PCT Update #3
Current Location: Tehachapi, CA
For this post, I’m really not feeling doing a blow-by-blow of the days since I last wrote, so just a few update-y highlights below:
- We’ve hiked another 300 miles since Big Bear and are now in Tehachapi, CA
- Pretty consistently doing 20-mile+ days now
- Was very excited to pick up a new pair of shoes here in town for the next stretch! I put 566 miles on my first pair and that was about 150 miles too many for them (and me)
- Oh, crossed the 500-mile marker
- Almost through the first section of the trail (The Desert – the first 700/750 miles) and I can’t say I’m sad about it. I miss trees! Next up: The Sierra (or at least the small amount of it I’m willing to tackle at this time with the snow conditions this year (more on that later).
- Passed through Wrightwood and Hikertown, the best and most eclectic “town” stops so far, respectively
- Still hiking with my friends from days 1/2!
What has been on my mind is reflecting on my first month+ on-trail and how it compares to my experience on the AT. I thought I’d share what’s in and what’s out (or what’s hot and what’s not) on my PCT hike:
In (on the PCT):
- bread and cheese
- peanut butter in ramen
- Liquid I.V.
- Noka fruit smoothies for breakfast
- snack mix made of original Chex Mix, Dot’s honey mustard pretzels and honey-roasted peanuts (or cashews)
- packing out avocado, spinach
- salty snacks
- staying veggie/pescatarian on trail
- cooking lunch (sometimes)
- paying attention to eating enough
Out (from the AT):
- instant potatoes in ramen
- Bevita or bars for breakfast
- Uncrustables (reserving the right to put these back IN at any time because they’re delicious!)
- trail mix (to be fair I hated trail mix very early into the AT too)
- packing out Cuties, bananas
- bars, bars, bars
- eating meat on trail for the convenience
- not really counting calorie intake
- carrying a mac’n’cheese for hard days
- gummy candy > chocolate
- Little Debbies
- Welch’s fruit snacks
- prepping tomorrow’s snacks the night before
Clothes / Gear / Misc.
- wool everything
- ultralight tent
- staying at AirBnbs
- no extra clothing
- sunscreen and floss
- yoga, stretching, rolling out my feet
- using a Kula Kloth
- ultralight quilt
- staying at hostels
- all the layers
- thinking I don’t need sunscreen and floss
- hiker hobble
- Patagonia (reserving the right to put my Nano Puff back IN at any time)
- using a non-antimicrobial bandana, and then nothing
- no PLB
- homemade pot koozie
- using Guthook/FarOut
- full-body wet wipe showers every night
- 4x pairs of underwear
- Darn Tough / Brooks combo
- Ursack and Katadyn
- (slightly) more chill
- big tramily
- less desperation for town, shower, clean clothes, etc.
- more confidence to do my own thing
- pigtail braids
- limited phone/FarOut time; airplane mode all day
- listening to nothing (this is weird to me but I’m going with my lack of desire for now)
- hot girl sh*t w/ Cassie
- solo town mornings to myself
- putting my gear down in poison oak
- visiting Urgent Care for Rx steroids after above
- (slightly) less chill
- smaller tramily, hiking solo
- more concerned with town, shower, etc.
- less HYOH
- side braid
- being on my phone
- seeking distraction
- FOMO for home things
- putting my gear down in poison ivy
- visiting Urgent Care for Rx prophylactic doxycycline after a tick bite
- having a planning spreadsheet and being overly organized
- peeing 10,000x/day
- up and hiking early
- ridiculous tan lines
- blogging and pics
-snap (oh they call me Martha Stewart now too)
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Great stuff! Love the pics!
Poison oak is the worst!!
This is a great blog. Interesting writing and great photos. I hope you keep it going, blogging is a dying art form. In/Out format is In!