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Greetings to my fellow 2000 PCT thru-hikers AND to all the wonderful support
people out there,
Boy - there's nothing like a deadline to get one focused & moving, is there?
I plan to start slack-hiking from Campo on April 27th, join the festivities
at Lake Morena Fri. eve. & Sat. a.m., then with my very full tummy - sling on
my Go-Lite pack (which I have jury-rigged to a Jansport frame), with all my
lightweight equipment (thanks to all for the good ideas), a few days worth of
food and head north! (My section-hiking buddy Melouise gave me some good
advice on how not to get lost - "always keep the Pacific Ocean on your left":)
Here I am madly packing food after making a run at our local organic food
store (newly purchased by Whole Foods - a great resource). They had a
wonderful selection of bulk foods. I've also acquired 40+ freeze dried
dinners (Mountain House & Richmor Natural High) from Trail Foods Co. And my
question to the list is:
On the freeze-dried packages, my plan is to include a couple in each
re-supply box for those times when I know water will be scarce or I'll just
be too tired to cook. If I leave it in the original package, is it safe to
then re-pack it into ziplok bags as I head out? Will the food keep for a
week?, a month? Anybody know?
The other thing I haven't yet decided on is the long, difficult place to
resupply, stretch from Kennedy Meadows to Vermilion Valley Ranch. I may just
try to carry 10 days of food (have done it before carrying a heavier pack)
rather than try to get to Independence via Kearsage Trail or to Cedar Grove
via Bubbs Creek Trail. But I decided not to worry about it right now,
somehow things always work out.
OK, I'm off to the PCTA board meeting this weekend in Sacramento where I'll
see Lesya Struz - we can compare notes, along with Henry Shires - thru-hiker
from last year of whom I have had the good fortune to make acquaintance.
He's been a real inspiration with all his equipment notes from last year.
See you at the border or the Lake in a month! Safe and wonderful journeys to
all, wherever they may lead.
Laraine Kate Downer - aka "Uphill Wandr'r"
Member Board PCTA
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