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  • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
    No kidding. This is getting pretty silly. Do we really need five different potato threads?

    SB, I wanted to ask you a question about the PCT hike. Most of the internet accounts of hiking it I have read have been from the POV of starving students subsisting on ramen. But, if one had the financial means, could it be a much more comfortable trek?

    How much of the trail is long stretches out of civilization and how much of it goes through towns? I'm thinking I don't mind hoofing it and sleeping out on the ground for several nights at a stretch but then a night to rest up on clean sheets, get a shower and a good meal, and even rest a few nights if there were any injuries/illnesses that needed tending to would be nice.

    If one could just "flip out the plastic" and not have to worry about the cost (also if one didn't have a deadline to get back to work) do you think this "comfy camping" version of the PCT could work?

    Next question, would you like to come with me?
    Well, hotel comfort depends on the section. The Southern California section goes about 3 days between small towns on average, with a couple of 2-day and 4-day stretches. There's even a 1 day stretch in there. Your options for comfort range from crappy little motels that you kinda wonder if they clean the sheets each time to a Best Western to a tent in someone's yard that comes with a shower and liberal alcohol. Sadly the Warner Springs resort isn't open anymore.

    Beyond So Cal the towns start to get further apart. There's a segment in Nor Cal where you get to stay with people in their homes and be fed nearly every other day for a couple weeks. My mom is one of them. She loves meeting hikers.

    Oregon and Washington have fewer towns along the way. About every 4 days or so there's some kind of place to stay but sometimes you are lucky to get a shower and laundry and sleep in your tent somewhere.

    Here's a list of pct resupply points. Not sure how much sense it'll make but you can see the possible towns along the way.
    pacific crest trail, resupply, points

    I would totally hike again, but now that I have a decent job, I don't want to leave it for a lengthy trek. I was thinking of going with my friend Shroomer (a culinary mushroom expert) to Glacier National park next summer. He said that was the prettiest section of the Continental Divide. He wants to go back to see it again a little slower with a hiking friend from Japan. That would be all wilderness.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • I was going to report on my mug cake muffin experiment I tested for breakfast this morning:

      1 small garnet yam (about 2/3 the size of a banana) nuked in the microwave
      1 spoonful of almond butter
      pumpkin pie spices (I just eyeballed allspice, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla)
      1 egg
      1/2 banana

      At first I thought I could do this without the banana, but the resulting mixture wasn't voluminous enough and it seemed too dry. So I added half a banana for moisture and volume.

      Mashed all together, poured into a coffee mug (came to about 2/3 full) and microwaved for 2 minutes. Tasty, cakey or bread-like. Would be good with whipped cream as a dessert but by itself it was more like pumpkin bread.
      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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      • Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
        Well, hotel comfort depends on the section. The Southern California section goes about 3 days between small towns on average, with a couple of 2-day and 4-day stretches. There's even a 1 day stretch in there. Your options for comfort range from crappy little motels that you kinda wonder if they clean the sheets each time to a Best Western to a tent in someone's yard that comes with a shower and liberal alcohol. Sadly the Warner Springs resort isn't open anymore.

        Beyond So Cal the towns start to get further apart. There's a segment in Nor Cal where you get to stay with people in their homes and be fed nearly every other day for a couple weeks. My mom is one of them. She loves meeting hikers.

        Oregon and Washington have fewer towns along the way. About every 4 days or so there's some kind of place to stay but sometimes you are lucky to get a shower and laundry and sleep in your tent somewhere.

        Here's a list of pct resupply points. Not sure how much sense it'll make but you can see the possible towns along the way.
        pacific crest trail, resupply, points

        I would totally hike again, but now that I have a decent job, I don't want to leave it for a lengthy trek. I was thinking of going with my friend Shroomer (a culinary mushroom expert) to Glacier National park next summer. He said that was the prettiest section of the Continental Divide. He wants to go back to see it again a little slower with a hiking friend from Japan. That would be all wilderness.
        Thanks for the link. I'll check that out.
        So, at a middle aged lady moseying speed, how long do you think the whole trek would take border to border?

        Glacier is gorgeous. I highly recommend it.

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        • Everybody thinks they are going to be slow hiking the PCT. But you won't be slow. After about 3 weeks you will be hiking 20 miles a day. And it will be easy for you. Most people can get border to border in about 5.5 months. I thought that was too far for me and too long to be out there so I went for 3 months and did it two years in a row.

          Here's something you could attend next spring whether or not you are hiking the trail. It's really a lot of fun. The long distance hiking community is a wonderful bunch of crazy people.
          ADZPCTKO Home
          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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          • Looks like Chacotaco dropped by to blast everybody on his pro-carb/anti-primal blueprint carb curve agenda. I'm starting to find the forums here less and less interesting.

