|almost done, I swear it was tougher than it|
While hiking I got to spend some good quality time with my fancy rain gear. I'm sure in certain conditions it's great but as past experiences have taught me it was pretty useless keeping me dry. With the high wind and hill climbing I was sweating away and was saturated within an hour on my exposed side and by the end of the day I'm pretty sure the upper portion of my left thigh was my only dry spot. Old lessons were reinforced. Fancy rain gear is a whole mess of money and not a whole lot different than the cheap stuff. Which still leaves me with the choice of what am I going to take? There is no way that I will forgo raingear for washington but what about the rest of the trail?Lots of folks consider socal all desert, but they have to remember that the weather can get pretty nasty down there, snow and ice storms seem to hit PCT hikers in socal almost every year. I'm not a fan of hypothermia and know if it gets really bad I can hunker down in my tent but I'm not willing to completely leave out rain gear even in socal. The thing is rain gear loses its waterproofness the more you use it, and I can't see rewaterproofing gear on the trail. Staying dry seems to be impossible but sleeping warm is something I can work on. So as of right now my fancy rain jacket will be nice, happy and dry sitting in my closet at home ready to be mailed to me if I so desire closer to Washington. Until then some simple frogg toggs for emergency use will be sitting in my pack.
Right after I came to these lovely conclusions I stumbled on Guthooks recent blog post (past thruhiker of the PCT and AT) on just this debate, definitely worth checking out.
On an unrelated note I have been bogged down by work related things recently and have done basically nothing for the PCT. As of today all of my certifications are current and back to PCT planning and stressing it is!