Pacific Crest Tales: Going Southbound

To go Southbound from Canada, we had to go a bit Northbound first. It is against United States law to enter the country from Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, and we’d be damned if we were going to hike up to the border and then turn around and backtrack to the first available exit … Read morePacific Crest Tales: Going Southbound

Saying Goodbye to the PCT

Dear Readers, When we last updated our trail journal, we were heading up to Canada to finish the second half of the trail Southbound. Since then, we have finished the state of Washington (minus a bunch of miles on account of the record wildfire season), a much-anticipated section of the trail for us. In retrospect, going Southbound was … Read moreSaying Goodbye to the PCT

Pacific Crest Tales: Muir Trail Ranch Resupply

For over 200 miles in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Pacific Crest Trail runs in unison with another scenic hiking trail: the John Muir Trail, or the JMT. 200+ miles of the best, most beautiful views in the Sierras. The John Muir Trail starts in the Yosemite Valley, one of the crown jewels of … Read morePacific Crest Tales: Muir Trail Ranch Resupply

Pacific Crest Tales: The Day We Almost Cheat

It was a day when I felt like I had hiked 10 miles, but I had only gone 5.5. We took an enormous break at 11 AM and continued the hike towards a fire station 7 miles away, the nearest source of water. This was the Station Fire section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Entire … Read morePacific Crest Tales: The Day We Almost Cheat

FLIP! Our Decision to Southbound the PCT

Hello from Seattle! Quite the surprise, I know- given that the last significant update we made about our whereabouts on the trail, we had just hit the midpoint in the general area of Nowheresville, Northern California. While we are still hiking the trail to the finish, the finish line for us has moved. Just like … Read moreFLIP! Our Decision to Southbound the PCT

Campfires on the Pacific Crest Trail

Heading out of Walker Pass, the last break before the base of the Sierras, we ascended to a ridge line walk, stopping only once to munch on some snacks. While eating we spotted a rattler slowly snaking across the path up ahead and Indiana, despite his eponymous fear of snakes, couldn’t resist the opportunity to … Read moreCampfires on the Pacific Crest Trail

Reflections on Hiking 1,000 Miles of the Pacific Crest Trail

We passed the 1,000 mile marker a few days ago. It was a milestone to trump all the others (4 digits!), and yet the marker itself was the smallest of them all so far. We’ve been out on the trail for over two months now and so much has happened since we hit our first milestone … Read moreReflections on Hiking 1,000 Miles of the Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Tales: Mile 100, or the Day Everyone Almost Quit

After our first zero day, spent in the small town of Julian, a large desert storm began to bear down on the trail. A thick, cold fog enveloped the town, which was some miles away from the trail and at a higher elevation than Scissors Crossing, a popular trail junction. We hitched out with a … Read morePacific Crest Tales: Mile 100, or the Day Everyone Almost Quit

Pacific Crest Tales: Higher Power Hitch

Early into our Pacific Crest Trail thru hike, just after mile 100 or so I started to notice an uncomfortable rubbing of the frame of my pack against my lower back. Since my thru hike was so full of uncomfortable sensations, pieces of gear rubbing against my body, pieces of my body rubbing against my … Read morePacific Crest Tales: Higher Power Hitch

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