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
September 14 (~09:00 – ~19:35) Crabtree Ranger Station – Cottonwood Pass (16.8 mi / Total: 750.2 mi) (+0.9 bonus miles to Crabtree Ranger Station) Total PCT miles: 2604.9 Weather: Very cold in the morning. It warms up though. Just like the last couple of days it’s so cold in the morning I’m reluctant to get … Continue reading PCT Day 163 : The Home Stretch
September 13 (~01:45 – ~12:10) Crabtree Ranger Station – Mt Whitney – Crabtree Ranger Station (off-trail / +14.6 bonus miles) Total PCT miles: n/a Weather: Cold at night and at the summit! It gets very hot again at lower elevation. At 00:45 my alarm goes off, and I decide to go for it. I wear … Continue reading PCT Day 162 : Higher Than High, Summiting Mt Whitney
September 12 (~07:55 – ~18:50) After Bubbs Creek – PCT/JMT Junction (16.1 mi / Total: 767.0 mi) (+0.9 bonus miles to Crabtree Ranger Station) Total PCT miles: 2588.1 Weather: Cold in the morning. Warm during the day, but the wind remains chilly. I have a short day ahead of me to set me up for … Continue reading PCT Day 161 : I’m So High, I’m On Forrester!!