It seems apropos that around the same time that I have become obsessed with the Pacific Crest Trail, Mountaineers Books has released their two volume Pacific Crest Trailside Reader. Separated into a California volume and an Oregon & Washington volume, the readers are anthologies of writings about the trail. The selections range from personal journals, to historical accounts and trail poetry.
I’ve started to firm up my plans for backpacking next year. I have a pair of loops that I want to do and I have the months picked out. The next thing is to start revisiting my gear. I’ve backpacked with a buddy before, but I want to be prepared to do these trips solo. That means that I will need a few necessities that I don’t already own. In addition to that, I have a couple more ‘luxury’ items that I would like to have.
I managed to do some great hikes this year. I also pushed my range and hiked farther and climbed more than I had before. I’ve started running so that I can be a stronger cyclist and hiker. On top of that, I’ve ditched my old hiking shoes and started using Fivefingers on the trail. Now I am ready to sit down and start thinking about the year to come.