PCT hikes continued

Winter break is over, and it’s time to get back to work. With “Dora the explorer” (our sleeper van) we had a great tour or the south part of the USA. now back to the PCT.

To recap, I got about 450 miles in last year. Mexico to big bear city was 266 miles (where I start from Thursday ). Have done some Sierra sections, but so far I have more empty spots then filled spots by far.

I drive to Vincent gap( after dropping off a couple of resupply packs. If I don’t have to do a 8 day food carry, I won’t. ). Then Kenny from Kenny’s place hopefully picks me up for the 1.5 hour drive to Big bear city (mile 266)

After a night of pizza and line dancing I get the rare luxury of a slack pack day (no stove, sleeping bag, etc) since I can go 12 miles and Kenny will pick me up, stay at his great hiker place, and bring me back to the trail in the morning.

Should be an easy 13 miles day 1. Then things get tricky. Big water issues exist, as well as camp spots. And the “naked hot springs” show up around day 4. Very very much talked about. love the idea of a soak, hate the idea of other willies

Hardest part and decision is at the end of my part of this stretch. At mile 342 you finish section c at Cajon pass. I will stay at the inn that night, but the next 30 miles is as hard as the PCT gets.

After 5 miles you reach a water cache maintained by lovely souls. That’s mile 347. From that point to the next water on trail is over 25 miles. At mile 373 you can take the acorn trail down 2k in elevation close to a town and water. But then you got to go back up.

I hate the idea of a 2k climb that I don’t have to do, so I suspect I will camel up at 247 and dry camp, It’s 5k uphill this section, so I doubt I can joist walk it. Way to hard.

We will see. I’m very excited to be back in the flow, and hope for the best.

Published by tomconnolly3

Former 270 pound hiking noob is attempting to hike the PCT starting April 8!

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