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Wildfire, blownout bridges, and beauty

Wildfire, blownout bridges, and beauty

Nearing the end of the journey, I can honestly say things have been getting more exciting. This part of the PCT dates back to the 1930s, the trail design resembles another trail built in the 1930s..the Applachain Trail. It’s a lot of up and down, but over some...
Huckleberry Hysteria

Huckleberry Hysteria

Greetings from Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, 2400 miles into the Pacific Crest Trail!   We’ve had great weather in Washington so far and the huckleberries have been abundant.  It is hard to hike as the trail is a path through waist-high huckleberry bushes,...
Mt Hood 55 mile challenge

Mt Hood 55 mile challenge

Right before Mt. Hood, 7 thru-hikers including myself completed a 55 mile day into Timberline Lodge. We all camped together, disposing (eating) unwanted food (you don’t want to carry extra weight in your pack) and prepping ourselves for the big day. Setting our...
The incredible, edible Oregon

The incredible, edible Oregon

The California lands around the CA-OR border were especially hot and rough, but it seemed like as soon as we passed the border, water became abundant again, snakes and bears disappeared, and everything became wonderful (Update: after completing Oregon, I can frankly...
Snakes, Bears, and Lava, oh my!

Snakes, Bears, and Lava, oh my!

Writing from Old Station, California, near Lassen National Park. Northern Cali is hot and dry like the desert again—but with more trees In the infamous Section O near Redding, California, we encountered the hardest part of the trail.  Heat, lack of views, abundant...
Not letting the quitting spot get to me

Not letting the quitting spot get to me

We slept the night a mile short of Muir Pass when an unthreatening sky turned into thunderstorms and snow at 2 am.  As we heard the pass above us get pummeled with lightening—the closest strike less than 1 mile away, we took down the pole supporting our tarp-tent...

Lost with Collywobbles

  When we got to Mather Pass, the trail was covered in snow and we followed a  thru-hiker named Colllywobbles up what appeared from the map to be “Mather Pass.”  We couldn’t believe there were no footprints and it was awfully steep and...
Glen Gnarly

Glen Gnarly

Our ascent over Forester was done in sunny weather, but soon the weather changed and we found ourselves about to cross Glen Pass (around 12,000 feet) in the evening with snow coming down on us.  Crossing Forester had drained me physically and taken an insane amount of...
Forester Pass

Forester Pass

When last I left you, storms were brewing over the Sierra. After 10 days of waiting out the weather, and being told the snow in the mountains would continue for two more weeks, we decided to stop waiting and hit the trail. The next day, wet feet from fording frozen...
Rocking the High Desert

Rocking the High Desert

  Hello all from the Eastern Sierra, 750 miles in!   The weather has turned horrendous right before we hit the highest point of the Sierra, so we decided to take 10 days off to visit the Eastern Sierra, where I spent 3 summers researching and doing a lot of...