Tiny setback 

I have had an amazing and extremely arduous start and I trying not to think of this as a failure. For some reason it never quite occurred to me how much nine liters of water would weigh; added to my pack weight, this set an old shoulder injury over the edge. I am not letting this stop me and am really trying hard not to be too disappointed. Setbacks happen, it is just how I react to them that matters. At least that is what I keep telling myself. I am resting and strengthening my shoulder for the next two weeks and then will be starting again.

This was not quite the start I had hoped for. I know have a much better idea for the mindset I need to be in and what I need to succeed.

Everyone I have met on the trail has been super nice and supportive of one another and I can’t wait to rejoin that community. 

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The Night Before…

… The adventure begins. When all through the hotel not a creature was stirring, not even Adele; the backpack was leaned by the door with care in hopes that the next day would be smooth and fair. The hiker was nestled all snug in her bed with dreams of dehydration and blisters swarming her head. 

Okay. So I made it to San Diego. Tomorrow I begin on the trail in Campo at the Mexican border. My pack weighs 25lbs without food and water. A little heavier than desired but I am sure I will reevaluate things harshly when I start moving. I have my resupply packages all ready to go through California, Oregon and Washington… Well we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Thanks for all of your support!

Alex 

    
 

The Beginning of a Long Journey

I started this blog to have all of the important information and updates for my solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in one nice place. Hopefully it will help to assuage fears that I have died of dehydration or been consumed by a bear.

My plan thus far is to start the trail. If I do that, in my mind I will be a success. Maybe I will do the whole thing or maybe I will get into medical school and need to move across the country on very short notice. Regardless I am overjoyed and not a little bit terrified to be putting my dream since middle school into action, hiking the PCT.

My wonderful father will be dropping me off in Campos, California, right on the Mexican border on April 23. I plan on checking in and posting pics here on this blog as well as updating my hiking plan and resupply point for those of you who might want to send me something delicious and light weight 😉

Here is a link to my plan with resupply addresses included:

http://www.pctplanner.com/v.php?g=psr5k3CACaDh

Cheers!