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PCT South California, PCT Thru Hike / 31.03.2018

Hiked 18.5 miles, at mile 74.5 Other hikers had selected earlier tent sites with good views. Though beautiful tent sites, they were exposed to an increasingly brisk wind. One after another, I bypassed these exposed sites and hiked on in search of a site that was more sheltered from the wind. I had entered the real desert with cactus and spiny things all around. I soon learned to be careful when laying down my pack. My sitting pad had already picked up some barbs which brushed onto my finger....

PCT South California, PCT Thru Hike / 30.03.2018

Hiked 18.2 miles today, At mile 55.9 I don’t know what I’ve come to, but after 4 days I’m already sleeping under a rock. I’m camping above Oriflamme Canyon and the usual tent spots are taken. I found a small open patch near the edge of a high dropoff. I tried, but couldn’t get my tarp to stay up in the wind, so I moved back under a boulder a little larger than a Ford F350. There, I snuggled up to the side of the rock where there was...

PCT South California, PCT Thru Hike / 29.03.2018

At mile 37.6. Hiked 17.6 miles today. It is hot! I think my main job is going to be to keep from getting overheated. It is kind of hard when there is no shade and you are climbing with a pack loaded down with water. Today everyone was trying to make it to Long Canyon Creek. It was a long climb in the direct sun. From now on, I’m starting very early to avoid the worst of the heat. Also thinking about taking breaks in order to avoid the...

PCT South California, PCT Thru Hike / 28.03.2018

Hiked 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 first camp on the PCT taken 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. I need to remember to give my body a chance to adapt. I need to establish the right routines early. For example, don’t skip flossing. It's a small thing, but...

PCT South California, PCT Thru Hike / 27.03.2018

4.6 miles today, at milepost 4.6 I'm cowboy camping tonight under the stars. I didn’t start hiking until 5:10 pm. The entire day was spent traveling and waiting on buses. The El Cajon transit center in San Diego is a tiny bit sketchy. I had to hang out there for 3 hours waiting on the bus for Campo. Boring, but I was excited to be on this epic journey. Finally, I boarded the bus. Soon the bus was swerving back and forth on curving mountain roads. I became very...

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...