PCT Day 10: San Felipe Hills to 3rd Gate Water Cache

Keto & Ultralight Backpacking Gear & Technique

PCT Stats: Day 10

  • Daily Mileage: 10.84
  • Starting Mile Marker: 80.36
  • Ending Mile Marker: 91.20
  • Pack Weight: 26.10
  • Weather: Sunny and Extremely Windy, Wind Advisory for Southern California in Effect
  • Nights in Hammock: 7
  • Nights on Ground: 1
  • Nights in Hotel: 2
  • Health: Plantar fasciitis in right foot kicked in hard at 2:30, unable to go on… :(

From Hammock Holes to Water Caches

After great night rest in my hammock, I was relieved to not have any issues with the hole in my hammock growing or my anchor point slipping. I was about 60% positive that I would not end up on my ass in the middle the night due to my aggressive anchoring.

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More Foot Pain, Here We Go Again

After an aggressive mileage day, the day before, I continued putting miles and was probably a little more aggressive than I should’ve been which resulted in more heel pain in my right foot. I wasn’t taking up brakes to rest my foot and as a result about eleven miles in, I arrived at the 3rd Gate water cache and was unable to go on, I ended my day at 3 PM.

Since we had a high wind advisory for Southern California and we had been fighting high winds all day long I, decided it would be better to not attempt to hammock hang. Instead, I secured a location to go to ground and spent the night away from the wind.

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