It’s been a while
June 20, 2014
Sorry for the lack of updates. The tree coverage has put a damper on my ability to sap juice from the sun with my Suntactics sCharger-5 solar panel.
The constant moving between sun and shade causes the phone to cycle from charging to not charging which wakes up the phones screen and drains the battery. At most I might get 20 minutes of direct sunlight as I walk which is enough to do nothing to the charge on the phone. I added a battery to my gear to try and combat this but the battery packs I have on hand are ultra high capacity Limefuel batteries and not ideal do to weight. They also don’t seem to play nicely with the solar panel.
I ordered a new 6.7oz battery that will hopefully do the trick, I’m currently waiting at Drakesbad guest ranch for it to be delivered which should happen sometime today. The new pack is a Poweradd pilot X2 7800 mAh battery.
Also arriving is some Aquamira drops. I’ve gone the last 600 miles without filtering water but the water up north has been pretty spotty so I figure I should be safe.
In the last two weeks I’ve climbed somewhere around 50,000 feet and the last week I’ve seen NO snow! So very glad to be done with snow!! I’ve been doing consistent 25 mile days trying to take it a little easier, it’s been nice. I’ve hiked with Easy Strider and Ada (section hiker). Easy likes to build massive campfires so I’ve been enjoying a lot of warmth and late night (9pm is late for a hiker) comradery. The views have been great but nothing like the high Sierra’s.
The other day I passed the PCT midpoint monument. I’m halfway there on day 69. They say you can shave two weeks off the second half, let’s hope that’s true because I’m cutting it close with my mid August finish deadline.
My diet seems to be working better than other thru hikers I’ve seen. People are losing a lot more weight than I have been. Most cook dehydrated meals while I’ve gone a no-cooking route eating mostly inexpensive junk food. The junk food is rich in calories for size and weight but lacking vitamins. To counter the vitamin issues I take time in most towns to eat things like fruits and big hearty meals. I’m never more than 4-5 days between towns at most and don’t feel like the lack of nutrients is effecting me in any way. Some hikers like Easy Strider have lost a tremendous amount if weight. He’s 5’9 and around 125 lbs… That’s pretty crazy. I’ve been hovering steadily at around 14 lbs lost. While most of my muscle is slowly deteriorating my calves are absolutely massive. A day hiker mentioned my trail name should be calves.
Hopefully my battery situation improves and I can continue updates. Till then enjoy these pictures of miles 1100-1350:
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