            I did my lifts today despite being sore from my lifts on Friday and from a nice hike yesterday. Oddly, once I started lifting, all the soreness went away and I felt really strong and everything went well. I'm up to squatting 95lbs, deadlifting 110lbs and pressing 45. I plan to go higher next time.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • Hopefully going backpacking this weekend. I'm making pemmican right now. Probably the best backpacking food I've ever had is melted pemmican in a pot of reconstituted, hot sweet potatoes. I've got all kinds of great dehydrated food to bring on this trip. I made it several months ago after I got home from my trip in July. It all still looks good.
              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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              • My pemmican turned out really good this time. I salted the meat. Perhaps that's the secret. For half a dozen of the pemmican pucks, I added dried cherries. I didn't quite have enough tallow so all of it came out a little dry.

                Yesterday I had a pretty bad workout in the gym. The only lift that I progressed well on was the deadlift. I lifted 115lbs. On the squat I moved up to 100lbs but couldn't finish my reps. I felt dizzy on the last one. My bench I went for 65lbs like last time but couldn't get past 3 reps so I lowered the weight to 60lbs. I felt off. On my way to the gym I was walking in the dark and heard voices so I turned to look behind me and was suddenly overwhelmed with the urge to vomit. I had the salivating response and everything. I recovered after a couple minutes and felt good after I got out of the gym. I went home from work early and took an hour nap. I went to bed fairly early and slept like a log. Today I feel very sore. I just feel like I sorta crashed yesterday. Perhaps it is the stress of this new physical activity. Perhaps the "finishers" I did the last two times were just too stressful. Perhaps the stress of trying to get up so early to get there. I don't know. I hate it that I can't do as much as I feel I should be able to do.
                Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                • Honestly, I think trying to do squats and deadlifts in the same session is maybe counterproductive. I don't like doing both on the same day because they are both very demanding and tend to fatigue the legs quite a bit. I'm not surprised that you felt dizzy. You might do better picking one or the other. I'm not sure what the SS program says about it, but it seems like a lot to ask of yourself in a single workout.
                  “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                  • Originally posted by Owly View Post
                    Honestly, I think trying to do squats and deadlifts in the same session is maybe counterproductive. I don't like doing both on the same day because they are both very demanding and tend to fatigue the legs quite a bit. I'm not surprised that you felt dizzy. You might do better picking one or the other. I'm not sure what the SS program says about it, but it seems like a lot to ask of yourself in a single workout.
                    I agree, although I'm about to go to the gym for a squat/deadlift combo so I can put all the turkey I'm eating today to good use.

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                    • Heh, yeah, we hit the gym after dinner on Thanksgiving Sunday for similar reasons (ours was a few weeks ago). Had to do something with all those potatoes!
                      “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                      • So my backpack trip was excellent. We had the best weather you could possibly ask for. Warm, clear sunny days and cool nights but not too cold. Really nice people to hike and camp with, too. We had a campfire both nights and drank hot toddies (I had a taste and it was delicious) and beer that we dug up out of the ground after someone told us where they hid it. Three of us saw a mountain lion and heard it scream. I heard the scream but only saw something move that I couldn't identify. We followed its tracks for a while. Lots of bear tracks and scat, too, but we didn't see any bears.

                        After my trip last July watching the other hikers eat all this great dehydrated food, I made up a bunch of dehydrated food and brought it on this trip. It tasted great. I would fill up a plastic peanut butter jar with a mixture of dehydrated veggies (beets and greens, corn, carrots, sweet potatoes, celery root, rutabaga, sometimes dehydrated chicken) and fill it with water and let it soak for about 4 hours until meal time. Then I would melt some beef or coconut pemmican (beef + tallow or coconut + tallow) into the soaked veggies for a hearty stew. It tasted great and I was always super full. It didn't always fully digest, however. I felt really strong on this trip eating so well.

                        Next time I won't put so much in the jar each meal though. And I think I'll use olive oil instead of pemmican so I can eat a cold lunch but keep using the melted pemmican for dinner. The veggies probably could have been cut in half and still would have soaked up the whole jar of water. It might have digested better to be fully reconstituted. Plus I felt like I was forcing myself to eat way more than I wanted to eat.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • I turned off javascript on my browser and this website works way better that way. It's much faster.

                          I measured my waist today and it's still 29". Eating more plus lifting weights has not hurt my size one single bit. If anything I look a little better because I can see more definition, at least on my belly and my thighs.

                          Last night I felt some crusty stuff on my scalp so I tried to see what it was. It seemed like it would come off so I scraped a comb against my scalp. A large lock of hair fell right out with the crusty stuff. Maybe I will be the first person on a high carb version of primal to have their hair fall out.
                          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                          • Hmmm, I'd keep an eye on that. You can get that kind of hair loss from fungal infections.
                            “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                            • Thank you for that info! I bet that is what it is. The hair just broke right off and left a red and slightly sore spot. I wonder how on earth I got something like that. It's not like we have a cat or dog or anything.
                              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                              • It's possible you picked it up out in the woods or even at the gym. All it would take would be contact with a contaminated surface or dirt, then maybe rubbing or scratching your scalp. Good news is, it's probably quite easily treated.
                                “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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