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Our first 3.5 days and 50 miles on the trail from Walker Pass to Kennedy Meadows was hot and sweaty and dusty and defined by the distance to the next water or shade. The next 8 days have come to be less defined by shade or heat and more by up and down. We’ve arrived in the Sierra Nevada. There’s still plenty of sweat and the dust that lovingly sticks to it.

Pacific Crest Trail revelations:

1) Destinations are generally referred to by mile marker, as in how many hiking miles it is from the Mexican border. “We hiked from 767 to 783 today.” = 17 mile day, a fairly routine PCT day, even for Jen and Rog at this point. Even though we wanted to start out slow with 13 miles/day average, the need to get to water sources or shade or over a critical pass helped speed us along. We’re trying to keep ourselves in check and don’t want to burn out or injure ourselves as we’ve seen some other hikers do. We found that two half days off and a night in a bed last night revitalized our souls. You know what else revitalizes our souls? Cookies sent by wonderful trail angels like you. Here’s how to do it: https://wherearejenandrog.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/postal-love/

2) Foot care is important. We want to be able to keep hiking and we’re noting trends in what has killed the ability of our fellow PCT thru hikers to continue after their initial 700+ miles of self abuse. Unlike taking your car in for an oil change every 3,000 miles and then promptly forgetting about the need for maintenance, daily self-care is critical. This includes inspection, washing, massage, blister care, daily lotioning, sock washing, and stretching etc. All of this foot (and leg) care is oddly more important than similar self care for other body parts and clothing. Five days since your only shirt or your underwear got washed? No biggie. Funkiness takes on a whole new meaning out here. Spend limited water supply to wash feet and one of two pairs of socks daily? Mandatory.

We’ve never cared so much about our feet, but we think it puts us in good stead to make it the next 2,000 plus miles. Now our buddy “Vans,” who garnered that trail name by wearing skater shoes on the trail has a different philosophy. He thinks these socks are just getting broken in.

3) Trail names are fun: Ugliest Cheerleader (yes he’s got a story, but it is too long to tell here), Quadludes (she’s mellow, not a junkie), Trooper (we named her this after watching her not complain a peep despite many monstrous blisters all over both feet). We’ve finally got trail names too. Jen’s new moniker is “Cookie” (for her food fantasies – shout out to Ellen for calling her on it). Rog was christened “Epic” by our fellow hiker “Journal”. We’re not sure if it was for his feats of derring-do or for stupendous overuse of descriptors for the stunningly beautiful campsites and magnificent mountains as well as basic life necessities such as amazingly shade, wonderful water and yet another round of yummiscrupilicious rehydrated food!

4) The PCT cuts through some of the awesomest, most spectacularest, wunderbar gorgeous places. Here are some pictures:

Panoramic shot of Sharknose Ridge on a crystal clear day:

Our epically stunning campsite on Sharknose Ridge, possibly made more amazing by the full moon and thousand foot drop a few feet from our tent.

Jen just shy of the 14,505 ft Mt. Whitney summit, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states (it was cloudy and snowing a bit at the top an the view wasn’t as good as a bit below):


By Monday, nine days in, we’ve learned that it would be great to be true morning people, whistling at the crack of dawn, gung-ho to jump out of a toasty bed, change into grungy clothes, get breakfast prepared and eaten, tent put away, water pumped, packs buttoned up and slung on our backs. Despite falling into bed by 9pm or so, 6am comes pretty quickly and I’d happily hide in my sleeping bag at least until the sun hits our tent so that it’s not so frigid. However, getting an early start means getting miles in before the heat of the day. Who are these other hikers that hit the trail by 6am and how do they do it?

We are getting better at choosing campsites that have early sun, but some locations just don’t afford the luxury of a warm wake-up. Those mornings, we find ourselves all elbows desperately trying to change into our day clothes while still inside our warm sleeping bags.

Rog had talked about an “alpine start” of 1 or 2am to hike by the full moon up to the top of Mt. Whitney, which stands some 14,505-ish feet high. I nixed that idea; 2am is a tall order anytime, but especially just after hiking an 18-mile day. We did, however, manage to be on the trail at 7:11am!

As a side trip for the PCT thru-hiker, hiking Whitney is a relative luxury. It’s a short hiking day of 15 miles and we could leave all our gear, except for clothes, food and water, at camp. Enjoying 5-7lb pack weights, we felt pretty awesome all the way to the tippy-top.

(Photo: Rog on top of Mt Whitney)
Although the summit was almost fully socked in, just a few hundred feet below, we enjoyed a dazzling view of the southern Sierra.

The next day (was that really just yesterday?), we had another fantastic day hiking north from Sequoia National Park to Kings Canyon via Forester Pass at 13,200′– the highest pass on the PCT.

