“Technology: No Place for Wimps!”
~Scott Adams – American Cartoonist
There is now a new generation of Pacific Crest Trail hikers that are literally armored with technology off and on the trail. For example, in the photo above (BTW the photo was NOT set-up in any way) hikers Wired, Blister, and Wandering Dot are:
1. posting to their online trail journals
2. uploading trail photos and video to be posted online
3. responding to reader comments on their trail journals
4. checking and answering emails
5. talking to family and friends on cell phones
6. ordering replacement gear to be sent ahead to a post office that they later can pick up
7. calling manufacturers to replace faulty equipment such as the SPOT, a location and emergency transmitter.
8. reading other PCT hiker’s trail journals for their locations, recommendations, and trail plans
9. texting friends and family
10. watching favorite TV programs through Hulu
11. using Craig’s online PCT Planner to plan resupplies
12. accessing the latest snow conditions in the Sierra
13. getting the latest weather reports
14. printing out labels for resupply boxes
15. charging cell phones, solar chargers, and MP3 players
16. entering trip data
All this amazingly enough…and all the while they are relaxing with a cup of coffee.
It was great to have this group of PCTers stay for a couple of zero days. Zero days are when hikers get all their business done, rest, and do not hike. For the past few months, I have been exchanging gear ideas online with fellow women hikers, Wired and Wandering Dot through our online hiking blogs. I was super excited to visit with them in person.
We all had fun with the group eating, laughing, reflecting, and talking about the trail. I was lucky to come away with the know how to make my own windscreen for my alcohol stove and tips such as: storing snacks in my crocs while hiking, how to efficiently hang my Power Monkey solar charger from my pack, and a plethora of snack and dinner ideas. It was just fantastic.