Then it slowed down some. I didn’t have enough snacks. But I had a full backpack and plenty of food if I wanted to eat it.
But the last six miles or so was all downhill
The net result was 27+ miles hiked in one day and 658 floors of elevation climbed as Fitbit measures it. For comparison our roughest day on the Appalachian Trail was under 500 flights and a benchmark day was around 425.
An “average” or nondescript day would be 2000 floors.
This was our longest day and by far our highest climbing day. High point was about 7856’ and the lowest trail head I measured was ~6000.’
We drove to the south end and left my car. Then yesterday morning we drove to the north end and started hiking.
Sleeping bag (in the liner instead of a stuff sack).
Underwear (one set).
Baselayer: currently polartech silkweight top and bottom. Wear top to hike in as a sun shirt.
Three pairs of socks (one to wear, one for back-up, one for sleeping in).
Two buffs, both wool. Bought a new buff just for the trail as my old one is finally developing holes in it.
That is my current gear set up.
With five days of food and two liters of water it comes to about 24 pounds, much to my surprise. That is definitely less than the 35 pounds with three days of food and a liter of water I had for my first-time section hiking Georgia.
And obviously, I’ll be wearing a pair of socks, a shirt, pants and underwear on the trail. So the weight carried in my pack will come down.
As I eat the food it will weigh less and less until the next resupply :).
The big changes for the PCT are the need for sunglasses, sun protection on arms and hands and legs (or why I’m back to pants instead of just a pair of shorts), and the bandana. Also, I continue to realize I need less gear. For laundry day I can just wear my rain pants.
My hat and the bandana protect my ears and neck from the sun. I’ll also treat the bandana with permethrin though I have a bug net.
Since then I’ve switched the swift water sandals for the croc clones to save weight and will just wear my trail runners for fording rivers—I’ve done that before.
We switched from our pot to another that weighed what turned out to be barely less (and bent too easily for $100 worth of gear) and then to an aluminum grease pot which is lighter. Returned the failed pot to REI.
We dropped the quesadilla pan which was actually heavier than the pot.
Just don’t use the quesadilla pan enough. Forgot about my wool sleep beanie, so it isn’t listed above but is in my pack. I may drop it as I’ve never quite used one on the trail.
I carry the tent, Win carries the pot, stove and our spoons.
I have two platypus bags instead of one.
Weighed it with the five days of food and two liters of water but me wearing the clothes and it comes to ~24 pounds.
If you are not in a Dyneema or a Polyester tent (both are hydrophobic) after the first night things will pack up lighter with a four ounce polycro footprint than with the moisture a silnylon tent will pick up from the ground in many areas.