Today happened to be my hardest day on the trail. I don’t know if I was already mentally in town, or if the cumulative elevation gains and descents of the last three days caught up with me (10,000′ of both!). I am happy to say we arrived at the trailhead and got a ride from a hiker who was about to set off for a four-day hike himself. Yet another trail angel, he was kind enough to drive thirteen tortuous miles with five grungy hikers in the back of his pick-up to Independence, CA.

(Photo: The grunge factor entering Independence)
There we infested the local Subway, ate the best subs ever, sucked down chocolate milk, picked up our resupply box and a letter (!) at the Chevron, and connected with friend Hannah of Bishop, CA. Hannah happened to be in Independence today for jury duty and graciously welcomed us to stay at her house, shower, wash clothes, etc. Here I am in her backyard, feet propped up. Yay!

Tomorrow, we will head back up from whence we came–Kearsarge Pass, and to the incredible high Sierra.

(Photo: Rog at Kearsarge Pass)


We have reached Kennedy Meadows, a highly anticipated point on the PCT for those that have been hiking the desert portion of the trail. It heralds the start of the Sierra Nevada, and more importantly, a lot more water along the route. While we have only hiked 48 miles (averaging 15.5 miles/day), the landscape has been parched and/or burned from forest fires. Yet, still beautiful. The three main creeks where we stopped for water were a thrill for us, too. The folks who’ve hiked from Campo at the Mexican border have generally mentioned that our choice to start at Walker Pass was pretty smart.

So far, everything is going smoothly. We even chose a lackluster place to hitch to the trailhead, the sprawling metropolis of Onyx, CA, population 200, and lucked out. Lydia hadn’t picked up a hitchhiker in some 25 years, but for some reason decided we were worthy (maybe because we didn’t yet smell like PCT hikers or perhaps our fabulous roadside dancing?). She said we made her day: a win-win.

Wildlife – Even in the spartan landscape, we’ve spotted plenty of wildlife along the way. Some is furry and indigenous like the black bear on the highway while still in Lydia’s car or the very small, very cute yearling cinnamon bear cub we spotted on a ridge on day 2. See the picture below.

Other sightings include furry and indigenous-looking homo sapiens who have been traveling for a lot longer than we have. PCT hikers who’ve come all the way up from the border have a different traits including a particularly strong smell that comes from dust, sweat and zero water to bathe or wash one’s clothes in (once again, we’re glad we skipped the desert section).

This special sub-species of homo sapiens also take on common names also known as "trail names." We’ve been meeting lots of nice folks with trail names like Salty (sweats a lot), Tank (big dude), Rainbow (his personality or the multi-color, queer-friendly bandana?), Drama Queen (a 21 year old hippie boy), Vans (yes, he’s hiking in his skateboarding shoes…and they’re trashed), and Sheepdog (not sure, we’ll get the story soon enough). We are wondering if we’ll be regaled with a trail name or not. Trail names are far more memorable and unique, so that when start talking about “Bejazzle,” everyone knows who you’re talking about.

Loading Up – We started 4 days ago with packs that weighed 35 pounds (Jen) and 41 pounds (Rog). This included a lot of water and 5.5 days of food, but we found that we’ve moved faster than our anticipated 13 miles/day, partly out of need to get to the next water source. We just picked up our first resupply box with 10 days of food, but thankfully don’t have to carry nearly as much water. Jen’s pack now weighs in at 40 pounds and Rog’s is at 43 pounds. Wish us luck as we hike UP UP UP into the Sierra!

Our next check-in will probably be in about 10 days, if we stay on schedule.


We now know a number of things about starting an adventure off on the right foot:

1) Always stay up until 5 am on the night prior to departure. That way you can make sure everything gets done on a timely basis and it puts you in the right frame of mind to be able to problem-solve all the challenges ahead.

2) Just so you don’t get bored on the long train and bus rides to the trailhead, be sure to save one last mission-critical project like shopping for obscure parts in the minutes before your train leaves and and then welding together your stove on the train. It will keep you and other passengers fully entertained and help provide clear answers to timeless public transit questions like “what’s the gunk on this seat, let’s sit over there instead”. What we didn’t know prior to this trip was that the gunk was JB Weld and that Rog would be the one welding the seat cushions.

Rog demonstrating his jerry-rigged titanium Vargo Decagon denatured alcohol stove with custom fiberglass wick for improved high altitude priming. Dorky? Yes, really. Also practical.

3) Lighten your load by repackaging your “heavy” items like the smallest sunscreen and lotion bottles you can find after visiting six stores into even more miniature dollhouse scale bottles…dollhouse scale bottles with unreliable caps that are prone to flip open and coat your toothbrush and floss with your limited supply of important ointment (at least until your next resupply). Rest assured in the knowledge that your teeth will never get poison oak, because of your preventative pre-trailhead application of TecNu (TM).

