As the calendar turned to 2017 the buzz for this season’s upcoming thru-hike began. A few e-mails have filtered in to me asking for advice and for general affirmation of thru-hike encouragement. For those of you who are sitting at home reading blog after blog, trying to decide if a hike is right for you, if… Read More Life After the Trail
Another season of the PCT is upon us and over the past few months I have received a few emails with questions about my preparation and experiences. So I’ll share a few things that I have learned during my trek, in order to, assist those who have not yet departed or who are working toward… Read More Things Learned in 2015…
The John Muir Trail shares about 170 miles of the PCT through the High Sierras, which are some of the most stunning landscapes I have ever seen. At this point I was used to passing maybe one or two NOBOs in a day, a few day hikers here or there and would usually arrive, at night, to an… Read More JMT Slog
Hitchhiking. The word in itself used to terrify me. I would wonder why anyone would get into a car with a stranger, let alone give a ride to a rough and mangled person. We all know, Stranger Danger and we all know there is no free candy in that van…. unless, of course, that cardboard… Read More Hitchhiking
Early morning smoke settling in the valley from the Rough Fire. Low visibility from the smoke even above 10,000ft. Ridges not visible in smoke.
Muir Pass – clear morning. Thousand Lakes – smoke from the Rough Fire Valley approach to Glenn Pass. Fire Sky morning, just after the Pass.
Hiking and Blogging has turned out to be harder than I thought. From the start, I thought that when I ended my day of hiking I would simply roll into camp, cozy into my tent and effortlessly scribe the day’s events just so easily on my smart phone as it was to walk 20+ miles…… Read More Hiking and Blogging…
Cascade Locks, the trail stop before or after the legendary Bridge of the Gods, is a hiker’s paradise. Holding numerous trailheads and the famous Eagle Creek trail alternative to Tunnel Falls, makes this section of the PCT a regular hiker highway. It’s great for resupplying, a full grocery store and post office, plus being so… Read More Cascade Locks
NOBOs met along the trail between Cascades Locks and Timberline Lodge talked of nothing more than the buffet at the historic lodge, no trail condition, not the next water nor animals they encountered, just the food. Being only .1 miles off the trail I decided to stop a see what all the excitement was about…… Read More Timberline Legend
The day after I overcame water shortages, rain marches and shoe melting I was about 3 miles West of the PCT, hiking down to Holman Pass. It was about 7am and I was groggy and a little crabby from the discomfort my melted left shoe was providing. Trudging down a few switch backs the slope… Read More Animals live in the woods? Oh no.