backpacking

PCT update: Mile 566

Hey guys!

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I am about to put up some posts of our PCT hike on my other blog: https://captainplanetpct.wordpress.com/

Currently Flask and I are in Tehachapi, Ca: mile 566. We are gearing up for the snow as we approach Kennedy Meadows. There is a lot of fear mongering going on out here, so we are preparing ourselves as best we can to enter potentially hazardous conditions. The desert was also reasonably dangerous, especially in the heat of the day, so I am hoping that with proper gear and decision making skills we can work our way through the massive snow melt happening in the high Sierras. Send your best thoughts to us and as much luck as possible!!!

-Captain Planet

PCT 2017 Mail Drops

Today I was looking at an email from a trail angel who is dropping me off in Campo, and I realized that there are people already on the PCT! It made me realize that this is really going to happen. Over the next few days I will be sending out some mail drops that Flask and I put together, another sort of illuminating moment.

I am still unsure of the best way to resupply on trail, and I do see the benefits of both buying as you go and mail drops. I choose to do mail drops because I don’t eat meat so the extra protein I can pack into every meal really helps, but I am also positive that I will be finding my way to town to get extra supplies and eat at restaurants.

There are several spots where I intend to resupply in town, partially because I know I will be very sick of the variety I have packed in the boxes. I picked my resupplies with Flask in a sort of debate/informed guess manner. I’m sure we’ve planned some weird stops, but we won’t know until we are on trail! We also encountered the problem of P.O. drops which are only held for a month. To solve this problem we have enlisted close family to send us time sensitive boxes with dinners and protein rich foods.

After this hike I am going to come out with a backpacking cookbook listing all of the best recipes I’ve created !

Here are some pictures of the process:

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Appalachian Trail -March 23 2015- October 1 2015

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Two years ago! I can’t believe it has been that long, and I can’t believe it has only been two years. I can still close my eyes and find myself on some distant mountain in the Appalachians. Today I am finishing up packing our resupply boxes for the PCT! I can’t wait to get back on trail!!!!

Flask and I will be starting in Campo on May 13th 2017!!!! Happy Trails! I hope to see some of you out there! ❤

 

Hiking for a Cause: Earth Justice/PCTA!

I am hiking for a cause! It seems like a huge obligation to raise money while hiking, but I found a good cause that appeals to my current sentiments. There are a lot of causes I was torn between, and I did some extensive research which informed my decision to hike for Earth Justice!

here is my bio. on the hike for website:

Trail: Pacific Crest Trail     Goal: 2650 Miles
Dates: May 13 2017 – Sep 13 2017
My trail name is Captain Planet. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015, and I am excited to announce that I plan on thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from South to North starting May 2017. I walked the Appalachian Trail solo,but I will be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with my partner Flask, another long distance hiker. I am devoted to protecting the wilderness. I grew up traveling around this beautiful country with my family, exploring the National Parks and America’s wilderness areas. I think of the public lands as my home, as a part of myself, and I would do anything to keep them protected. I hike because I love hiking. I am hiking for a cause because I know the earth is at risk, and I would like to bring awareness to it’s peril. I am inspired to do this because I am troubled by the shift towards the privatization of public lands and energy solutions that depend on fracking. I am deeply concerned with the fine balance between land accessibility and preservation that is often tipped in the favor of economic gain. People need wilderness, clean drinking water, clean air, places to grow food and the ability to live independently. We need to love the earth with our actions.
Cause 1: I am hiking for Earth Justice, which is an Environmental Law Organization that is actively assisting Standing Rock with their struggle for protecting water and life. This organization is also largely concerned with protecting wilderness, regulating energy solutions and monitoring the health of the environment in a just manner.
Cause 2: Pacific Crest Trail Association. Trail community and maintainers are what make my world more magical. Since I am hiking the PCT I feel it is important to hike for the unseen stewards of the trail. less
If you would like to pledge per mile please check out my profile! I start my trek on May 13th. Anything helps!!!! I stand with Standing Rock.

http://www.hikefor.com/Captain_Planet/PCT/2017

Hiker Ladies, I present the Menstrual Cup!