But never fear! Small gear considerations aside, we are ready for this trip. Rog’s ankle swelling and pain has gone down. Jen picked her backpack at least 12 hours before departure and has packed and repacked it dozens of times. She knows just where everything goes!

In fact, not only are we ready for adventure, we also have achieved a stunningly matching wardrobe that is coveted by Doublemint twins everywhere.

We covered big miles on day 1 with an 406 mile assist from our peeps at Amtrak and Kern Regional Transit. Next up, that little 2,039-mile walking section.


We’re going to be “gone” for approximately 3 months off in the wilderness, but it’s not like we’re dropping off the face of the planet. Some people have asked really good questions like “How do you carry food for 3 months?”

Rog food planning

Rog planning out the next dozen resupplies throughout California. Note that the boxes are cram packed with important items like local topo maps, chocolate, data on water availability, and nutella and sadly there just isn’t any room for homemade cookies.

Resupply Food – How it Works Thankfully, we don’t have to. We will be coming out of the wilderness to small towns along the way every 3-11 days. Sometimes (rarely), the trail goes right through an awesome trail town where we can shower, eat a wonderously healthy meal, buy fresh fruit and baked goods and stock up on food for the next segment. Mostly, we’ll hit a highway or trailhead in the middle of nowhere and have to hike or hitchhike 10 to 30 miles to the nearest place where we can resupply. Sometimes those towns aren’t very big and don’t have much more than a gas station or convenience store. Places like these don’t have awesome options for fueling your body for maximum performance. That’s why we ship ourselves resupply packages full of vegetarian friendly food for our journey ahead.

So 6 weeks from now, we can open up a care package from ourselves with scrumptious vittles that make our hearts sing. You know, stuff like dried potato flakes, dehydrated hummus and yet another wonderful round of dried chili.

“Ye gods! What a bountiful harvest!” we’ll exclaim loudly in the post office. “This reminds me of getting lovingly crafted care packages back at Camp Winnamachaongaloonga!”

We love chocolate chip care packages. Oatmeal raisin, ginger snap, cranberry white chocolate, brownies, peanut butter cup, toffee bars and pretty much any other flavor too!

We love chocolate chip care packages. Oatmeal raisin, ginger snap, cranberry white chocolate, brownies, peanut butter cup, toffee bars and pretty much any other flavor too!

We’ll think nostalgically about that bygone era of looking forward to care packages full of letters from loved ones and cookies. We will think fond thoughts about friends and family that care about us so much and we will write postcards (these days we can also scribe fond blog entries) to those people who we miss and look forward to seeing again after we eat the cookies that they sent us in the wonderful care packages.

Seriously – Care Packages – How it Works We know that there are a lot of instructions here, and we’re not trying to scare you, but if you should happen to desperately want to send us a package, it would be great if we actually got it. Picking up mail on the trail is much more involved than simply going out to the mailbox in front of our house at home.

Letters can be mailed First Class (normal regular mail).

Most boxes must be mailed Priority Mail through the US Post Office. If you send a box via First Class or Parcel Post, we probably won’t get it. Don’t believe the Post Office employees when they tell you they can have a Parcel Post box to us in a week to 10 days from now, it just isn’t true. These post offices are often in hard to get to places (sometimes the mail comes in on a mule…I’m not kidding).

Some maildrop locations only take UPS. Those locations are noted in my maildrop list below. If you send a box via USPS Priority Mail to a UPS address, we won’t get it.

Do not use FedEx.

However you send the box, please make sure that we do not have to sign for it.

What should you put in a box? Care packages don’t have to be huge. Food is good. Cookies, notes from you, cookies, newspaper clippings and cookies are all things that we like.

What should you not put in a box? Anything that we would have to carry. If you send cute little stuffed animals, or toys or books, we’ll have to send those home, because we can’t take them on the trail with us.

We don’t have firm dates for when we’ll be at specific locations. If we say that we’ll be someplace on July 5, it’s possible that we’ll get there a couple of days early or late. Or we could be off by a week or more. Plans are never set in stone on the trail, so it’s a good idea to plan for your box to get to the town a couple of days earlier than our estimated time of arrival (ETA). If you’re planning on sending us something, we suggest that you contact us beforehand to check on our predicted arrival date. The best idea is to send us a text since we’ll most reliably get those (Rog is 510-410-0720, Jen is 415-378-4074), but phone calls at those numbers or email will also work.

