Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Countdown to Amicalola: A Fortnight for Thee

The Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Sequoia National Park. Obviously these mountains are not along the Appalachian Trail, but the Pacific Crest Trail travels along the high ridges of these western peaks. Because of the trails length and the much higher elevations, through hikers on the PCT can often run into precarious situations with snow up on the higher elevations between Kennedy Meadows and Sonora Pass. If you wait too long to start so that you can avoid the snow in the High Sierra, you run the double risk of hiking the desert when it's way too hot (as opposed to merely uncomfortably hot) and then hitting the North Cascades just as the first dangerous snows of Fall begin.

Date: March 11, 2015
Current Week: 03/11/15 - 03/17/15
Days until Amicalola: 14
Pounds to next weight goal: 5.2 (-0.4)
Total gained Last Week: 1.6
Total Lost Entire Period: 11.0
Weight Goals Met: 0
Minutes Exercised, Yesterday: 35
Minutes Exercised, Last Week: 181
Minutes Exercised, Week: 0
Miles Hiked, Yesterday: 0.00
Miles Hiked, 2015: 3.76

Two weeks to go.

That's all the time left before our Appalachian Trail hike begins. In less than 336 hours we'll say our goodbyes at Amicalola Falls State Park and head out on our way up the Approach Trail to Springer Mountain. Yeah, it's hard to believe the time is almost here. However, having a tough time dealing with the lateness of the hour before we step off doesn't change the fact its coming.

I picked up some first aid and hygiene supplies today, which should about round things down for me in terms of my pack contents.  I still have to order a new pair of shoes, which I plan to do sometime this evening. As far as actions directly related to hiking, I'm pretty much at a standstill until we take off for Georgia a week from this upcoming Monday.

That's actually a good thing, as I still have plenty to do to pack up my apartment and wrap things up at work. Before I know it the next nine days will be gone, and it will be time to go from Schaumburg to Ridge Farm, and Ridge Farm to Amicalola Falls State Park. I expect to be a collection of agonizingly slow minutes that only appear as fast as they went by in retrospect.

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