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PCT North California / 10.06.2018

At mile 1172.3. Hiked 14.7 miles today. First let me revisit that avalanche chute at Sugar Bowl Ski Area.  Wait, as I’m writing this, I heard a sound outside my tent. It is a deer. It is about 30 feet away in the middle of the campsite and won’t go away. It is trying to eat something next to a log. Not grazing around, but working the same spot in the dirt. It has been 5 minutes and the deer is still at it. It’s a doe for you deer...

PCT North California / 04.06.2018

At mile 1157.4. Hiked 16.6 miles today. More of the same with snow. My thought was to get to Donner Pass where I would eat lunch at the Ski Restaurant. Every time I thought I was out of major snow, I encountered more and had to stop to put on Microspikes.  The scenery was incredible, but as I am now writing this It seems hard to remember. I guess I see so much that one memory replaces another. At one point I was feeling great. In the zone, laughing hysterically...

PCT North California, PCT Thru Hike / 01.06.2018

At mile 1140.8. Hiked 15.1 miles. Click on this to view YouTube Video of Day 40 I should have known what kind of day it would be when I had to wander the snow frozen woods straight out of my tent site to follow what my Guthook GPS said there was the PCT somewhere nearby under the towering frozen mounds of ice. After the first few steps, I had to stop to put on my microspikes. Once in the clear, there were beautiful views, but the trail quickly hit a steep...

PCT North California, PCT Thru Hike / 31.05.2018

At mile 1125.7. Hiked 21.6 miles.  I’m happy with the number of miles I put in today considering that I had a lot of snow to cross in the morning that required trail finding. I had to stop regularly to use Guthook GPS to locate the trail. A lot of my hiking in the morning was off trail meaning that besides snow, I had to make my way across terrain that was overgrown or steep or with boulders and ledges. You can’t move in a straight line. Eventually the trail...

PCT North California, PCT Thru Hike / 30.05.2018

At mile 1104.1. Hiked 11.8 PCT miles today. After 26 days off the trail, I’m back and restarting my hike at the Echo Lake Spillway at mile 1092.3. I’ve hopped forward about 440 miles, bypassing the Sierras for now. After reaching Canada, I’ll come back to Echo Lake and hike 440 miles south to Walker Pass.  The morning started off with a long walk up Pioneer Road as I hitchhiked. Finally, I was piled up by Simon who happened to be on his way to Echo Lake. Simon is a...

PCT North California / 21.05.2018

I'm beginning to get excited about my anticipated return to the PCT. Preparations are coming along fine. I've just logged into Amazon to exchange a too small size 11 Altra Olympus shoe for a size 11.5. Same for a pair of gloves that were X-Small which should have been Medium. Hiking pole parts were ordered and poles repaired long ago. Even resupply boxes are nearly ready. I still need to mend my hiking shorts. With little remaining preparation, I'm getting my fix of the PCT by following Instagram...