It’s very important that you address each letter/box exactly as we’ve detailed on the maildrop list below. And don’t forget to add “Hold for PCT Hiker. ETA: (date)” on the bottom left corner of all boxes and letters. It’s also helpful if you write our last names in big block letters on all sides of any box. Surprise packages are nice, but we have to ask for all of our mail. If we don’t know you’ve sent something, we won’t know to ask for it. So if you’re sending us something, please notify us via text, email or voicemail.

If you want a rough idea of when we’ll be where, you can check out this post about our resupply strategy. If you want to know a rough estimate of where we are now, check out our “Live Feed” on Craig’s PCT Planner. It shows an estimate of where we are (Look for “JenAndRog“) relative to the 25 resupply points that we’ve opted to use along our route.

Here are our resupply points. Use US Postal Service unless otherwise noted, and do not send more than three weeks in advance. THANK YOU!

  • Estimated ETA: 6/19 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Kennedy Meadows General Store, 96740 Beach Meadow Road, Inyokern, CA 93527
  • Estimated ETA: 6/28 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Chevron, PO Box 403, Independence, CA 93526
  • Estimated ETA: 7/6 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson
    • USPS Address: c/o Motel 6, PO Box 1260, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
    • UPS Address: c/o Motel 6, 3372 Main Street Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
  • Estimated ETA: 7/10 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, General Delivery, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
  • Estimated ETA: 7/20 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, General Delivery, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151
  • Estimated ETA: 7/26 – Address to (UPS or USPS): Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Sierra City Country Store, 213 Main Street, Sierra City, CA 96125
  • Estimated ETA: 7/31 (not mailed more than 3 weeks in advance of arrival, only via UPS or FedEx and only small packages) – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o The Braatens at Little Haven, 15913 Highway 70, Belden CA 95915
  • Estimated ETA: 8/5 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, General Delivery, Old Station, CA 96071
  • Estimated ETA: 8/7 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, General Delivery, Burney, CA 96013
  • Estimated ETA: 8/12 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, General Delivery, Mount Shasta, CA 96067
  • Estimated ETA: 8/17 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Alderbrook Manor, 836 Sawyers Bar Road, Etna, CA 96027
  • Estimated ETA: 8/21 – (not mailed more than 3 weeks in advance of arrival, only via UPS) Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Mid River RV Park, 44701 Highway 96, Seiad Valley, CA 96086
  • Estimated ETA: 8/25 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Rodeway Inn, 2359 Ashland Street, Ashland, OR 97520
  • Estimated ETA: 8/30 – (UPS or USPS) Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Crater Lake Camp Store, Mazama Village, Crater Lake, OR 97604
  • Estimated ETA: 9/3 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Shelter Cove Resort, 27600 West Odell Lake Road, Highway 58, Crescent, OR 97733
  • Estimated ETA: 9/7 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Sisters Inn, 525 US Hwy 20 West, Sisters, OR 97759 (Be sure to label box as a hiker package including ETA)
  • Estimated ETA: 9/14 – (UPS or USPS) Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson,
    • Handwritten addresses: c/o Timberline Ski Area, WY’East Store, Timberline Lodge, OR 97028
    • Click-n-ship USPS addresses: c/o Timberline Ski Area, 27500 E Timberline Rd, WY’East Store, Timberline Lodge, OR 97028
  • Estimated ETA: 9/17 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson
    • USPS Addresses: c/o Port Marine RV Park, PO Box 307, Cascade Locks, OR 97014
    • UPS Addresses: c/o Port Marine RV Park, 355 WaNaPa Street, Cascade Locks, OR 97014
  • Estimated ETA: 9/25 – (USPS only) Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o White Pass Rural Branch PO at the Kracker Barrel Store, 48851 US Highway 12, Naches, WA 98937
  • Estimated ETA: 9/30 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson,
    • UPS Addresses: c/o Summit Inn Hotel, 603 SR 906, Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
    • USPS Addresses: c/o Summit Inn Hotel, PO Box 163, Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
  • Estimated ETA: 10/5 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Dinsmore’s Hiker Haven, PO Box 374, Skykomish, WA 98288 (ETA on all packages please)
  • Estimated ETA: 10/10 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, General Delivery, Stehekin, WA 98852

So you can’t launch out on a 2,000 mile plus walking adventure without planning.  It’s just not a good idea.  I mean, Cheryl Strayed openly wrote about her lack of planning in her book Wild about her poorly executed Pacific Crest Trail adventure during a mid-life crisis.  Millions of people read about her trip including lots of PCT thru-hikers who all pretty much universally think she was a bit daft…  And Ms. Strayed is now getting rich off her New York Times bestselling book and probably the movie rights.

What’s the moral of that story?  We’d rather have fun than be rich!  So we’re planning – a lot.

