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I’m pretty much at that point in time where it’s too late to order anymore gear online. Less than three weeks from today I’ll fly down to San Diego to start my PCT adventure. I’ll be staying a couple nights with trail angels (awesome people who like to help out thru-hikers just because) so that I can spend a day in the city stocking up on food and any remaining supplies I might need.
For the next few weeks I’ll also be doing some research on resupply options. I am really winging this one. Most people seem to prepare their food in advance and organize mail drops all the way up the trail. This isn’t really feasible for me since it’s expensive – or not even legal, depending – to ship food over the border. I’ll probably send at least one box of food out of San Diego, but otherwise I’ll mostly buy as I go. I picked up Yogi’s PCT Guide for some valuable intel on where to buy food; I’d been debating whether or not to shell out the $60 for it, but decided the included town guide would save me at least that much when planning how to feed myself.
I’m trying not to obsess right now over resources like the PCT list-serv, PCT Class of 2015 Facebook page, Women of the PCT Facebook page… etc. It’s too easy right now for me to get over-hyped and worried. I don’t want to over-plan, but I want to be smart about this.
Speaking of smartness or lack thereof, I definitely just blew my budget on a new camera (Fuji X-100T). I didn’t want to lug my heavy DSLR with me on this trip, and my phone camera – while good for a phone camera – makes the photographer side of me weep at the thought of having to use that to document some of the best scenery I might ever see in my life. I keep taking photos of my cats and telling myself it was worth it, dammit! For those interested in seeing these photos I take along the trail, or terrible, over-filtered photos of my pets doing nothing particularly interesting – check out my Instagram in the sidebar.