaining.

Remember, you can always jump around by using the drop down menu on the upper right where it says "view" or you can use the "first, previous, next and last" links on the upper left. Each link below will take you directly to that page. If you wish to return to this page from anywhere in the journal, simply click on "first" (upper left of any page).








Nov. 13, 2010: Why hike the PCT? The bucket list

Nov. 23, 2010: Our Game Plan

Nov. 26, 2010: Resources - Important page if you are planning on a hike

Nov. 29, 2010: SPOT - a device for tracking your location anywhere in the world

Dec. 19, 2010: Our greatest fears

Dec. 23, 2010: A lesson on calories

Jan. 07, 2011: The Plan - Using an online planner (good if you are planning a long hike)

Feb. 10, 2011: Homemade Maltodextrine energy drink - Highly recommended

Mar. 03, 2011: Live your dreams - a popular page

Mar. 29, 2011: Some of the issues you must address when undertaking a long trip like this

Mar. 31, 2011: More info on things we learned and things we are planning to bring

During the Trip

April 17-24: Section A, Campo to Warner Springs - we "slack packed" it (car camped)

April 26: .....Some lessons learned

May 1-6: ....Warner Springs to Idyllwild - includes Fuller Ridge, May 4

May 9: .......Winter in May, just before Big Bear

May 17: .....Wrightwood - a typical day on the trail

May 20: .....Info about the poodle dog bush

May 23: .....The Andersons - Casa de Luna - Mile 478

May 25: .....We reach the 500 Mile mark! (and sing "We would walk 500 miles!")

June 3: ......Info about Water - We have hiked Secs A-G, 670 Miles

June 5: ......Kennedy Meadows, Mile 702

June 6-8: ...Our plans for hiking the Sierras (Details on June 8th)

June 15: ....Sierra Snow and River Report - Remember, this was an exceptionally wet year!

June 24: ....Sierra conditions to Mammoth

June 26: ....Barb returns home, Jack has a tough decision

June 28: ....With Kiwis to Echo Lake (near Tahoe), section skipped will be completed in a month or so.

July 06: .....Jack reaches 1,000 miles (at mile 1,437)

July 13: .....We reach Scott Summit, near Etna, CA, Mile marker 1566

July 18: .....Seiad Valley (CA), Mile 1662

July 20: .....Oregon border - Jack now hiking alone (Kiwis stop at Oregon), Mile 1700

July 23: .....Hitchhiking tips - Jack heads South to pick up missing segment of trail

July 25 to Aug 17: Jack finishes off California by hiking previously missed segment: Mammoth to Old Station

Aug. 7: ......A day in the life (How Jack spent this day)

Aug. 13: ....Fright Night on the PCT (story of a night hike)

Aug. 19: ....Now back in Oregon, continuing North - Miles completed, 1744

Aug. 22: ....Crater Lake, Mile 1840

Aug. 23: ....Water management

Aug. 27: ....Reach the 2,000 Mile mark at Big Lake Youth Camp - Hiking with Barb again

Sept. 3: .....Kicked off the PCT due to fire, near Timberline Lodge, Mile 2107

Sept. 5: .....Crossed into WA, Mile 2155, will pick up missing (fire) miles later

Sept. 10: ...Reached White Pass, Mile 2303

Sept. 15: ...Snoqualmie Pass, Mile 2402

Sept. 19: ...Skykomish, Mile2476

Sept. 20: ...Jack reaches 2,500 mile mark, only 154 to go!

Sept. 22: ...The Suiattle River crossing

Sept. 24: ...Stehekin, Mile 2574

Sept. 26: ...Jacks most miserable day on the PCT

Sept. 27: ...CANADA!

Oct. 02: Finished off the last (Fire) segment in Oregon, 37 miles

Post Hike

Oct. 13, 2011: Post Hike Statistics

Oct. 15, 2011: Comprehensive Gear List (includes link to 20 min video)

Oct. 25, 2011: Post Trail Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Oct. 31, 2011: Some wrap up information

Nov. 05, 2011: Final Entry

See a list of our PCT Videos here.

Note: PCT class movies have been produced for the last eight years. They are about 1 hour long and document the experiences and people of that year. Jack was given the honor of producing the official PCT class of 2011 video. It was a hit at the KO in 2012. You can learn more about it and download a free copy here.

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