PCT Gear List and Review

A lot of people have asked me about gear - how many pairs of shoes did I go through, did my tent leak, how was my backpack, that sort of thing.  Here's a list of the main pieces, along with some smaller trinkets which helped me along my way.  One thing I discovered during the … Continue reading PCT Gear List and Review


Highlight reel of pictures from my 2018 PCT thruhike

I've put together an admittedly self-indulgent highlight reel of pictures from my hike.  My goal was to do 1 picture per day, but the video would have been more than 10 minutes log; something I think nobody wants to sit through. You may recognize the background music, which I did not write or perform and … Continue reading Highlight reel of pictures from my 2018 PCT thruhike

PCT156 – the Canadian border

(With apologies to Redford and von Sydow)Sep 12We left Harlequin Bridge around 7, and got to High Bridge by 930.Faceplant saw a bald eagle fly slowly down the river here. Dammit!7th National Park.My luck held for almost the entire day, we only had rain for about 10 minutes. Once we were back in the woods, … Continue reading PCT156 – the Canadian border

PCT152 – Stehekin, the end of the road

Short post, more words than pics this time. There's really only so many pictures you can take in 1 day. But its time for some contemplation and a day in the life stuff.I'm at mile 2572, or another way, just 80 miles to go. There's a reroute of 21 miles off trail that will net … Continue reading PCT152 – Stehekin, the end of the road

PCT150 – 2572 – Snoq to Stehekin

I've been trying to decide of there's an appropriate metaphor for hiking the PCT. Maybe a baseball game?Announcer Joe: A haggard-looking Smokebeard takes the mound for the top of the ninth inning. After all this work, his clothes are falling off his frame, and boy, look at that five o'clock shadow! You have to wonder … Continue reading PCT150 – 2572 – Snoq to Stehekin

PCT141 – 2393 – Snoqualmie Pass

Terse post, not much quality time, power and wifi at the same time.Aug 28 - 9.6Escaping White Pass was another tricky move. Food, showers, coffee, wifi ... all these things contributed to my 3pm departure. But, the trail was easy, and there was a nice lake. We were crowded, since a lot of people had … Continue reading PCT141 – 2393 – Snoqualmie Pass

PCT Musings – 10 signs you’re in Washington

If, one morning you're hiking in the cold fog along a ridgeline with no view, and/or it's September, you just might be in Washington. Consult this handy checklist to be sure:1. Waking up cold and hiking coldElevation, latitude and the calendar combine so that you can see your breath in the morning. I've been hiking … Continue reading PCT Musings – 10 signs you’re in Washington