PCT121 – 2001 – the Sisters

Leaving Shelter Cove Last night I left Shelter Cove Resort after finally getting my UPS package. I made a pretty good pace uphill to the lake, despite having 7 days of food in my pack. Due to a mix-up, I ended up with 28 snack bars, almost a pound of macadamia nuts, a bag of … Continue reading PCT121 – 2001 – the Sisters

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PCT113 – 1872 – Out of Ashland into the Ash Land

Note: without good network access these posts get harder and harder to stay current with. I can't write every night, and going by notes and memory is tricky. When I am in town, my time is often taken up with errands, laundry, and meals. I don't have the luxury of time. Sorry if these posts … Continue reading PCT113 – 1872 – Out of Ashland into the Ash Land

10 signs you might be in Oregon

One day you realize that not only is it August, but that you're actually in Oregon. If, like me, you stop and look up from watching your feet and things seem different to you, try this handy checklist to see if you're in Oregon: 1. Cold nights The other morning it was 36 degrees in … Continue reading 10 signs you might be in Oregon

PCT105 – 1718 – NorCal to Ashland

Yes, I fixed my phone. It turns out that Android keeps a sort of index of all your pictures, separate from the pictures themselves. And this index can get corrupted. Because programmers are lazy, nothing traps the error usefully, and so WordPress and other apps would simply crash. After trawling some deeper parts of the … Continue reading PCT105 – 1718 – NorCal to Ashland

PCT89 – 1411 – Halfway, geysers, and Hat Creek Rim

This will be another weird and slightly disjointed post. While the hotel I'm at has Wi-Fi, of course it sucks and so uploading pictures is a pain.  Because the WordPress app on my phone is still all crashy, editing this post is a nightmare.  Using the non-Mobile version of WordPress is downright maddening.   There's a … Continue reading PCT89 – 1411 – Halfway, geysers, and Hat Creek Rim

PCT musings – 10 signs you’re in NorCal

One day, July somehow happened. The fourth calendar month I've been out here. I looked around and realized this was new trail. If, like me, you feel like you're lost or on the wrong trail, don't worry, you might just be in NorCal. Here's a handy checklist to see if you are: 1 No snow … Continue reading PCT musings – 10 signs you’re in NorCal

PCT83 – 1284 – coasting into Belden Town

Frying on the way out of Sierra City As those of you who follow my Instagram account (@edthesmokebeard) know, I am convinced that the 3000 ft, 8 mile climb out of Sierra City was put there on purpose by an angry god. Most hikers at least partially believe in Trail Jesus, the being or power … Continue reading PCT83 – 1284 – coasting into Belden Town