Why? Because I choose to

Originally posted to The Trek at https://thetrek.co/pacific-crest-trail/why-choose-the-pct/ Why When I tell people I’m off to California for six months to hike from Mexico to Canada, I invariably get one of two responses.   Half the people come back with something like, “Wow, I wish I could do that.”   The others respond,  “Why would you do that?” I…

Counting my chickens, thru-hiker style – PCT2018!

After last year’s aborted attempt due to a broken foot, I’m trying again!   Once more my wife is being super supportive, and we’re getting things lined up for a 5-6 month absence.  There’s a ton of house chores to do, and a big project – chicken run, to complete.   Work is going to have to…

Rewind: Pemigewasset Memorial Day 2013

Gather round boys and girls, and hear the tale of my trip through the Pemigewasset Wilderness back in ’13. I wanted to try and get a hike in the Whites before the mobs came, so I drove up early the Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend.   By the time I got to the parking…

PCT1

Lake Morena.  Mile 20ish.  Here with about a dozen others, just 2 I know, Johnny Rocket and Butter.  Legs ok, feet sore.  More moleskin tomorrow.  Had a terrific day, with a nice 2 hour siesta, food and chat with a few others including  a guy from Holland. Saw: LIZARDS, horned toad, some cool blue starling…

Death by a thousand grams

In the final stages of trip planning and packing, I have a tendency to enter what I call the “kitchen sink” phase.  While I have no proof, I suspect others run into the same challenge.   At this phase your pack is packed, the weight dialed in on your spreadsheet, key decisions made about what…