Ryan's PCT 2009 Walkabout

Hello!

If you've stumbled across this page, you're too early for my journals and experience for my 2009 thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. I began hiking on May 1, 2009 and am still currently hiking!I appoloize for the boring state of this page! Planning has taken most of my time, however when I've completed the hike I hope to beautify this page with photos and more helpful info. For now here's my initial approximate itenerary and my starting gear list. I hope to get a bunchmuch more on here once I touch Canadian soil in mid September. Please come on back then!

For now I've posted a few pre-hike thoughts at my online trail journal. Have a look-see at PostHoler Journals

 

Napali Coast Me

Maps:

Basic trail map provided by the Pacific Crest Trail Assoication.

Interactive PCT google map from Postholer.com

 

On the trail im using the PCT guidbooks and a GPS with 1:24,000 scale topo maps of the entire west coast. (the PCT is visible on portions of those GPS maps, however is not continious. Rivers/streams/canyons are labled, being a great aid in finding water on the book topo maps)

PCT Map Thumb

Itenerary:

Approximate dates of arrival in towns to pick up food/drop boxes. Zero days (days off) and time in town (0.5 days default per town) are
already calcualted in. Because days off are included here, the miles/day statistics and actual days hike the section are incorrect
for some sections, namely Agua Dulce, Soda Springs and Sierra City - where I plan to be visiting family and friends.
Itinerary made with Craigs PCT Planner.

Itinerary

Gear List:

My target base weight was under 15 lbs. This being my first attempt at light/ultralight backpacking, I managed to get to 13.75 lbs. However, being such a nut for photography, I decided to bring my Canon Rebel XTi DSLR camera with full tripod (4ft), extra batteries and a filter. Because the camera is expensive, I also brought a dry bag to fit everything into.
Base Weight = 13.75 lbs
Camera Gear = 3.90 lbs
Total Weight = 18.05 lbs
(including a few more"extras")

Price Weight (oz) Weight (g) Base Weight Desert
Main Gear
Tarptent
200
26.5
748
784
Contrail – sealed seems w/ 6ft extra cord
sleeping bag
345
32.4
920
920
Western Mountaineering UltraLite 20
sleeping bag liner
37.93
114
114
Grand Trunk Silk Sleep Sack – BLUE (no stuff sack)
sleeping pad
19.95
235
235
Thermarest Ridge Rest Short
ground tarp (tyvek or 2mm plastic)
3.89
5.4
106
106
3 Tarps (106, 108, 158g)
ice axe
74.93
433
Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe 70cm – '08
Backpack
119.19
1411
1411
REI Flash 65 Pack STEEL/PEWTER LARGE (-322g w/out plastic and stays (stays = 48g each))
Pack cover
0
129
129
Mountain Smith Large
light
7.75
25
25
Solar Powered 2- LED White with on/off
Wearing
trekking poles – BD CF Alpine
67.75
17.3
490
 Pair – w/ 10ft Duct tape – no handles – 244g per pair
trekking poles snow disks (2)
40
20g each
sun glasses
0
23
sun glasses cloth cleaner
1
6
6
sun glasses neck band
5.35
2
sun glasses bag
0
6
6
Shoes New Balance 811 (Yellow)
58.51
Joesnewbalanceoutlet.com Size 14
Shoes New Balance 811 (Black)
58.51
Joesnewbalanceoutlet.com Size 14
Shoes New Balance 811 (Blue)
64.32
876
New Balance Store in Roseville – Closeout Size 14 (438g per shoe)
Shoes New Balance 850
54.88
100
Cabela's Reno – Size 14 (500g per shoe)
Shoe Inserts
12.99
Dr Scholl's “Massaging Gel Extra Support” Size 8-14
Shoe Inserts
39.99
Impact Gel size 14 (two pairs of insoles and inserts – 4 pair total)
Watch
43.34
44
poly/nylon shirt
69.63
292
2 Columbia Titanium L/Sleeve – Red (292g) and Blue (274)
Shorts/Pants
55
368
REI Sahara convertible Pant – (dark green – Pant legs=120g
Sock
14.63
44
92
 (3 pair =140g)Simply For Sports “Calcetines” 6 pair size10-13 quarter top and low cut
hat w/ neck flap
10
99
with sweat catcher
SPF chapstick
0.98
8
Gaiters
12.93
77
Otto Spring Gaiters - BLACK L/XL
Clothes
Golite Phantasm Jacket
76.49
10.2
289
289
Gore-Tex – Full Zip – Hooded – 2 Front Pockets
Frogg Togg rain wear (Bottom)
224
 
