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PCT Thru Hike / 17.01.2018

The PCT Pre Hike Survey was sent to the 351 people planning a PCT thru-hike in 2018. In all, 152 people completed the survey.  The PCT Pre Hike Survey consisted of 10 questions having the common theme of outdoor experience and physical preparation. It occurred to me that anyone crazy enough (myself included) to attempt a 2650 mile hike through desert and over mountains might be, let's say "unique".  As I expected, this appears to be a very adventurous group that is not adverse to  hardship and suffering. Over 44% of...

PCT Planning, PCT Thru Hike / 18.12.2017

Short of actual experience, a great way to prepare for a PCT thru hike is to become familiar with the PCT thru-hike top hazards and challenges by reading PCT thru-hiker blogs.  (Read on for some of the best of these stories from 2017.)  No matter your experience with hardship, you are likely to have a wake up call when you actually encounter any number of challenges. Short of actual hardship experience, reading other's stories in advance helps the brain process the degree of difficulty, perhaps reducing the shock...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 26.07.2015

Ridge Lake to Snoqualmie 6 miles The rain and wind started lightly, but in very little time I had water dripping from the roof at the lower end of my tent. I woke up at 1 AM and realized that the foot of my bag was in a puddle of water. I scrunched up toward the upper end of the tent and attempted to stay dry. Water was also leaking through the seam for the rain fly door and water coated the entire inside of the fly. I need to...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 25.07.2015

Spectacle Lake to Ridge Lake 12 miles I packed early then rolled out my pad on a rock to relax while enjoying the view of Spectacle Lake and surrounding peaks. A hummingbird was sitting on a pine tree nearby. I was motionless as I attempted to see how long it would rest if undisturbed. In a flash, it was hovering about 10 inches over my chest close to my nose. In order to extend the moment, I remained motionless. It hovered seconds as it drifted closer to my nose. I...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 24.07.2015

Easily our hardest day of the trip. We started earlier than usual at 6:30 AM. I never have trouble getting ready before others and I had plenty of time for my coffee and oatmeal with blueberries. We started the day with a long switchback climb and ended the day with a hot dusty climb through fireweed and burned forest to Spectacle Lake. We didn't finish up hiking until after 7 PM. Matt and I hiked ahead at the beginning and the end of the day. We really moved...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 23.07.2015

Deep Lake to Waptus River Campsite 7 miles Today I hiked some with a southbound PCT thru-hiker named Lucky. Lucky was nursing a sore foot and seemed to slow down a little allowing me to catch up. Lucky is from Modesto so in a way he is hiking home. Good luck Lucky! :-) Later in camp we met another PCT thru-hiker (northbound) named OCD. There are 2 OCD's on the trail. OCD shared his stories around our campfire. Everyone was impressed with OCD's pack that came in at...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 22.07.2015

Desolation Lake to Deep Lake 12 miles At Desolation Lake I slept without the rain fly and with the door open to enjoy the stars. In less than a minute I saw 3 satellites pass overhead. With a cold wind at Deep Lake I used the fly for the first time. Throwing bear lines has become a nightly ritual. The greatest effort was the night at Surprise Lake where we suspended bags across a ravine anchored by small trees that bent over. The two longest ascents have been up Trapp Pass and...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 21.07.2015

Surprise Lake to Desolation Lake 6 miles In order to rejoin the PCT we hiked in the trail alongside the east side of surprise lake. The correct trail (if one exists) climbs to a ridge line to the left. We crossed boulders at the top of the lake and started spreading out as we ascended and bushwhacked up the steep slope toward Glacier lake. After a long time of yelling through the woods and redirecting all of us rejoined at the shore of Glacier lake. Together we made our way...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 20.07.2015

Hope Lake to Surprise Lake 4 miles Dan, Kathy, David, Dillon, Joe, Pete, Karen, Katie, and Matt are with us. Today, Pete, David, and Dillon had to spend most of the day taking Chris off the trail. Chris sprained his ankle falling down an embankment on his first day in camp. The rest of us slept, swam, and was mostly lazy as we waited for the group to return. Matt, Katie, Dan, Kathy, and I took a 2nd walk to Migg's Lake this time exploring beyond the lake...