Thursday, April 28, 2011

Vamos!

Sitting here in San Diego, getting all the very last minute things done, then headed to the trail.  Yikes.  I'm not sure if I feel queasy from the hangover or the nerves.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Some Girls Have All The Luck...

...And I'm not one of them.  Good News or Bad News first?  Lets go with the good.  They didn't steal everything.  Bad, my car was broken into and my dashboard GPS, and wilderness therapy backpack were stolen.  It could have been so much worse, my spare keys were in it, and since I was moving out of my house, about 3/4 of my life had already been packed in and they could have taken everything.  I thought crime like this didn't happen in Utah.  Silly, naive me.


I figure they ended up getting a few hundred dollars of stuff; my new Osprey pack, my supplies for my former wilderness backpacking job, a 8 inch bushman knife.  They were probably a little confused when they opened that pack and there was a bag of fire making supplies, a HUGE med-kit, and other random clothing that oozed campfire smells.  But maybe they needed it more than me.  If they had taken my PCT backpack, or the car (yikes) then I would not be en route to San Diego now, but thankfully, my plans are still a go.  On the whole, my life is not impacted too much by this, but I'm a little disheartened and frustrated.


Oh, and three weeks ago, my wallet went missing.  April has been cruel!


Ah, but that will all be behind me soon, and Thursday, I will once again, be living out of a backpack and everything will slow back down to a much more manageable speed.  I need to get back on the trail and re-ignite my faith in humanity.


All my gear is ready to go, my two re-supply packages will be in the mail today, and I'm feeling really good.  I went on a nice little jaunt up Angel's Landing in Zion yesterday that was beautiful, warm, and left the legs aching a bit.  A wonderful change from the frigid Park City winter.


I'm a little nervous but mostly excited...time to get moving!


 Oh.  And I camped in the yard last night for fun.  Didn't know there were sprinklers.  The contrail is very waterproof FYI. 


Thursday, April 21, 2011

My Pack List

Still a work in progress, but the current inventory is:


Big Stuff:
Gregory Pack Jade 50


REI Sub-Kilo +15 down sleeping bag
eVent 10L waterproof compression sack
Thermarest Prolite 3/4 length self-inflating sleeping pad


Tarptent Contrail by Henry Shires




Clothing:
REI Revelcloud Synthetic Puffy
OR Aspire Rain Jacket
Marmot Precip Rain Pants
OR Verglas Gaiters
 
Underarmour Evo Coldgear Spandex
Blaze Orange Thermal L/S
Lightweight Thrift Store button down L/S
Choonimals Terrible Tuesday T-shirt
Lightweight Running Shorts
Darn Tough Socks (3)
Buff headware/neckware
Glove Liners
Baseball Cap
Patagonia Advocate camp shoe
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX


Kitchen:
REI TIware Titanium 750ml pot
WhiteBox Alcohol Stove




2 Platypus Collapsible bottles (1- 500ml for fuel, 1 1-L for extra water)
small bottle of bleach for water treatment
Light my Fire spork


Extras:
1 Leki Malaku trekking pole - BROKEN.  TBD
Toiletry/Med kit (Including glasses this time!!!)
Garmin Etrex Vista HCx
Kodak Sport camera
Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp
extra batteries (AAA and AA)
Deet!
2 Bandanas
Patch Kit
Cell Phone & charger
mp3 player
Kahtoola microspikes
Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe (I think)
Bearvault BV500




So, this list will probably change in bits and pieces, but this is the bulk of it.  I still need to get a bear canister, an ice axe, and a few more little things, but this is what I'm going to live off!


A lot of my gear is the same, or a copy of what I hiked the AT with, so it comes field tested and highly recommended!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Long Story Short

Well, to start off, 6 months ago, I wasn't thinking about the PCT.  But sometimes life is like that.  After a few sudden life changes and plans going haywire, I ended up in Salt Lake City, UT.  There are certainly worse places to end up for a La Nina snow year.  So I find myself with a new snowboard, no commitments, and a job working with kids at a local resort.  Not the plan, but hey, time to make lemonade out of lemons.  So with a roof over my head, and some time to get sorted, I realized that the Pacific Crest Trail is the right idea for the summer.  My seasonal employment finished in mid-April, and gives me just enough time to organize, divide, and conquer.  So with my life in a storage unit, once again, I will be headed to San Diego to abandon my car with a car-sitter, and start walking north.


So, being my first blog, I think its appropriate to explain what its all about.  Sometimes in life, things just don't work out the way you want them to.  But with years of evolution under our belt (or whatever you believe), humans are nothing if not INCREDIBLY adaptable.  Just watch ten minutes of any Discovery Channel Human Planet show.  So here it is, my evolution.  I am going to go with the flow, throw caution to the wind, put faith in the unknown and any other number of cliches.  I don't have any burning reason to hike the PCT, I just want to re-experience the joy of a simple life of hiking.  And the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with trusting strangers, pushing beyond my comfort zone, and when it's all said and done, the feeling of pride and accomplishment.  It's very easy for me to measure the last year of my life by failures instead of successes, and I think I am ready for a change. 


For my hike, I'm putting myself out there.  I am placing my fears and stress aside, and hiking under the guise that it will all work out.  I am going to give more time to meeting strangers, more time to enjoying the simple things in life, and more time being vulnerable to the world that's out there.  Good things happen everyday, so I'm going to make myself as available as possible!


So here's to change.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

And Away We Go!

Well friends,  I didn't keep much of a log for the AT, so here is my 2011 resolution.  Do a better job at keeping in contact with friends and family!!!