Tag: backpacking

Thruhiking the Arizona Trail: Flagstaff to Utah

From Flagstaff in the snow around Mount Humphrey’s to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and, at last, reaching the northern terminus, this final section in Arizona had a little bit of everything. Here’s our trail recap of the final 250 miles of the… Continue Reading “Thruhiking the Arizona Trail: Flagstaff to Utah”

Exploring Colorful Colorado: Chama to Salida on the CDT

After four days off in Chama, Katie’s blistered feet were finally feeling good enough to walk. We were thrilled to begin our hike in Colorado. Trail Angel Ralph was nice enough to give us a ride to the trail, and we were on our… Continue Reading “Exploring Colorful Colorado: Chama to Salida on the CDT”

Gear Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 For our PCT thru-hike, we decided to go with the very popular Big Agnes (BA) Copper Spur UL2, and we were oh so happy with this decision. We both loved this tent and would highly recommend. (Don’t worry,… Continue Reading “Gear Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2”

The Colorado Trail: 75 Miles from Silverton to Durango

Day 33 – 10.3 Miles We pulled ourselves out of Silverton just after noon with enough supplies for our final 75 miles of the Colorado Trail. We walked through a light rain for a couple hours and stopped after about ten miles of hiking… Continue Reading “The Colorado Trail: 75 Miles from Silverton to Durango”

Colorado Trail: 97 Miles from Copper Mountain to Buena Vista

Week 2 on the Colorado trail brought us from Copper Mountain to Buena Vista over 97 miles. This trail continues to amaze me despite its challenges. So in love with the Colorado Trail!! Day 9 – 0 Miles We were hoping after our day… Continue Reading “Colorado Trail: 97 Miles from Copper Mountain to Buena Vista”

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Windrider Ultralight Pack

This past summer, I used Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s 2400 Windrider Ultralight Pack¬†which I totally and completely fell in love with (currently marked down $50 by the way…). If you are looking for an ultralight backpacking setup, look no further than Hyperlite Mountain Gear (HMG).… Continue Reading “Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Windrider Ultralight Pack”

Journey Over Destination

Through a series of four hitches, we made our way back to Onion Valley Campground and set out for Kearsarge Pass. I resented having to climb the extra 2500 ft over 6 miles but ultimately had no choice. Once at the top enjoying the… Continue Reading “Journey Over Destination”

Into the High Sierra at Last

Our arrival at Kennedy Meadows meant the desert was finally behind us leaving 450 miles through King’s Canyon, Sequoia, and Yosemite National Parks, around Lake Tahoe, and finally to Truckee to complete the entire Pacific Crest Trail. I felt a mix of emotions crossing… Continue Reading “Into the High Sierra at Last”

Done with the Desert

After traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles via plane, Los Angeles to Bakersfield via rental car, and, finally, Bakersfield to Tehachapi via bus, the last leg of the trip brought us from Tehachapi to the PCT trail crossing at Highway 58 ¬†with a lift… Continue Reading “Done with the Desert”

Wowed by Washington

I walked on taking in the surrounding landscape, appreciating the shade from the tall trees I knew weren’t going to exist in the desert section that awaited me. I sang praises for the incredible weather we had been blessed with for the entire 500 mile stretch in Washington, something I knew we wouldn’t have experienced in a straight northbound hike. I reminisced on our virtually private tour of the PCT as we were consistently ahead of the hiker “bubble.” I remembered how short the section of snow was outside of Truckee. And though we still had nearly 600 miles ahead when we finally reached the border, I couldn’t help but smile and give thanks for this incredible journey.

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