I'm hiking east to west because I'll be coming from the French Alps, and after my hike I'd like to chill in the Picos de Europa if I have time. Hiking east to west seems to make at least as much sense as west to east. Joosten never really justifies his west-to-east choice in the guidebook. I think the west is moister, so by starting in the east I'm giving some snow more time to melt:)
I should meet both of you along the way and look forward to the conversation. Look for a cheerful, bearded PCT transplant with a ULA Ohm pack and inov-8 shoes. Actually, the reflective umbrella will give me away long before you notice the rest... :)
Does anyone have any info on snow depths as a percentage of normal?
We can use this thread to discuss strategies for hiking the HRP in 2011. Let me start...
I have Joosten's updated guidebook. I will scan it and put it on my iPod Touch. I'm carrying a Solio iPod/iPhone charger (200 g w/cords). I am going to try to download other available maps and try to avoid having to buy maps for the trek.
I'll be taking a Katabatic Gear 30 degree Palisade quilt and Bristlecone bivy. Shelter: MLD Trailstar. I look forward to high winds. Pack: ULA Ohm. Expect to sometimes carry quilt in large stuff sack on back of pack to keep it stored semi-compressed to preserve loft. I want to take the Inertia X pad plus a Gossamer Gear 1/4'' pad for the torso, but this combo needs to be field-tested first. Otherwise, a motley and rather bulky GG pad combo (total weight ~ 250 g).
Ice & snow gear: CAMP Corsa (70 cm), Kahtoola Microspikes, Integral Designs VB socks (I have goretex socks, but they quickly stink up). I want to bag Aneto and some other obvious peaks along the way, and I'll be carrying these from the Alps anyway.
Rain gear: mountain poncho (design from BPL) - 200 g, Golite Chrome Dome (mainly for sun), MLD rain mitts, probably also MYOG rain chaps, waterproof socks (mainly to protect against frozen feet on snowy sections).
Clothes: Marmot Cocona Powerdry top and bottom, wind layer, shorts, T-shirt, and maybe Montbell down inner vest.