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PCT South California, PCT Thru Hike / 29.03.2018

15.6 miles today, at mile 20 I saw two shooting stars sleeping under the stars in the mountain desert.  Here is a cool photo of my camp in the dark early morn. I’ll never get management out of my blood. Today I am reminding myself that I am in this for the long haul. Give my body a chance to adapt. Establish the right routines early. For example, don’t skip flossing. Small thing, but I’ll be here 6 months. On short hikes I could get away with a little sun...

PCT South California, PCT Thru Hike / 28.03.2018

4.6 miles today, at milepost 4.6 Cowboy camping tonight under the stars. I didn’t start hiking until 5:10 pm. Entire day was spent traveling and waiting on buses. El Cajon transit center  is a tiny bit sketchy and I hung out there for  3 hours waiting on the bus for Campo. I was a little carsick on the mountain roads, but once I started hiking I felt great! Weather was pleasant but I started sweating with the pace I set. Also, pack weight seemed manageable even though i was loaded...

PCT Planning, PCT Thru Hike / 26.02.2018

I've been working a great deal over the last 6 months to dress up my blog to make it ready for my PCT thru-hike. I've also practiced with Instagram and Snapchat so I can hit the ground running. I'm not interested in troubleshooting or implementing new blog features while on the trail, much less trying to learn how to use Instagram or Snapchat. In the end, I'm out there to hike and I'd like to minimize my time on social media and posting blogs. The best way is...

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...