7 days until the journey begins, 11 days until the trail starts.
To everyone who has already started the trail, I am mega jealous.
Everything is coming together
So, my pack weight (at the time of this post) is ~15lbs. On the edge of what most people recommend to take. I’ve still got a few things to acquire however I am going to wait until I hit U.S.A as the price is cheaper and the range is more diverse. If you take a gander through the list, the first thing most people see is a 4LB BACKPACK, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? I’ve been thinking about changing my Osprey Atmos AG 65L backpack for something lighter like ULA but I’ve grown to love my backpack over several multi-day hikes. I have definitely been a bit greedy on the base weight of my pack and I have a heavy pack compared to many others.
I’ve decided to bounce my GPS due to the fact that the trail is well marked. The only area I will need the GPS will be if I encounter high snow levels. I’ve also made the incredibly hard decision to bounce my mascot Cthulhu. (I’m still going to sneak him on for some sections of the trail though)
As I type this, I’m printing out halfmiles maps. I decided to take physical maps with me, due to the fact that I don’t want to rely on my electronic gear for navigating. I’ll also be taking a SPOT device and an american phone with me for safety reasons.
I still have to acquire microspikes, bear canister, umbrella and a ice axe. I’m going to wait until I reach America for these items.
Most people don’t worry about the snow levels until June 1st. I’m a planner, I love to worry.
The NOHRSC interactive snow information map has been great for this.
This shows the snow water equivalent from Kennedy Meadows (mile 702.2) to ~Tuolumne Meadows (mile 942.5) for 2016. I’m not too worried for the snow level however I am concerned about the amount of melting snow and the raging rivers.
In comparison to 2015, this is a higher snow level but compared to 2011 I haven’t got it that bad!
I love to watch this website daily, but I’m not worried. I’m actually kind of keen to hike in these conditions!
Postholer.com is also another great source to track the snow conditions of the Pacific Crest Trail. That website also has a lot of other awesome information as well! As the picture above shows, the snow level is approximately at average.
So in conclusion: AWESOME
I’m just going to leave this link here:
Boy that looks disorganised. It all makes sense to me.
I’ve dialed in the first 1000 miles of the PCT when it comes to resupply thanks to Yogi’s book, the Pacific Crest Trail Class of 2016, Craigs PCT planner, Halfway Anywhere and my Sister.
The first 700 miles, Campo to Kennedy Meadows is pretty straight forward. Jumping from town to town, visiting trail angels along the way, getting my sister to send me a package occasionally and dealing with the desert conditions.
I have a rough plan for the next 1650 miles however planning still needs to occur.
From Kennedy Meadows to Belden is a different story. I’ve decided that I want to hike to the top of Mt Whitney and I’ve acquired to correct permits. Resupply from there is a decision to make as I could resupply via Lone pine or Independence. Eventually I need to make it to Tuolumne Meadows and eventually to Sierra City. Decisions to make but I am glad I have my sister to support me.
I am not going to pass up the chance to see Yosemite Valley. The inner climber needs to breath that air.
Until next time