Our Route

We’re basically going from Onyx (see the red marker below) to Manning Park, Canada (at the northern end of the map).  If you want to dive into more detail about the route on a well laid out googlemap program, check out Postholer.com. Using the Location Type dropdown menu will show you where each of the resupply locations are.  One can also look at snow levels (a virtual non-issue this year when snowpack was less than 40% of normal) and some other fun GIS data stuff.

Jen and Roger's Pacific Crest Trail map3

Live Feed

Want to know exactly where we are at any given moment?  Check out our “Live Feed” on Craig’s PCT Planner.  It shows an estimate of where we are (Look for “JenAndRog“) relative to the 25 resupply points that we’ve opted to use along our route.  Note that this is pretty simple technology, it doesn’t give you precise GPS coordinates.  The awesome guy who put it together doesn’t work for the NSA – thank goodness!  Also, note that we will not show up on this map until we start hiking on Sunday, June 16th.  We’ll “check in” at our resupply locations along the way (at least where there is cellular coverage) and if we get off schedule, the live feed will be updated to reflect that.

Statistics

Onyx to Manning Park (Canada)
6-16-13 to 10-17-13 (northbound hike)
Days walking: 106.8 (16.0 in town layover days and 13.3 in town “zero” days)
Total days: 123.8

Total months: 4.1

Averages without layovers: 19.2 mi/day
Averages with layovers: 16.5 mi/day
Total Distance: 2,047.5 mi
Total Elevation gain: 244,484 ft
Resupply count: 24
The Folks We Have to Thank!
In our planning efforts, we have many people to thank for their wonderful tools, many of which were provided free to the public.  What follows is the whole plan devised using Craig’s PCT Planner (amazing free online resource) and Yogi’s Pacific Crest Trail Handbook (the nicely crowd-sourced how-to guide that seems to be everyone’s bible in PCT trip planning). We’re also carrying Halfmile’s wonderful maps (he’s generously put them up on the web for free) as well as Halfmile’s neat iPhone app that kinda turns your phone into a simplistic GPS (also free).  Of course, the Pacific Crest Trail Association also has invaluable resources especially their online forums, but they’re also providing us with the permits to do this whole trip.
We also thank our friends who’ve hosted us while in the Bay Area. Renee, KB and Tom, Rain, Rebecca and Djibrine have all also been wonderful hosts!  Renee has been especially generous in allowing us to commandeer her home with all of our gear, food (=heaps of crap) and is taking care of our cat. KB and Tom are also wonderfully serving as our Commissary Officers and managing resupply mailings for California.
And Now: The 25 Point Resupply Plan
The below shows when we plan to be where.  In some future post (that will have to happen in the next few days!), I hope put up information on how to mail us cookies and other trail treats if you’re so inclined along the way.

1. Onyx to Kennedy Meadows Store  (3.8 days)
6-16-13 to 6-20-13
50.8 mi
6,969 ft EG
13.3 mi/day
1,820 ft/day
Kennedy Meadows Store resupply exit

Exit pt:  Sherman Pass Road crossing
Detour:  .5mi road
Arrive:  6-19-13 (Wed)
Layover:     0.2 days
Depart:  6-20-13 (Thu)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 50.8 mi

Notes: 

Maildrop to Kennedy Meadows. 1 day layover included in Kennedy Meadows, food to be included in that shipment.

2. Kennedy Meadows Store to Independence  (8.9 days *)
6-20-13 to 6-29-13
104.4 mi *
14,287 ft EG
13.3 mi/day
1,817 ft/day
CA guidebook: G, H
Independence resupply exit

Exit pt:  Kearsarge Pass Trail Junction
Detour:  7.3mi trail + 13.0mi road
Arrive:  6-28-13 (Fri)
Layover:     0.8 days
Depart:  6-29-13 (Sat)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 155.2 mi

Notes: 

1 layover day at Kennedy Meadows.

1 layover day for 17 mile side trip to summit Whitney.

Hitch out to Independence for a combo mail drop (Send to Chevron).

3. Independence to Muir Trail Ranch  (5.2 days)
6-29-13 to 7-5-13
66.0 mi
10,941 ft EG
12.8 mi/day
2,124 ft/day
CA guidebook: H
Muir Trail Ranch resupply exit

Exit pt:  Muir Trail Ranch (south junction)
Detour:  1.5mi trail
Arrive:  7-4-13 (Thu)
Layover:     0.5 days
Depart:  7-5-13 (Fri)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 221.2 mi

Notes: 

Resupply at Independence. Maildrop.

4. Muir Trail Ranch to Mammoth Lakes  (3.2 days)
7-5-13 to 7-9-13
50.4 mi
8,434 ft EG
15.8 mi/day
2,643 ft/day
CA guidebook: H
Mammoth Lakes resupply exit

Exit pt:  Reds Meadow Trail
Detour:  .3mi trail + 16mi road (bus available)
Arrive:  7-8-13 (Mon)
Layover:     0.7 days
Depart:  7-9-13 (Tue)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 271.6 mi

Notes: 

Ship food, but also buy.