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(not my  photo:  http://www.womenshealthmag.com/sites/womenshealthmag.com/files/wh-menstrual-cup-1000.jpg)

It’s not called a Diva Cup, it’s called a menstrual cup, and there are many brands of them! I bought mine from a company called Glad Rags at the San Francisco Green Festival Expo. I really love it!!!! I haven’t used a tampon or anything of the like in about three years.

I’ve had some terrible experiences with medicines and shots that alter periods and there is hearsay that tampons are not only wasteful, but they also might be linked to cancer causing materials.

Here’s a fun article from Time Magazine expressing possible concerns:
http://time.com/4422774/tampons-toxic-cancer/

I would highly recommend this for any hiker as it cuts down on bloody trash you have to carry. I found a bloody tampon on trail once…seriously ladies? If you don’t want to hike it out, get a menstrual cup!

Another interesting concept is that periods change when hiking. During the first half of my 2015 hike my cycle became light and sometimes missed. I think happens because the body is too stressed to attempt to reproduce.

Glad Rags:

http://gladrags.com/category/33/Menstrual-Cups.html

PCT 2017

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October 2016, Mother Earth and I did a little hike on the PCT near Lake Tahoe. It was a spontaneous hike without much thought or planning. I did manage to take a peak at the weather, so we only stayed on night. The first snows came the following day. We hiked up to a nice campsite on a ridge. We set up camp and made dinner right away. As we unpacked the food, I realized that I packed the extra dinner bag rather than the actual food bag I had prepared.

I looked at mom  with slight alarm and thought “Will she be mad?”

She laughed for awhile at my mistake and eventually asked me which one we should have for dinner.

I responded with “Which one do you want for breakfast?”

We laughed again. All food is good food when you are hungry.

It was cold enough for us to put on all of our layers and windy enough to get us out of bed at 3am to relocate at a sheltered spot a few miles back down the trail. Night hiking probably sounds ridiculous or even dangerous;however, it is second nature to night hike for a thru-hiker, and I was glad to have the experience with Mother Earth. I want her to be comfortable making decisions in the wilderness that really take into account all possible actions. Night hiking sounds like desperation, but really it’s a good  example of how overcoming cultural fears leads to more freedom and safety in the wilderness. As a female hiking solo on trail, I often night hiked away from sketchy individuals sleeping at shelters or roads and stealth camped.

As we walked down the trail we saw three shooting stars, the tail end of the Orionids meteor shower.In the morning our stomachs grumbled about oatmeal. As we walked out, we followed a rainbow back to the car. A big storm was blowing in and the rising sun caught the western curtain of rain. Collectively we saw about 12 rainbows.

Currently:

I’m trying to decide if I want to blog on my AT site or start a new blog for the PCT, what do you guys think?

Flask and I were sitting around last night discussing the not so distant future. We’ve decided to leave around the 28th of April  2017 for the southern terminus of the PCT. Before we hike we might take a little trip down to Baja with my cousin who has decided to hike with us. Before any of that we are thinking of visiting family, so pre-trail is going to be an exciting time! We might even take a train cross country!Starting in April we are going to be moving about quite a bit.

Post-trail we are thinking of doing some exploring in British Columbia and Alaska. We are hoping to finish sometime in early or mid-September.

Currently I have printed out my guide, and I have most of the gear I need. Flask and I are marking out our resupplies on the map. In Jan. and Feb. we will be putting together our self-care packages and making our dinners. I plan to complete a vegetarian backpacking cookbook when we finish this next trail. My first attempt at making my own meals definitely had some failures. Hopefully it will all come together on the PCT, and I can finish up writing my recipes.

Stay tuned, there is much to come!