Ready … Set … Pack

Wow only 17 days until the hiking starts.  All the training hikes, the planning, the food purchasing, the gear testing, getting the right shoes … it is all coming together.  Thanks to everyone for all the help!!

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Food Prep — bag and weigh
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Boxes Packed for mailing
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Training hike in Briones  View of Diablo
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Waterfalls on Mount Diablo

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Trails in Briones
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View from Olympia on Diablo
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The Ruck in Cascade Locks

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Less than six weeks to start.  Training continues with a pack check and PCT strategy session in Cascade Locks Oregon.  Jerry and I drove up to participate in the American Association of Long Distance Hikers “Ruck”.  This session is run by PCT experts to help you with your gear, food, and resupply strategy.  We drove to Troutdale OR on the Columbia River staying at an iconic hotel called McMenamins Edgefield.  Good news is we had the Beer 101 package and got free beer tastings and a to-go growler.Ruck (11)

 We drove up to Cascade Locks on Friday and hiked the scenic Eagle Creek trail with great waterfalls, mature mossy forests and beautiful canyon walls.  We ran into a group from Colorado who were kayaking the Punchbowl falls.  They climbed three Kayaks into the creek and took them over a 30 foot waterfall.  It was great to watch them setup and prepare and to film the event.

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Punchbowl Falls
Ruck Pic Eagle Creek
Falls into Eagle Creek
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Eagle Creek Canyon

Later Friday we met Scott and the set up group for the Ruck and started cooking.  We got the chili and meat all prepped for Saturday and grabbed dinner at Thunder Island Brewery.Ruck (9)

The Ruck on Saturday was great with good information and practical tips on how to hike a long distance trail.  The majority of the people were hiking the PCT in 2016 but there were CDT and AT hikers there as well.  The day ended with a movie on hiking the CDT and more beer from Thunder Island Brewery.

We had a small Q&A session on Sunday and then drove to Shasta.  We parked at Bunny Flats where there was 8-10 feet of snow thinking we would camp and do some snow hiking but we just took a picture and decided the beds at home would be more comfortable.  Great trip overall.

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Bunny Flat 7,000′ on Mount Shasta