5. Mammoth Lakes to Tuolumne Meadows  (3.1 days)
7-9-13 to 7-14-13
55.1 mi *
4,626 ft EG
17.7 mi/day
1,489 ft/day
CA guidebook: H
Tuolumne Meadows resupply exit

Exit pt:  Highway 120 crossing
Detour:  .3mi trail
Arrive:  7-12-13 (Fri)
Layover:     1.6 days
Depart:  7-14-13 (Sun)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 326.7 mi

Notes: 

1.5 layover days for visiting friends in Yosemite Valley. Subtracting 7 miles in Lyell Canyon, but adding 26 miles to hike through Merced Lake, Vogelsang, Little Yosemite Valley down to Yosemite Valley.

6. Tuolumne Meadows to Northern Kennedy Meadows  (3.9 days)
7-14-13 to 7-18-13
75.6 mi
12,250 ft EG
19.4 mi/day
3,149 ft/day
CA guidebook: I
Northern Kennedy Meadows resupply exit (actually Yosemite Valley)

Exit pt:  via Highway 108 crossing (Sonora Pass)
Detour:  9.1mi road
Arrive:  7-17-13 (Wed)
Layover:     0.7 days
Depart:  7-18-13 (Thu)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 402.3 mi

Notes: 

11 mile hitch west on 108. Check mileage before hitching.
UPS only Mail resupply location with a restaurant and small store (cheese and snacks). PO may/may not be open on Saturday. Nero on both sides of an overnight.

7. Northern Kennedy Meadows to South Lake Tahoe  (3.9 days)
7-18-13 to 7-23-13
74.7 mi
7,350 ft EG
19.3 mi/day
1,899 ft/day
CA guidebook: J
South Lake Tahoe resupply exit

Exit pt:  via Highway 50 crossing
Detour:  12.0mi road
Arrive:  7-22-13 (Mon)
Layover:     1.0 days
Depart:  7-23-13 (Tue)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 477.0 mi

Notes: 

Buy. Grocery Outlet across from Motel Six. Probably nero on both sides of an overnight.

8. South Lake Tahoe to Sierra City  (5.2 days)
7-23-13 to 7-29-13
104.6 mi
11,211 ft EG
20.0 mi/day
2,144 ft/day
CA guidebook: J, K, L
Sierra City resupply exit

Exit pt:  Highway 49 crossing
Detour:  1.4mi road
Arrive:  7-28-13 (Sun)
Layover:     0.5 days
Depart:  7-29-13 (Mon)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 581.6 mi

Notes: 

Buy resupply.

9. Sierra City to Belden  (4.4 days)
7-29-13 to 8-3-13
91.6 mi
10,876 ft EG
20.6 mi/day
2,448 ft/day
CA guidebook: M
Belden resupply exit

Exit pt:  (on trail)
Detour:  on trail
Arrive:  8-2-13 (Fri)
Layover:     0.6 days
Depart:  8-3-13 (Sat)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 673.2 mi

Notes: 

Mail resupply at the Braaten’s house.

10. Belden to Old Station  (4.3 days)
8-3-13 to 8-8-13
88.5 mi
10,330 ft EG
20.7 mi/day
2,414 ft/day
CA guidebook: M, N
Old Station resupply exit

Exit pt:  Old Station access trail
Detour:  .3mi trail
Arrive:  8-7-13 (Wed)
Layover:     0.5 days
Depart:  8-8-13 (Thu)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 761.7 mi

Notes: 

Mail to Old Station. Very limited hiker food available at the C-store (likely cheese and bad snacks only).

11. Old Station to Burney Falls SP  (2.0 days)
8-8-13 to 8-10-13
45.9 mi
1,457 ft EG
23.5 mi/day
746 ft/day
CA guidebook: N
Burney Falls SP resupply exit

Exit pt:  (on trail)
Detour:  on trail
Arrive:  8-9-13 (Fri)
Layover:     0.3 days
Depart:  8-10-13 (Sat)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 807.6 mi

Notes: 

Have to carry a lot of water in the 33 mile section from Old Station to Burney. Mail resupply.

12. Burney Falls SP to Mt. Shasta City  (3.9 days)
8-10-13 to 8-14-13
82.9 mi
8,000 ft EG
21.3 mi/day
2,054 ft/day
CA guidebook: O
Mt. Shasta City resupply exit

Exit pt:  Interstate 5 crossing
Detour:  14.1mi road
Arrive:  8-14-13 (Wed)
Layover:     0.7 days
Depart:  8-14-13 (Wed)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 890.5 mi

Notes: 

Buy resupply. Stores are all closed by 6:30 pm. All you can eat lunch buffet at Round Table.

