In no particular order:
Trim your toenails.
Download, study and learn how to correctly read Half-Mile’s PCT maps. The resource provides essential details of the trail including coordinates, known camp sites, water sources and elevations. A critical tool for anyone hiking the PCT.
A cinch sack makes a good “pillow” cover – but only if you put some clothing over it. The sack was slippery and kept slipping against the sleeping bag. A sweatshirt was a perfect solution.
CLOSE all caps tightly.
The tent has color coded tags that match up with the foot-print tarp. REI should have told us.
Patti’s convertible pants have color-coded zippers, too! And front pockets! It took two days to realize this.
Cross the road and stay on the trail. We keep finding roads and wanting to go down them. It gets us lost every time.
Even freeze-dried coffee with powdered non-diary creamer tastes delicious out on the trail, we don’t care what Starbucks says.
Bags of dehydrated vegetables and crackers make lousy trail food.
But tuna makes for an unexpectedly excellent lunch. Tuna can be picked up in packets now. Mayo and relish can be picked up at a number of fast food places also in packets that don’t require refrigeration. Mixed together, you have a meal as close to fresh as we can think to make. Excepting maybe fresh fish. Maybe when we get further north we will try to fish.
If you wash your favorite hat between hikes, check the size before you go back on the trail. On the trail is not a good time to find out your hat shrunk.
Sage makes good deodorant.
Quality Ziploc is a good investment.
We hate hills, rocks and gnats.