PCT150 – 2572 – Snoq to Stehekin

I’ve been trying to decide of there’s an appropriate metaphor for hiking the PCT. Maybe a baseball game? Announcer Joe: A haggard-looking Smokebeard takes the mound for the top of the ninth inning. After all this work, his clothes are falling off his frame, and boy, look at that five o’clock shadow! You have to…

PCT69 – 1021 – Kennedy Meadows North

Escape from Mammoth I am trying something new, a little bit of blog every night before bed. I feel like it works better, but might simply be more wordy. Comments welcome. This is also a pretty long post, since Mammoth to South Lake lake Tahoe is around 190 miles. Faceplant gave me a ride out…

PCT61 – 904 – Mammoth

The Bishop to Mammoth Lakes stretch is challenging for a whole host of reasons. Firstly it’s long, about a hundred sixteen miles. Secondly, you go over a high pass almost every day which puts a serious dent in the mileage you can do. Lastly, you also have to keep the eight or nine days of…

PCT50 – 789 – Whitney & Bishop

After leaving Kennedy Meadows, despite some pretty crazy elevation, we still made good time except for logistical problems. Cow Creek Following the trail up the canyon from Kennedy Meadows, it finally started to look like a new kind of terrain. The steep canyon walls and tree-lined slopes expanded out into a broad, grassy valley. We…

PCT28 – 454 – Agua Dulce

(Warning, picture heavy post) “I have no memory of this place”, said the Smokebeard.  No longer the Greybeard leading the Fellowship, I’m now just another old, slow hiker.  And it turns out that is just fine. After doing many chores and eating a lot of food, we all managed to get out of Wrightwood at…