It’s late April 2020. I was either supposed to start the Continental Divide Trail early May, or be knee deep in my prep for a long traverse through Norway. Instead, I’ve found myself awkwardly living in an AirBnb while the owner is stuck in Australia, with no imminent hikes in sight. I’m growing a little … Continue reading My PCT Gear & All the Swaps Along the Way
So far I’ve mostly devoted this space to telling my hiking stories, but sometimes I get questions about life beyond hiking – and I have to admit some of this could actually be quite interesting as a resource to other hikers, or aspiring hikers! Questions such as, how do I finance these trips and what … Continue reading Life Of A Thru-Hiker (When Not Thru-Hiking)
Permit season is over! And what’s next besides getting all the gear sorted? Insurance, plane tickets, your resupply strategy and oh yeah, for all of us overseas hikers that little piece of paper that allows you into the country. I figured I’d add a practical post to this blog roll – how to get the … Continue reading Getting The B-2 Visa To Hike The Pacific Crest Trail
Imagine hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Imagine the distant desert views, the granite Sierra trails, blue alpine lakes and layers upon layers of mountains, the green tunnels of Oregon and the lush, rugged mountain ranges of Washington. Now imagine a 202% above average snow year and a late March start date, and envision ploughing through … Continue reading Everything That Went Wrong On The Pacific Crest Trail In 2019
September 16 (~08:10 – ~19:50) After Gomez Meadow – Kennedy Meadows (25.7 mi / Total: 702.2 mi) Total PCT miles: 2653.1 Weather: Mostly overcast and chilly. It’s day 165. It’s a little less cold this morning but the wind is crazy, and I start the day wearing most of my layers. I move into the … Continue reading PCT Day 165 : Back In The Desert And I’m FINISHED!!
September 15 (~08:00 – ~18:20) Cottonwood Pass – after Gomez Meadow (22.3 mi / Total: 727.9 mi) Total PCT miles: 2627.2 Weather: Cold morning. Overcast during the day, sunny, with some wind. Good hiking temperature. Some strange grey clouds in the afternoon that disappear with the wind. Colder again at night. It’s cold again, and … Continue reading PCT Day 164 : Walk Walk Walk