13. Mt. Shasta City to Etna  (4.8 days)
8-14-13 to 8-20-13
99.8 mi
11,144 ft EG
20.8 mi/day
2,326 ft/day
CA guidebook: P
Etna resupply exit

Exit pt:  Sawyers Bar Road
Detour:  10.4mi road
Arrive:  8-19-13 (Mon)
Layover:     1.0 days
Depart:  8-20-13 (Tue)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 990.3 mi

Notes: 

Hiker friendly town. Buy resupply. Large grocery store. Soda fountain.

14. Etna to Seiad Valley  (2.5 days)
8-20-13 to 8-23-13
55.8 mi
4,165 ft EG
22.0 mi/day
1,641 ft/day
CA guidebook: Q
Seiad Valley resupply exit

Exit pt:  (on trail)
Detour:  on trail
Arrive:  8-23-13 (Fri)
Layover:     0.5 days
Depart:  8-23-13 (Fri)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 1,046.1 mi

Notes: 

Mail resupply to Mid River RV park. Buy cheese and snacks. Send Oregon and Washington book sections to here.

15. Seiad Valley to Ashland  (3.3 days)
8-23-13 to 8-28-13
64.5 mi
10,002 ft EG
19.6 mi/day
3,042 ft/day
CA guidebook: R
Ashland resupply exit

Exit pt:  Interstate 5 crossing
Detour:  13.0mi road
Arrive:  8-27-13 (Tue)
Layover:     1.0 days
Depart:  8-28-13 (Wed)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 1,110.6 mi

Notes: 

Buy. Mail future resupplies for Oregon.

16. Ashland to Crater Lake (Mazama Village)  (4.8 days)
8-28-13 to 9-2-13
103.8 mi
9,414 ft EG
21.5 mi/day
1,947 ft/day
OR/WA guidebook: B, C
Crater Lake (Mazama Village) resupply exit

Exit pt:  Highway 62 crossing
Detour:  2.0mi road
Arrive:  9-1-13 (Sun)
Layover:     0.3 days
Depart:  9-2-13 (Mon)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 1,214.4 mi

Notes: 

Mail resupply to Mazama Store from Ashland, which has C-store items.
17. Crater Lake (Mazama Village) to Shelter Cove Resort  (3.8 days)
9-2-13 to 9-6-13
81.8 mi
7,002 ft EG
21.6 mi/day
1,851 ft/day
OR/WA guidebook: C, D
Shelter Cove Resort resupply exit

Exit pt:  Shelter Cove Trail
Detour:  2.2mi trail
Arrive:  9-5-13 (Thu)
Layover:     0.5 days
Depart:  9-6-13 (Fri)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 1,296.2 mi

Notes: 

Mail resupply from Ashland – UPS only.

18. Shelter Cove Resort to Sisters  (3.5 days)
9-6-13 to 9-10-13
77.3 mi
5,861 ft EG
21.9 mi/day
1,664 ft/day
OR/WA guidebook: D, E
Sisters resupply exit

Exit pt:  Highway 242 crossing
Detour:  15.0mi road
Arrive:  9-9-13 (Mon)
Layover:     1.0 days
Depart:  9-10-13 (Tue)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 1,373.5 mi

Notes: 

Buy resupply in Bend. 30 mile easy hitch.
19. Sisters to Timberline Lodge  (5.6 days)
9-10-13 to 9-17-13
117.8 mi
12,355 ft EG
21.0 mi/day
2,206 ft/day
OR/WA guidebook: F, G
Timberline Lodge resupply exit

Exit pt:  Timberline Lodge Trail
Detour:  .2mi trail
Arrive:  9-16-13 (Mon)
Layover:     0.5 days
Depart:  9-17-13 (Tue)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 1,491.3 mi

Notes: 

Mail resupply from Bend.

20. Timberline Lodge to Cascade Locks  (2.2 days)
9-17-13 to 9-20-13
47.8 mi
4,140 ft EG
21.6 mi/day
1,870 ft/day
OR/WA guidebook: G
Cascade Locks resupply exit

Exit pt:  (on trail)
Detour:  on trail
Arrive:  9-19-13 (Thu)
Layover:     1.0 days
Depart:  9-20-13 (Fri)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 1,539.1 mi

Notes: 

Buy resupply for big 7 day following segment. Large grocery store.

