Pacific Crest Trail (2018) Pre-Hike 5: A++

Sunday, May 06, 2018

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So I missed my start date. However, after going through some very useful physiotherapy, I’m declaring my foot ‘rehabilitated enough’ and will start at Burney (mile 1415.7) later in May. No Joshua trees or tar pits, but volcanoes (!!), Man Eaten Lake, the axe from The Shining, marmots and pikas, the Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple… I also hope to beat out some of the fire season in Oregon and Washington.

For obvious reasons, I didn’t apply for the Canada PCT entry permit 8-10 weeks prior to my hike as specified on the PCTA website. Logic would tell us that what’s important is applying long enough before the border crossing to print out the permit along the trail, but bureaucracy is constantly showing us how little it cares about logic as opposed to generating vast amounts of superfluous paperwork, so I emailed the agency to ask whether I could still apply. The answer was positive, but emphasized that there are no guarantees. I ended up receiving the permit the day after I applied. Wow! I know it’s not high season for permit requests, but I’m still impressed.

I must also mention the exciting discovery of the interstitium, relevant to a hiking journal since hikers are always getting plantar fasciitis and now we know more about the fascia – Quirks and Quarks interviewed one of the scientists who discovered it. If I had started hiking on my start date I might not have heard about the interstitium and maybe no one would have thought to tell me ever, so it’s really all for the best in a straw-grasping type of way.

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