Monthly Archives: April 2014

No Spanker

Tomorrow is D-day and while I am anxious to get going I am still trying to finish up a few things. One thing that I am resigned to not finishing is Her Majesty’s Armed Vessel Bounty.

The good news is I have all the sails and running rigging done with the exception of the Spanker. And it only took me 16 months. By the way a spanker is a gaff rigged sail aft of the mizzenmast on a square rigged ship.

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You are probably wondering how I plan on getting pizzas and Chinese food delivered to me on the trail. Unfortunately I won’t. There are places to eat or buy food along the trail but they are often 3-5 days apart. For the most part you need to buy food along the trail to last for those stretches or alternatively mail packages of food to yourself.

I would prefer to buy food along the trail but there are stretches that you only go to very rural towns with very limited options. So I am going for a hybrid mail-buy strategy. There are about nine locations where I will have to have food mailed to me. Hopefully I won’t grow too sick of the food I have chosen. (But I probably will.)

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Delayed Departure

I had originally planned to leave this Thursday April 24th, in order to attend the Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff (ADZPCTKO), but I have decided to wait a week and leave on May 1st.  It will probably be a tad bit hotter in the desert, and I will still need to finish by Oct 1 to avoid the snows in Washington, but I think this is the right thing to do.  There are apparently a record number of hikers this year due to the increased popularity of the trail.  There are apparently close to 1000 planned hikers, and the ADZPCTKO at Lake Morena is full up.  They were gracious enough to tell me they would make room for me but probably not at the campground itself and away from the other hikers, but I would still be competing for camp sites and food at the stores, etc.  I may still have issues with food being bought up, but I will make it work.

I am still very excited to make the jump and get on the trail.

Two weeks to go (plus a tentative schedule)

It is two weeks until I begin my hike at the southern Terminus of the PCT, and it is freaking me out a little bit.  There are about 9-10 places which I will have to mail food out to the trail, so I am trying to get enough snacks, lunches, dinners to not die out there.  I have 36 Big Texas Cinnamon rolls which are like the best vending machine fodder ever, so breakfasts are set for my resupply packages.  Plus the high caloric content is guilt free due to the number of calories I will be burning out there.

I have also been checking out other blogs at http://www.pcta.org/journalist/ and there are a ton of people out hiking already, which has me second guessing my start date.  Plus it is warm in San Diego, so am looking forward to it being even hotter in a couple of weeks. To top it off, I just got my tax returns done and get to write a big check to the IRS.  The favorite thing for all unemployed people everywhere. I just got back from visiting my parents in Wyoming, and my mom was unsympathetic to my tax woes, trying to explain that there are less fortunate people out there.  To which I replied, “Take a look at these boyish good looks!  Everyone is less fortunate!” Still no sympathy forthcoming from that corner.

Alright, here is the tentative schedule.  I hope to be able to stick to it.  If I have enough slack, I will take extras rest days, or slow things down.  However if I get behind, so be it.

Mile Location Miles Pace Hiking Days Arrive Zero(s) Depart B=Buy Food
M=Maildrop
0.0 Mexico Border 1-May
20.1 ADZPCTKO (lake Morena) 20.1 20 1.0 1-May 1 3-May
43.8 Mt. Laguna 23.7 15 1.6 4-May 5-May b
109.5 Warner Springs 65.7 18 3.7 8-May 9-May m
178.8 Idyllwild 69.3 18 3.9 12-May 1 14-May b
265.4 Big Bear 86.6 20 4.3 17-May 1 19-May b
343.0 Cajon Pass 77.6 20 3.9 22-May 23-May b
369.8 Wrightwood 26.8 20 1.3 23-May 1 25-May b
455.2 Agua Dulce (Saufleys) 85.4 20 4.3 28-May 29-May b
559.6 Tehachapi 104.4 20 5.2 2-Jun 3-Jun b
703.8 Kennedy Meadows 144.2 20 7.2 9-Jun 2 12-Jun m
788.9 Independence or Bishop 85.1 20 4.3 15-Jun 16-Jun
878.8 VVR 89.9 18 5.0 20-Jun 21-Jun m
906.7 Mammoth 27.9 18 1.6 22-Jun 23-Jun b
944.8 Tuolumne Meadows 38.1 20 1.9 24-Jun 2 27-Jun b
1018.5 KM Resort 73.7 20 3.7 30-Jun 1-Jul b
1096.0 S. Lake Tahoe 77.5 20 3.9 4-Jul 5-Jul b
1197.5 Sierra City 101.5 20 5.1 9-Jul 2 12-Jul b
1289.5 The Braatens 92.0 20 4.6 16-Jul 17-Jul m
1335.1 Chester 45.6 18 2.5 19-Jul 20-Jul b
1382.2 Old Station 47.1 18 2.6 22-Jul 23-Jul b
1506.5 Mt Shasta 124.3 20 6.2 28-Jul 1 30-Jul b
1606.5 Etna 100.0 20 5.0 3-Aug 2 6-Aug b
1662.0 Seiad Valley 55.5 20 2.8 8-Aug 9-Aug b
1726.8 Ashland 64.8 22 2.9 11-Aug 1 13-Aug b
1829.3 Crater Lake/Mazama Villiage 102.5 20 5.1 17-Aug 18-Aug m
1912.3 Shelter Cove Resort 83.0 21 4.0 21-Aug 22-Aug m
1992.8 Sisters or Bend 80.5 20 4.0 25-Aug 2 28-Aug b
2107.3 Timberline Lodge 114.5 20 5.7 2-Sep 3-Sep m
2155.0 Cascade Locks 47.7 18 2.6 5-Sep 2 8-Sep b
2303.0 White Pass 148.0 18 8.2 15-Sep 16-Sep m
2402.8 Snoqualmie 99.8 20 5.0 20-Sep 21-Sep b
2476.6 Skykomish 73.8 20 3.7 24-Sep 25-Sep b
2574.7 Stehekin 98.1 20 4.9 29-Sep 30-Sep m
2656.2 Canada 81.5 20 4.1 3-Oct 4-Oct b

Edited to reflect new schedule.