Quick paced 5 mile hike up to Iron Springs Trailhead. Nice workout on a very windy chilly day.
Finished passenger side of garage paneling and installed 1/2 plywood to mount water system equipment. Progressing a little slower than I would like but it’s all good.
Plenty of work on our van and a short walk later in the afternoon.
Great conversation with Karyl and got caught up on all about her trip out here to see me off.
Found out Willow will not be joining us on the PCT. Her business is being sold as of this coming Thursday and she is accepted into a spiritual retreat center in Utah. She acknowledged me for getting her to this point and thanked me.
Hiking through the Granite Dells here in Prescott this morning after a great omelette at Saint Michaels hotel downtown Prescott.
More work on the solar panels to be installed on the van. Got all the wiring organized to connect the panels together and to run down into the van to com to the charge controller.
Repackaged the new delivery of Hawk Vittles meals into vacuumed sealed bags. These were put 8nto the box going to Kennedy Meadows box and the Isabella box.
Nice chat with Brenda today a hiking buddy. Connecting with Karyl tomorrow.
Managed a swift 4 mile hike today out behind the house. More organizing resupply boxes and making notes on ETA and when to mail.
More work on the van insulation and solar panels.
Had a great evening of conversation with Kurt up at The Raven Cafe. Great food and beer.
Day organizing supply packages and setting up a dry run with the solar panels on the van roof to see what cables I might be missing. No hiking today.
Really nice conversation with Karyl. She seems to really miss me and really able express her feelings and emotions more so than in the past.
Well, I made to mile 274-ish and the lovely town of Hot Springs. As you can see from the photo, the AT runs right through town with an AT blaze right on the sidewalk. I'm fortunate to stay with my good friend John Watkins who sells native plants in Madison County. He knows more about trees and plants of this are than anybody I know.
There are so many things to write about but I only write when I am in town so I can never cover them all. But I was thinking that some folks haven't started yet and may still be looking for conditioning ideas and I wanted to share some ways to get fit before the trail and stay fit on. My approach is generally functional fitness for life. This is different than athletic competitiveness. Lots of athletes consider injury part of the deal. That's something different than fitness from my perspective. My prime objective is to be fit AND injury-free.
So first, check out Katy Bowman, the biomechanist. She can show how to move and also how to incorporate strengthening movements into daily life. No gym needed. FB: https://www.facebook.com/NutritiousMovement/
Next, there is a great 21-day program that you can get started with- Primal Blueprint. I am a certified coach with this program and I really learned a lot about the Paleo lifestyle that incorporates a high fat low carb diet with functional fitness. Again-no gym needed. https://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-primal-blueprint-21-day-challenge/
Best functional fitness youtube videos are MovNat. In our indoor furniture-bound world we have forgotten how to move in the ways our bodies were designed. https://www.youtube.com/user/MovNat
I'm a big fan of the squat! Put your full weighted pack on and see if you can do a full squat. That's going to do a lot to build trail legs and let you know how you handle your pack weight. Check one of the resources above for proper form for a squat to prevent injury.
Last but not least--cat holes are good for you! Fans of the Squatty Potty know what I am talking about. Squatting is the anatomically correct way to poop folks. Take advantage of this on the trail and say goodbye to the privy!
Well, I hope that gave you some ideas. I look forward to meeting more folks on the trail. Slosh signing off here.
One of the conflict areas where I worked was Liberia-a country largely modeled after the USA. Rural areas suffer from a lack of clean water. As hikers we know how much work it is to collect our liter bottles of water—but imagine that you have to provide water for all uses for your extended family, elders, littles, the disabled and all. This arduous task usually falls to the women of the family. So I am supporting this project in Liberia. I know the groups involved and have met them personally in Liberia. Please read about the project for its interest when you have time. Donating is appreciated but not required. None of the funds go to my hike. Only to help the project get on its feet with an ultimate goal of self-suffficiency. GoFundMe.com/cleanwaterforliberia
Day spent organizing pack and taking a practice hike. No issues with my body. I feel I am getting stronger. I ran into a young man Jackson that lives here in Prescott on Trail today. He too is hiking the PCT starting on May 17th. He was carrying his pack and seemed to be excited about his start.
I did a short fast hike and really pushed the climbs.
Further insulation work on the van after I bought a new bundle of insulation at Lowes. Kurt had a client meeting in the morning and I worked on the van. After lunch I help mKurt install a washer/dryer at a clients house. Lots of good connection time with my brother-in-law. Getting to know him and hopefully providing some others points of view to his world without being uncomfortable. I am pleased.
Too a break from hiking today. Starting to make plans to get off trail and get to Ashley and Fred’s house for her birthday in May.
Got some nice work on the van insulation. Decided to move forward with the next phase with the van. Using the product UltraTouch which is made from 80% post consumer blue jeans and no fiberglass. Yay! Also covering the jean insulation which is primarily for sound insulation and some thermal with Reflextix for thermal insulation.
Took the van to the shop for a fuel filter change that I am hoping fixes the fuel supply issue.
Went for a nice 4 mile hike in the evening up behind the house. Feeling good and getting lots of benefits from being here.