(Originally published at The Trek) I have a few purchases left to make, but right now my gear list is pretty solid. Pack weight is just at 13 lbs, and that includes a 1 lb fudge-factor for things like chapstick, extra clothes added at the last minute, the weight of my pen, money, and other … Continue reading PCT2018 Gear List
(Reposted from The Trek) I don't listen to music while I hike, for a few practical reasons. I don't want to use the battery on my phone, I don't want to deal with sweaty headphones, and I want to hear rattlesnakes before I step on them. After 46 trips around the sun, I have a … Continue reading Old Guy Music: Hiking Tunes from my PCT Jukebox
(reposted from The Trek) If you're a hiker, and you ever use the Internet, you know there's a lot of discussion about reducing pack weight. One phrase I hear a lot is "how do I go ultralight?". The answer is complicated, because it's the Internet, but also because at no point do you "win" and … Continue reading The Three Kinds of Ultralight – Be Ultrawise With Your Choices
(originally posted at The Trek - https://thetrek.co/pacific-crest-trail/foot-care-on-the-trail/) Warning: there are some potentially scary and gross pictures of my previous foot injuries in this article. Other warning: I am not a doctor. Let's talk about feet. With 3,000 hiking miles on mine, I've run into more than a few gnarly situations. This is not a humblebrag. I … Continue reading Foot Care on the Trail: One Man’s Battle with His Feet
Originally posted to The Trek at https://thetrek.co/pacific-crest-trail/why-choose-the-pct/ Why When I tell people I'm off to California for six months to hike from Mexico to Canada, I invariably get one of two responses. Half the people come back with something like, "Wow, I wish I could do that." The others respond, "Why would you do that?" I … Continue reading Why? Because I choose to
I've been invited to write for The Trek, a thruhiking blog site! This new site is going to be the primary source for my PCT musings, but don't worry, this site will remain, to chronicle my other hiking adventures. I'll also be cross-publishing my Trek blogs here, so if you want to, stay tuned. … Continue reading New Year, New Plan, New Blog
After last year's aborted attempt due to a broken foot, I'm trying again! Once more my wife is being super supportive, and we're getting things lined up for a 5-6 month absence. There's a ton of house chores to do, and a big project - chicken run, to complete. Work is going to have to … Continue reading Counting my chickens, thru-hiker style – PCT2018!