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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) Pre-Hike 6: Almost There

Friday, May 25, 2018 Finally about to start the PCT! Getting here has been turbulent. My flight was delayed five hours coming into San Francisco, where I was staying in an iffy neighbourhood. I forgot one of my two pairs of socks in the hostel. A man started catcalling me near the bus station in […]

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

Sunday, May 06, 2018 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 […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) Pre-Hike 4: The Dark Void of Too Much Information

Sunday, March 11, 2018 I finished work last week and I’ve been in PCT planning mode ever since. There’s so much info about the PCT that planning becomes unnecessarily complicated, but I want to mention a few less visible sources of info. 1. David Odell’s 1972 trail journal This source is 45+ years out of […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) Pre-Hike 3: Don’t Panic

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Someone asked me the other day whether I’m excited for my trip or whether I’m worried that my foot won’t be ready. For sure I’m worried! I’m doing my best to abide by the wisdom of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Don’t panic) but a towel isn’t helping, nor are the […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) Pre-Hike 2: Progress

Sunday, February 04, 2018 I received a second set of x-rays and they confirmed no fracture, so the doctor gave me permission to stop using crutches. At first my food didn’t hurt and I thought it might be miraculously healed, but it became sore with a small amount of use… nonetheless it’s much improved from […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2018) Pre-Hike 1: Screwed

Sunday, January 21, 2018 [Insert wordless howl into the abyss here.] Two days ago, I fell and sprained (or possibly fractured) my foot or ankle. The doctor ordered x-rays and put me on crutches for two weeks, which I intend to spend scaring myself with questionable medical websites. A good chunk of time remains before […]