Onward and Westward!

Big news!! Another dark winter has passed!

A brief winter catch-up:

This winter I worked for Maine Huts and Trails at a hut on the edge of Flagstaff Lake (the foot of the Bigelow Mountains, just north of Sugarloaf). Days and days of cooking, dishwashing and cleaning took place. I met many people interested in outdoor recreation. I skied almost every day. I fed a wood stove every day…and am very proud to have learned how to split wood. What raw catharsis! I think winter is best enjoyed outside of the city, where driving is not desirable and the snow becomes more of a pleasure than a nuisance. Snow is also a big economic contributor to the area (Sugarloaf and Maine Huts), and so people LOVE it!! Me too. 

Onto the summer project: the Pacific Crest Trail. Since arriving back in Portland on Monday I have been doing the insane organizing scramble of last-minute PCT gear and packing for college in Prescott, Arizona. The organizing scramble included selling my car to a wonderful friend!! But Bernie will be sorely missed.

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My current plan is to hike the trail from the border of Mexico to Manning Park, in Canada, and fly directly from Vancouver to Arizona. I recently got my three necessary permits in the mail: a long distance hiking permit for the PCT corridor, a permit to enter Canada by foot through the PCT corridor, and a California fire permit (with severe limitations this year because of the drought).  Here is my gear set up excluding my Tarptent: 

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Now to try fitting it all in the pack!

 

 

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