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Phase Three: Getting to Tahoe

This week I embark on a journey that I have been planning for quite sometime now. I leave on monday for the Sierra Nevada Mountains to fish with my family for a few days. Then Thursday my parents drop me off on the Sonora Pass and my dog and I will begin the hundred or so mile long trek to Tahoe, CA!

Preparation has included much gear purchasing and permit buying. It has also included many long tough workouts on both of our parts. In order to make it to Tahoe when I want to we need to cover thirteen to twenty miles per day. This speed will put us at the end of the trail no earlier than five days and no more than eight.

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After this last weekend i feel very prepared. All my gear, including first aid accessories and maps, have come into place and that makes me feel more at ease about the times ahead.

I leave in three hours for the Sierra Nevadas and am all packed and ready to go. I think I need more food, but I dont think anymore will fit in my pack haha! We shall see. . .

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Wish us luck in the coming weeks! They will be most likely weather free, cloudless summer Sierra days and im sure everything will go according to plan. I will also try my best to live blog of some sort as much as possible 🙂

Thanks again for reading!

Kyle Simmons

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Preparing for the PCT

Hello All,

The last month I have been preparing to move from Flagstaff, AZ to Tahoe, CA. A few things have to happen over the course of the next few weeks, and I am excited for the road ahead.

Most of what I have been doing is selling all my stuff! I have to narrow my possessions down to a hiking backpack and a small package which I will mail ahead to myself in Tahoe. My dog and I will be on the Pacific Crest Trail for nine or ten days over the length of about a hundred miles.

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These are some images of gear I bought and a couple of recent long runs we have gone on. Our training has consisted of faster paced sorter mileage runs up until recently, but over the last couple weeks we have gone on a few longer thirteen to seventeen mile practice treks with close to full pack weight in a backpack. They take a littler longer, but they are so fun and beautiful!

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Some of the places we have had the privilege of running in are amazing! However, I am very excited for the scenery that we will experience out on the trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Some of the dangers we could face are bears and other animals, but since there are two of us instead of just me, I think we can remain safe. I also bought a water pump/filter, but I still worry a tad about water quality. High Sierra storms scare me the most. The last thing I want is to be suck in a lightning storm at ten thousand feet haha! But I figure if I see something moving in we will set up the tent at the lowest elevation possible and wait it out in there.

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All in all I believe we are ready for the journey. Hopefully over time the journey will turn into an adventure. 🙂

I will try my best to live blog everything, although I am not completely sure how phone service will be on the trail.

I will also post pics of the planning, preparing, and initiating phases of the trip as it occurs 🙂

Stay tuned,
Kyle Simmons

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A Long Run

The other day my dog and i went on a seventeen mile run to a place called Fisher Point. Fisher Point is out on the Arizona trail which runs through many beautiful canyons and valleys all the way through Arizona.

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When you teach the bottom you have ran about eight miles. There is a lot to explore at the bottom like a cave and a nice canyon, but our goal was to get to the top so we shortly picked up again. Two more miles to the top…

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Once you hit the top the view is amazing. It feels like you can see all of Arizona from there! We hung out for a bit for a snack and some water and then it wad time to run again.

When you leave the point it is another six our seven miles home. When we finally made it we were both so tired! I ate a burger and Nalah and i crashed out for the night 🙂

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Thanks for reading about our run. Tune in soon for more adventures!

Kyle Simmons

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Sunny Summer Days

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Went climbing at Buffalo Park today and the weather was gorgeous! I got new shoes so i wanted to give them a go.

I don’t think i could have picked a better day than today.it sure is getting hot though : /

More pics to come…

Thanks for stopping by,
Kyle Simmons

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