Hey guys, started applying for colleges and found out that I will have about 110 days of free time summer 2013, and that may be the only opportunity I will have to do the PCT in the near future.
A little background:
I do have some experience doing long distance thru hikes. I have thru hiked the JMT, and done several weekend long and a few other week long hikes. I did the JMT in 22 days with 3 zero days, so i did take it relatively slow. I know that doing the PCT in 3.5 months will mean I will have to average close to 25 miles per day for the entire trip. That's a lot, but I did have a few 16 and a 17 mile day on the JMT and did not feel like I over did it. By the end of my JMT I think 25 mile days would have been very doable, but not neccesariy a stroll in the park. How does the terrain of the rest of the PCT compare in difficulty?
I need to get my pack weight as light and refined as I can. And heck, if I end up not being able to do 25 mpd, Ill just do as much of the trail I can and the most beautiful parts of the trail.
Here is my current gearlist, most of which I used on the JMT.
I have not used the litemax stove yet, and am coming from using a homemade penny stove. I got jealous of the simplicity of of my partners canister stove during the trip. Seems like it will be worth the weight, but I am concerned about fuel availability along the trail. Any input here? I am also looking into using esbit.
The other thing I have not used yet is the neoair xlite. I am concerned about durability, but will have the 1/8th pad as a backup, that will double as a sitpad and possibly a makeshift frame in my ULA circuit. The inflatable pad is another thing I got jealous of other people during the JMT thru hike. Should be worth the weight for a better warmer sleep. Convince me otherwise.
I'm still deciding about taking out the aluminum stay in the ULA circuit and just going frameless. Anyone have any experience with that? I love the pack, it has never given me any problems even when loaded up to 40 lbs with lots of food and water. Would a folded up 1/8th be sufficient? Obviously I will need to get out and test it to decide for myself.
Clothing look sufficient? Should I consider ditching the rain jacket and just getting something like a pata houdini? Or would I regret not having some sort of full rain protection?
Ice Axe and crampons I will add to the list if the season demands it.
I still need to add in my cell phone charger. I think I may get a battery brick to go with it as well.
Suggestions for changes in gear based on your opinion or experience will be appreciated. I do not wish to lose comfort though, or safety.
Thanks for your input,