Welp I am ready to hit the dirt again. In the next few days I will again be writing from the trail and posting when I have cell service. This summer, my BIG hope was to complete the remaining 822 miles to finish the entire 2650 miles of the PCT. BUT… a redirection was in order due to lingering snow depths at the PCT level in Oregon and Washington. So guess what? Gotta say my first desire I had was to return to the Sierras before starting Oregon later in July. AND it just so happens that I am super lucky and excited to be joining Grasshopper on her PCT thru-hike starting this weekend in the Sierras. Grasshopper has a special appreciation for life and the trail. You can find her at embracingthepath.com.
My big overall plan is to start at Kearsage Pass in the eastern Sierras and hike north to the Lake Tahoe area, then zip right up on Amtrak to Crater Lake, Oregon and start hiking north. The Sierras and Oregon, it doesn’t get better.
Preparations over the last month has kept me very busy: buying, dehydrating, and packing food, printing maps, downloading maps, GPX files, guidebook pages, books, and music to my iPhone, making travel arrangements, and sending packages. You would think this would all be a simple process, after all… I have done this so many times (this is my 5th summer long trail hiking). Not so. It still takes a lot of thinking, researching, and making endless decisions. It really is exhausting. I would like to someday meet a long distance hiker that thinks that buying, preparing, and packing months of food choices in boxes is joyful. Come on there has to be somebody out there!!!!
So here is the scoop on gear, resupply, navigation, and my favorite.. how to follow me along. Breaking news: I am now on Instagram. Love it.
Here is what my gear looks like minus a bear canister. Yes… I will gladly be hoisting one of those awkward creatures on my back! Below the gear pic is my Google spreadsheet to view all the tiny little details. Note: spreadsheet is viewable only on a computer. Just scroll down using the bar on the right side to see complete list.
My gluten and dairy free diet continues to be a challenge. This packing round I feel pretty successful, except for the addition of some chocolate bars. I just couldn’t resist. You can view most of the goodies on Pinterest.
I am excited to use all of my fun new little apps and will be sharing how they all work. Here are what I plan to use and carry:
-Guthook Hiking Guides apps – water, camping, maps, tracking
-Viewranger – navigation and locater beacon to track my progress
-Halfmile’s paper maps and a compass
-PCTHYOH app for any other info I might need – fire and weather
Be sure to follow along. Here is how:
- Instagram (my new fav)
- Track me by clicking on the “Track” in the top menu. The map will be updated when I have cell service.
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So there ya have it. I hope all of you are out there are enjoying summer and loving life. It is a good one.
Happy Trails Everyone!