Don, thanks for such an insightful trip report.
I am toying with taking a year off post Uni and getting a round the world ticket, starting October 2007. Its highly likely I will stop in LA on the way through to the UK and Europe-my main targets.
I was thinking of doing about two or three weeks of walking on the PCT. I won't have time to do anymore-I'll need to be in Europe afterwards.
Would love to do the Desert section you just described, plus Get to Forester Pass. Once I have reaced the pass I will head down off the trail ASAP and get back to LA.
Being an Aussie I am not familiar with the logistics of this venture.
I will bring an Ice Axe from Aus for the Sierras, I'll just carry it through the desert with me. Is this Desert the one with Joshua Tree National Park, is it earlier on the trail, or am I getting confused with CDT? I'd like to visit Joshua tree if possible. I'll need to leave a heap of gear somewhere secure, probably in LA or in one of the towns on the route back. Does your tent need to be capable of handling snowloading for this section of the PCT? Also, is mid-late October too late for this trip-will the weather be getting too extreme in the Sierra without extensive Mountaineering gear and experience? I am an ace in Deserts, but don't have any experience yet on ice.
Anyone got any suggestions?
Sorry if i should have posted this one elsewhere but I figured that while we are on the topic...