April 1 (~07:30 – ~17:25) Agua Caliente Creek – tentsite after Chihuahua Rd (19 mi / Total: 131.5 mi) Weather: Hot again. The forest is friendlier in daylight. I pack up and quickly gain elevation into a landscape that reminds me of New Zealand, with a playful path and varied green bushes. It leads down … Continue reading PCT Day 8 : Something Old, Something New
March 31 (~19:20 – ~20:10) Warner Springs – Agua Caliente Creek (3.3 mi / Total: 112.5 mi) Weather: Hot during the day, overcast (and dark) when I begin to walk. Warner Springs! My first real resupply town. Speedy and I wake up in the forest right next to the tiny village and walk over to … Continue reading PCT Day 7 : A Nero At Warner Springs
March 30 (~07:30 – ~18:00) Tentsite before Third Gate – just before Warner Springs (21.5 mi / Total: 109.2 mi) Weather: Increasingly warm. I wake up in the most perfect tiny campsite, right next to the trail. It’s the best way to start the day: in nature, in solitude. I continue the path along the … Continue reading PCT Day 6 : Hitting Mile 100!
March 29 (~07:20 – ~18:15) Dirt Road & Water Tank / Rodrigues Rd – tentsite before Third Gate (19.5 mi / Total: 89.7 mi) Weather: Hot! I try to get up early, but when my alarm goes off at five, I can’t for the life of me remember why I’d want to get up when … Continue reading PCT Day 5 : It’s Beginning To Feel Like A Real Desert Now
March 28 (~8:00 – ~17:30) Junction to Garnet Peak – Dirt Road & Water Tank / Rodrigues Rd (18 mi / Total: 68.2 mi) Weather: Sunny but with an icy cold wind It’s 2:30 in the morning when suddenly my trekking pole and half my tent collapse on top of me. I’d finally fallen asleep … Continue reading PCT Day 4 : The Desert Is Windy
March 27 (~7:30 – ~19:15) Kitchen Creek – near junction to Garnet Peak (20.4 mi / Total: 50.2 mi) Weather: Warm. Both sunny and overcast. Crisp breeze. Very cold in the early morning and when waking up. As I pack up in the morning I make two observations: my tent is impossible to fold back … Continue reading PCT Day 3 : I’m Almost Starting To Like This MLD Pack