Tag: thru-hike

How Our PCT Food Resupply Strategy Actually Panned Out

It’s crazy  to think that 10 months ago I was writing out our Food Resupply Strategy for our Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. For those of you planning a thru-hike of your own, I wanted to write a little article about how our food strategy…

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.

Striding from Sisters to Snoqualmie

It was late morning when we returned to the trail in the heart of Deschutes National Forest. The excitement of completing half of the Pacific Crest Trail had worn off and the uncertainty of the second half weighed on me. Were Sean’s shin splints…

“How Is It Out There?” – The Emotional Roller Coaster of the PCT

Here’s our story from over 200 miles of Southern to Central Oregon on the Pacific Crest Trail. We’ve noticed recently that people keep asking us “How is it out there?” How is it out there? Chuckle. Read on… It was the 4th of July…

From Sand to Snow – Doing the Sierra Shuffle on the PCT

Our decision was becoming apparent – we wanted out of the bubble and we didn’t want to pass through the Sierra covered in snow. Skipping the Sierra now would give us solitude on the trail, better weather in Washington, and considerably less sketchy high passes and water crossings in the Sierra…

I Should’ve Written a Blog Today

I should’ve written a blog today as I typically do on my days off from hiking, but words seemed to have (mostly) escaped me. I should’ve written a blog today, but there was no drama or injury, no internal struggles, setbacks, or “exciting news”…

Life on the PCT: Cowboy Camping, Dealing with Fire Closures, and Our First Zero Day

Hello from Big Bear, CA on my first “zero” day since we started the trail May 6. In just 12 days, we have traveled 250 trail miles and have fallen totally and completely in love with the Pacific Crest Trail. As if the first…

The First 100 Miles of the Pacific Crest Trail

It’s all coming back, it’s all coming back to me now… The pack weight, the soreness, the “hiker hobble,” the hunger, the smell, the complete exhaustion, the spam wraps and tuna tacos (topped with CheezIts, of course) and the complete and total joy of…

A Unique Pre-Trail Experience in Coachella Valley

Well, today is the big day. We’ll take our first of a million steps down the Pacific Crest Trail beginning right at the US / Mexico border. All the logistics are done, the bags are packed, and we’re as ready as we’re going to…

Food Resupply Strategy for Our PCT Thru-Hike

Of top interest to hikers (and those living vicariously through us) is how in the world we keep ourselves fed throughout the 2660 mile Pacific Crest Trail. There are many, many ways to create a solid resupply strategy, but Sean and I have decided…

Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike Gear: Choosing Our Big Three

Well, we’re still about 2 months away from taking our first steps on the Pacific Crest Trail. But, rest assured, almost all of our gear has been selected and purchased. We are very, very excited to be hiking the PCT in ultralight (UL) fashion….

Why I’m Thru-Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail

Just over a year ago, I sat down with all of my nerves, anxiety, and excitement and scribbled out my reasons for setting out on my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. (You can check out that post here on Appalachian Trials if you’d like)….

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