Some thoughts before departure...

  • I am still not a vet, doctor, lawyer, dog trainer, cia agent, fbi agent or a navy seal so...walk
  • I am doing this for the challenge of course, and I hope to gain a confidence that comes with this type of endeavor. But also I hope to gain some new knowledge about the world and the truths that reside in it.
  • Am I walking to "find myself"? Or just to take a walk. You decide...and you'll probably be right.
  • I'm not in the best shape of my life, but I do have a lot of new great gear so....
  • After living with my parents the last 2 years, it makes perfect sense to walk 2650 miles - alone.
  • Yes there will be bears, cougars, rattlesnakes and scorpions both imagined and real along the way. I'm definitely more worried about those imagined.
  • Am I scared? Not as of yet, more of just a constantly increasing anticipation. But check back with me on the 3rd night in the desert.
  • I tried to keep my pack fairly light, but I definitely would not call it ultralight. Somehow when I added up all my ultralight gear and put it in my ultralight pack, I ended up with just slightly heavy.
  • My biggest concern for this trip is that I get too hungry somewhere along the way, my brain goes awol as it usually does when I get hungry and subsequently you never hear from me again...I'll try to eat frequently.
  • I am not Christopher McCandless. This is not Into the Wild.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Fast Times at Ridge-top High

Day 7, Mile 129.1- In walking today i realized that i haven't mentioned the weather much, well it has been great, nuff said. This morning i left Warner Springs at about 6:50am and headed back to the trail via a side trail so i didn't have to walk on the hwy. I guess the zero and the food must have done some good cause i made it to Combs Peak where i planned on camping just before 4:30pm. I debated on going ahead or not but the view was pretty sweet so i decided to go ahead and stay here for the night. Although as i write this the wind is gusting thru here pretty good, i think i will just put down my tyvek(ground cloth) and not put up the tent so i can sleep better. Also I'm thinking the stars will look pretty good at 5595ft and so far clear skies. I learned a few things about how to do long trails while hanging with the long island brothers. First is something i thought i already knew well; its not that serious. If you don't make your mileage, you'll make it the next day, all that really counts is water. Second if you take more frequent short breaks and eat more often during those breaks you can get better mileage and feel better doing it, hence today. Last, hike your own hike, walk your own walk, zero's are what you look forward to, not breaks which you should feel ashamed of or less of a "thru-hiker" for taking. Songs of the day; come fly with me, and fly me to the moon. Alright I'm starved, instant mashed potatoes and tuna tonight, been looking forward to it since about 6:55am.

JWC on the PCT

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