Documenting my PCT journey, and staying in touch

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  1. Glad that you’re taking the SPOT! To give you an idea of battery life – I put new lithiums in the morning we left HI and kept it turned on “tracking mode” every day from ~8am to ~8pm and made it through the whole JMT without having to replace the batteries. Only works with lithium though, we tried to use Alkaline on a short trip since I’ve been back and it was dead within a matter of hours. Good luck with it!

    • Alice says:

      Good to know. I’ve got 3 fresh packs of lithium batteries for resupplies. Planning to change them out once a month, per my old man’s recommendation.

  2. Jene-Paul says:


    Situational awareness is your best preventive measure in terms of safety. Know your limits and address them in your solutions.

    You’ve so got this, Alice. The Canon & SPOT gizmos are not nearly as important as the Moleskine journal. Each day you assess & archive there will provide a process of resolution permitting you to see more clearly, bit by bit, on each successive day. The camera takes spotty shorthand by comparison and *SPOT* is all math – it doesn’t know what forest detritus smells like and it can’t see the palette of color streaming through the trees and splashing down canyons or distinguish bird calls from pikas whistling. Enjoy every step.

  3. Meg says:

    Keeping a journal does seem like a very important part of all this, I can only imagine though. We’re all thinking of you and will be cheering you on from afar, which might not help every lonely night, but maybe it will help on some of them. I just can’t get over how brave you are, while at the same time knowing that you are completely capable of this. I can’t wait to see who you have become and how you have grown when you reach the other side.

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