PCT2018 Gear List

(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


The Three Kinds of Ultralight – Be Ultrawise With Your Choices

(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

Counting my chickens, thru-hiker style – PCT2018!

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!

Gear List & Review

I've had a bunch of people ask me about gear, so I thought I'd share what I used on the PCT2017 trip.   Outside of a few trinkets, my famous tampon-case first-aid kit, and 1 Patagonia shirt, nothing has survived from my AT1999 trip. Pack - Osprey Exos 58.   Verdict: Loved it.   A … Continue reading Gear List & Review

MSR Revo Explore 25 review

Disclaimer: I've never snowshoed before, and have no experience, other than selling them when I worked at an outfitter a very long time ago. Before I begin, kudos to LL Bean - for the 10% off online shopping, the free shipping, and the 2-day delivery even though they had said 7 days. I bought the … Continue reading MSR Revo Explore 25 review