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Eagle Rock PCT California

Walk to ADZPCTKO (Annual Day Zero PCT Kick Off)

I skipped the ADZPCTKO PCT Kick Off party the year of my hike. I watched dozens and dozens of hikers get carted south from Warner Springs, but I chose to keep walking north.

But I certainly would not miss the opportunity to reunite with my fellow 2013 hikers at the 2014 Kick Off. I’ve heard from so many people that going the year after you hike is the most fun, because it’s like a big reunion, and you’ll know more people. I got in touch with a bunch of my 2013 PCT friends and found out that some of them would also be able to hike to Kick Off, and so it began – a reunion hike to Kick Off! This was a blast. My photos show what it’s like to southbound that section, and a little bit of trail culture, including hiker trash stuff, hitch hiking insanity, and some… continue reading

PCT Gear Review

I was really comfortable with my gear along the Pacific Crest Trail, so I thought I would share it with you, and explain why it worked. Please note beforehand that I purchased all these items with my own money after carefully researching them, and was not given anything for review. The following are my opinions.m

If you look at this photograph with me, I will talk about the items shown, left to right, one row at a time. Click a link to skip forward to that gear item. (more…)

The Wall of Snow

We started hearing horror stories about the snow on the trail while in Stehekin 9/28-9/29, but by the time we got to Mazama and Winthrop 9/30, the stories had whipped into a terrible tale of impassable “walls of snow,” irreconcilable avalanche and hypothermia dangers, etc. etc. There’s a great blog post that talks about the chaos on the PCT during this time and about the ill-fated group that headed north one day ahead of us (October 2).

I decided to ignore the stories and see for myself. By then I’d learned that fear-mongering was really shit-thick on the trail, and that it did me no good.

I formed a team of four for safety (including a South African who had never seen snow before), and waited for the weather reports to look just so, and went for it…

Our preparations

An extra day or two of food,… continue reading

Why I am walking the PCT

To start off, I’ll say: No, I have not read ‘Wild.’

I have not read the book that might be stoking a surge of new thru-hike attempts this year. (It’s on my library hold queue, though!) I hadn’t really heard of it until my friend Elly Blue asked, “Have you read Wild?” I sounded a bit stupid saying no. She made it seem like I might be the only one who hasn’t. I might be.

I’m not sure I’ll need to read it, though, to find out what it’s about.

I travel a lot. I go on trips because of an overwhelming urge to get away from the usual grind. It’s the way I’m wired. Since I was a kid, I’ve always been on the move. A drastic move at age 5 from New Hampshire to… continue reading

PCT Advice from a 2010 Thru-hiker

I want to share the wonderful advice I got from Thump Thump in 2012 while planning my PCT hike. I met her while bikepacking at Crater Lake. It helped me so much, and it could help you, too!

Hi! It’s awesome that you’re thinking about doing the PCT. I was pretty unconventional, so please take my advice with a few grains of salt.

A lot of the PCT forums were really overwhelming about gear. A lot of really opinionated people, some with experience to back it, ramming stuff down other people’s throats. It really turned me off. I ended up using backcountry.com for a lot of my gear, because I love them and I’m loyal. It might have been better go with all REI so it would have been easier to return things that just weren’t working out for me so well, but that’s reliant on FINDING an REI… continue reading

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