21. Cascade Locks to White Pass  (7.4 days)
9-20-13 to 9-27-13
147.7 mi
20,822 ft EG
20.0 mi/day
2,819 ft/day
OR/WA guidebook: H
White Pass resupply exit

Exit pt:  Highway 12 crossing
Detour:  .5mi road
Arrive:  9-27-13 (Fri)
Layover:     0.3 days
Depart:  9-27-13 (Fri)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 1,686.8 mi

Notes: 

Mail resupply from Bend with Cracker Barrel C-store for snacks and cheese.

22. White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass  (4.6 days)
9-27-13 to 10-3-13
99.0 mi
9,185 ft EG
21.4 mi/day
1,985 ft/day
OR/WA guidebook: I
Snoqualmie Pass resupply exit

Exit pt:  Interstate 90 crossing
Detour:  .3mi road
Arrive:  10-2-13 (Wed)
Layover:     0.7 days
Depart:  10-3-13 (Thu)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 1,785.8 mi

Notes: 

Mail resupply at Chevron.

23. Snoqualmie Pass to Skykomish  (3.9 days)
10-3-13 to 10-7-13
74.5 mi
13,450 ft EG
19.0 mi/day
3,425 ft/day
OR/WA guidebook: J
Skykomish resupply exit

Exit pt:  Highway 2 crossing
Detour:  16.2mi road
Arrive:  10-7-13 (Mon)
Layover:     0.5 days
Depart:  10-7-13 (Mon)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 1,860.3 mi

Notes: 

Mail resupply to Dinsmore Hiker Haven. Hitch to the left.

24. Skykomish to Stehekin  (5.1 days)
10-7-13 to 10-13-13
97.8 mi
16,860 ft EG
19.2 mi/day
3,305 ft/day
OR/WA guidebook: K
Stehekin resupply exit

Exit pt:  High Bridge Campground
Detour:  11.0 mile road (bus available)
Arrive:  10-12-13 (Sat)
Layover:     0.5 days
Depart:  10-13-13 (Sun)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 1,958.1 mi

Notes: 

Mail resupply.

25. Stehekin to Manning Park  (4.5 days)
10-13-13 to 10-17-13
89.4 mi
13,353 ft EG
19.8 mi/day
2,953 ft/day
OR/WA guidebook: K, L
Manning Park finish

Exit pt:  Highway 3 crossing
Arrive:  10-17-13 (Thu)
(finish)
Graph

Cumulative distance: 2,047.5 mi

 


The resupply plan is set and food planning is well on its way, the gear is almost all ready.  Ready, set, go!  Waitaminute!  We can’t go off on some silly  adventure without blogging about it…we’ve resurrected a blog that Rog started to create several years ago: Where Are Jen and Rog and we’ll be posting photos and journal entries to that.  Note that this blog already contains a bunch of entries from a dozen years ago in the (almost) pre-blog era from our 2001-2002 “global trek.”  We haven’t put more recent adventures up there, but better late than never.  If you want to get regular email updates from us, you can go check out the blog and then subscribe to it by entering your email in the “Email Subscription” link in the left hand navigation.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program: the Pacific Crest Trail.  We leave Onyx, CA (east of Bakersfield) at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada mountains this coming Sunday. Theoretically, we’ll step across the Canadian border on October 17th…2,000 miles later (that’s only roughly 3,520,000 steps).

Speaking of steps, check out our footwear.

Dirty Girls gaiters, so fancy, so awesome and maybe just a bit too much for the catwalk, but not for the PCT.

Dirty Girls gaiters, so fancy, so awesome and maybe just a bit too much for the catwalk, but not for the PCT.

Everything must go! Pounds, kilograms, ounces, grams. That’s right folks, we’re getting rid of every last nanogram that we can. We’re taking this seriously and are cutting our 1/2 ounce toothbrushes in half to save, you got it, 1/4 ounce. As they say, as the weight comes off, the fun comes on. Right now, my pack baseweight (without food, fuel or water) is coming in around 14.9 pounds and Jen is rocking it at 14.6 (that’s everything, including the 2.5 pound bear cans that we get to shed after we clear out of Yosemite).

PCT toothbrush - only a quarter ounce!

PCT toothbrush – only a quarter ounce!

Right now, it’s all about food planning. We’re measuring everything on the kitchen scale, checking it twice and then second guessing it all over again. How much food are we going to need once we’re averaging 20 miles/day? We won’t hit that average pace for about 500 miles, but we have to plan for that now. It’s all very fuzzy math…

Jen PCT food planning - Yummy dehydrated peanut butter!

Jen PCT food planning – Yummy dehydrated peanut butter!

Rog and Jen’s travels – some old stuff, some new stuff

This blog has a collection of the travel update emails that Jen and Rog compiled during our 2001-2002 round the world trip. We're off to do a bit more trekking around, and thought it would be nice import those old emails. Enjoy!

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