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Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail / 13.08.2020

This is part 2 of my June 2019 section hike in the Sierra. Original Hike Plan Falls Victim to Injury My intention had been to hike the PCT straight through from Lone Pine (Cottonwood Pass) to Mammoth Lakes (Reds Meadow); however, on the 2nd day out, I post-holed my right leg on a steep snow-covered slope, spraining my knee. I could still walk, but not with the confidence needed to push through all 7 of the major high mountain passes in these conditions. My knee sprain occurred on June...

Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 21.07.2019

Hard Hiking - June 14th After 2 days and 2 nights of traveling by plane, shuttle, train, and bus from Georgia to Lone Pine, I finally found myself standing on the side of Horseshoe Meadows road just outside. With no cars, I was desperately trying to hitch a ride to the top. After a half-hour of staring at the empty pavement, a jeep followed by a car appeared in the distance. Both vehicles slowed and pulled over. I hopped into the car. My ride was a guy from LA...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 15.09.2018

At mile 1092.3. Hiked 5 miles today. I was at my desk in Atlanta working for AT&T on March 26th. The next day, March 27th at 5:00 PM, a Border Patrol Agent dropped me off at the PCT monument on the Mexican Border. A long fence with a broad swath of carefully plowed “no man’s land” between the fence and a metal border wall stretched in front of me. I was all by myself. I added a quick entry to the trail register that was hidden in a cubbyhole...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 14.09.2018

At mile 1087.3. Hiked 21.6 miles today. Today was my last full day of hiking so I took another PCT’ers advice to savor it.  The day was cool and breezy without the strong gusts of the last two days and the trail continued to be easy on the feet. Nice for the countdown to the end. Captain Travis on leave is hiking on the PCT in photo below. The the trail passed through fields of golden grass.The  And reds. Here is a lake that I think might be Blue Lake. About a mile before Carson...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 13.09.2018

At mile 1065.7. Hiked 26.4 miles today. I felt like I needed to put in the miles in order for my last day on the PCT to be a short day, allowing plenty of time to hitch a ride to Sacramento. The trail cooperated with a smooth and even path. I’d already planned out my last campsite two more days out. It would make my last day a short 5 miles. The morning light was incredible, or maybe the double hot coffee that put my brain on “enjoy mode”. I...