SmartWool Adrenalin Mini Sock 
13.45
60
SmartWool Adrenaline Light Mini Sock Oatmeal/Olive, XL 
SmartWool Adrenalin Mini Sock 
16.74
82
2 Pair SmartWool Adrenaline Ultra Light Mini Sock Rust, XL (41g single)
Socks
24.03
4 pair Teko Ecopoly Ultralight Mini Crew Sock XL Yellow. (from SAC)
glove windproof
57
57
Seirus Stretchy @ REI
glove water proof liner
11.46
109
 
long underwear Upper
22.95
155
Cabela's silkweight Polartec (Medium Tall)
long underwear Lower
14.88
145
Cabela's X-Static Seclusion 3D
North Face TKA 100 Fleece
34.96
291
291
North Face TKA 100 Glacier ¼ zip Fleece
Wind Jacket
53.96
99
99
GoLite Wisp Wind Shirt – Men's Meridian Blue/Grease, L
Balaclava
21.75
47
Outdoor Research Option Balaclava BLACK L/XL
Kitchen
alcohol stove
0.02
2.7
76
76
 (extra penny – pot stand – wind screen)
alcohol container (10oz) + 1oz dripper
2.99
35
250
6 pack Welch's Apple Juice (242g= 8oz alcohol in bottle) 1oz Dripper (8g)
plastic water bottles (2 Aquafina 1L)
3.2
90
90
45g each
platypus 1L (x1)
7.95
24
24
Float after So Cal.
platypus 2L (x1)
19.9
36
36
Price for two +/- Float
platypus 2L (x1)
0
35
35
 
knife
0
2.9
84
84
Victronix w/ can opener/scissors/blades
Fire (matches+lighter)
1
29
Regular Box + 18 waterproof + lighter(16g)
REI TiWare Pot 
59.5
5.7
161
161
1.3L lid + handle (I painted bottom black)
Spork/Knife
2.88
6
6
plastic cup/measuring cup
0.5
1.2
12
12
make own from 1/3 water bottle + styrofoam+ductape “handle” ~ 0.7oz
Biodegradable soap
2.88
28
28
4 oz generic (28g = 1/2oz in 1oz drip container) 
Hygiene
mini toothpaste tube
0
28
28
toothbrush
1
13
11
-2
Aquamira – water drops
36.8
50
50
 {2oz set=150} 1-1/2oz set = 50g (two 2 oz sets bought)
first aid kit
0
51
51
3.29 moleshin – 1.99- circle bandages – 1.00 knee support (33g)- 
Imodium – asprin – pepto – Clairatin
0
0
0
(included weight in first aid kit)
floss
0
7
7
toilet paper
0
33
33
(¼ roll)
handkerchief 
26
26
 Two halves (13 each half)
comb
5
Misc.
Notebook
3
151
151
(3 Books) (w/ interior made 'pocket' with permit and itinerary)
Trial Guide Section
0
71
71
(Campo to Warner Springs guide – Campo-Wrightwood Trail Mileage guide)
Wallet
0
23
23
$200- credit and debit card, drivers license in bag
pens
1
26
26
1 Gel pens (10g); 1 easy writer(9g); 1 sharpie(9.5g)
book
16.24
296
John Westley Powell – Down the Co. River in Grand Cyn
Kelty Triptease cord
14.95
39
39
100 ft (50ft = 39g) (taking 44 ft)
concentrated deet/ citronella oil
2.5
Mixed 100% deet and Eucalyptus Oil
Emergency Poncho
0.99
49
49
 
mesh bag organizers
1
13
4 bags (13g per bag)
repair kit
0
19
19
nylon thread – super glue – 2 mini, 3small, 2 large safety pins – 3 needles – 6 small rubber bands – 3 buttons – small floss roll.
super glue
1
5
0
3 tubes (5g per tube)
film canisters
0
5
0
5g white 7g black
MJ FLAG/ snack bag
0
16
16
GPS
114
171
171
GPS holder
10.99
33
33
Mini biners (4mm)
2.19
5
5
2 biners
Traveling Buddha
0
37
37
Goes on all my adventures with me... (bag = 4g)
TOTAL w/out Extras
6241
13.75 lbs
Camera
0
883
883
(weight includes battery and tripod clip)
Extra Batteries 
0
41
41
(silver one =42g) 4 batteries 22.88
Tripod
0
21.9
622
622
Trash bag
0
79
 
Neoprene Cover
0
107
107
23.87
Dry Bag
0
96
96
16GB CF Card
0
14
14
37.88
Graduated neutral filter
0
24
24
37.5
sweat band (for hat)
1.79
0
0
½ of it is used in the hat. (weight included in hats)
6 rubber bands
0
5
5
Cell Phone
0
96
96
(Razr)
4GB Mini MP3 Player
15.72
17
17
Headphones
4.99
13
15
Grocery Outlet (/w bag(2g)
Solar Charger (/w adapter)
7.87
38
38
Camera Gear Weight
1787
3.9lbs
Extras Weight Total
1958
 
TOTAL WEIGHT
8199
18.05 lbs