I’m back. Last year, 2017 was a bust with babying my knee and leg to get them to heal. They’re about 80% now and I’m satisfied I can get back to serious hiking.
What I want to do is FINISH THE PCT! Starting July 1st!
Recap: I started the PCT journey in 2015 doing 2/3 of California then skipping ahead and hiking all of Washington into Canada before stopping. I had pulled/strained something in my abdomen and it was painful to hike, so I quit that year. But I still did over 1700 miles!
In 2016 I started where I left off in California (Donner Pass, Mile 1150). At roughly Mile 1225 I fell crossing a creek (East Bear Trap Creek, to be exact) and fractured my left Tibia. (Lower leg bone) Thinking it was just bruised I hiked/limped to Mile 1500, where I called it quits. So for 2016, I hiked just 350 miles.
Right now I have 600 miles to go to finish the PCT, and that’s my goal for this year.
I’ll be starting at mile 1500 where the PCT crosses I-5 going west. (Near Castella, CA) Then continuing west and north into Oregon. I will end at Mount Hood near the Oregon/Washington border. (See the maps below)
I gained back most of the weight I lost in 2015 and 2016. 😦 So the hike will be extra tough. In addition, the base weight for my pack is a heavy 23.1 lbs. (Base weight is everything except food, fuel and water) Best I will do right now, but ouch.
The full pack weight with 7 days of food and 2 1/2 liters of water is 37 lbs. (groan!) It’s going to be extra fun because the first 20 miles is mostly climbing with 4,600ft of elevation gain.
Most of this trip is REALLY remote. I will have NO cell service and no WiFi for most of the next two months, so updates will be roughly every 8-10 days.
For the curious, this is my on-line Planner with resupply plans, mileage, etc. http://www.pctplanner.com/v.php?g=prkdpDbDXwgM
Maps! The first is Northern California and into Oregon. The second is just Oregon.