For inspiration, a PCT2017 photo montage

Unemployed and taking a break from pre-hike chores, I started digging through my pictures from last year.   To psych myself up, I’ve put together a kind of highlight reel.   Photo montages with soundtracks are supposedly so last century, but then again, I’m kind of last century. Without further ado.  Featured hikers: Cosmo, Prickle, Larry, Redshift, Utah…

PCT2017 Mileage Math

Second in the series of meta-posts, here’s some math around how much hiking I did.   Note that I’ve skipped the days spent in Idyllwild pulling thorn things out of my feet as zeroes, these are just the hiking days. The Google sheets link is here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1857J9ph3sQwHohd007660zX4mojnkgmKeEhUMPo_3Uo/edit?usp=sharing TL;DR – Average miles/day just under 20, peak…

Gear List & Review

I’ve had a bunch of people ask me about gear, so I thought I’d share what I used on the PCT2017 trip.   Outside of a few trinkets, my famous tampon-case first-aid kit, and 1 Patagonia shirt, nothing has survived from my AT1999 trip. Pack – Osprey Exos 58.   Verdict: Loved it.   A…

PCT2017: Coda

Well, the foot doctor told me 8-12 weeks before I can really do anything remotely like hiking, so, borrowing a term from baseball, I’m “shut down” for the rest of the season.  This will probably be my last “PCT2017” tagged post, so for all of you who’ve followed me, there won’t be much more interesting…

PCT+9 = Homeward Bound

Not a bad way to spend 40 days. I suppose.  Final tally, 19 days of hiking, 369 miles. 21 days of travel, broken bones, thorns, mammoths and boardwalk ice cream cones.  Decent, although I can’t quite decide if going slower would have helped the feet.  I think not.  And, then I would have missed many…