April, 13th 2017
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Today I went out to do some gear testing and training for the upcoming PCT trek. As you all know or may not know, the 2017 winter on the west coast has been recording breaking. Snow levels currently at the Harts Pass (WA Northern Cascades) weather station is showing 130% as of April 2017.
Needless to say I will need to prepare accordingly. Many through hikers are reconsidering their start date but because I have had extensive snow travel and experience I will maintain my start date as of 6/15/17 (+/- 5 days). Previous heavy snow seasons had through hikers gearing up with heavier loads. Most through hikers pride themselves on going ultra lite. Unlike those hikers I have no problem with a heavier pack load. But I have a saying, “better to have it and not need it, than; need it and not have it”. If you are planning a “step for step” through hike of the PCT you better think twice on the correct gear to have if you need it. Once I hit lower elevations I will use a bounce box (mail box) to send my winter travel system south to either Tahoe or where ever the snowline begins in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
WINTER SNOW SYSTEM ALPHA
MSR 22 Evo Snowshoes – 3 lbs 7 oz. The Evo 22 snowshoes are perfect for new snowshoers and veterans alike, supplying lightweight, dependable traction and flotation on rolling terrain.
Leki Cristallo Trekking Poles – 1 lb 2 ozs. I could’ve gone lighter but I really liked the feel of these sticks. I think it was the grip that made me go with em. I like the different positions you can hold them as you walk. Hand sling or top pushing these poles are gonna work!
COLUMBIA Men’s Platinum 860 TurboDown Packing serious heat for the active winter adventurer, this progressive men’s jacket is outfitted with our performance-enhanced down—a combination of 60g Omni-Heat® synthetic insulation and 800-fill goose down means 860 TD of ultimate lightweight warmth and heat retention, even when wet.
Below is my Utube review of these products.
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