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Getting to the trail is half the challenge

West Glacier, MT Here on the CDT, getting to the trailhead is half the hassle of a thru-hike! In West Glacier, we got the lowdown from some locals: an area in the woods down by the river near the railroad tracks where we could set up a tent and not be disturbed. It...

Can a potty trowel be carry on luggage?

West Glacier For those of you wondering whether ULA Potty Trowels can go on flights as carry-on, the answer is maybe. I spent the night in the Newark, NJ airport, which surprisingly lacks the all-the-time activity you’d expect from an airport that close to NYC....
Wet ending to a dry trail

Wet ending to a dry trail

We ditched out resupply box in Stehekin instead opting to have the food of our last three days of trail be almost entirely Stehekin bakery pasteries. I have never had a cinnamon roll that good, and the day olds from the bakery were still better than any other baked...
Wildfire, blownout bridges, and beauty

Wildfire, blownout bridges, and beauty

Nearing the end of the journey, I can honestly say things have been getting more exciting. This part of the PCT dates back to the 1930s, the trail design resembles another trail built in the 1930s..the Applachain Trail. It’s a lot of up and down, but over some...
Huckleberry Hysteria

Huckleberry Hysteria

Greetings from Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, 2400 miles into the Pacific Crest Trail!   We’ve had great weather in Washington so far and the huckleberries have been abundant.  It is hard to hike as the trail is a path through waist-high huckleberry bushes,...
Mt Hood 55 mile challenge

Mt Hood 55 mile challenge

Right before Mt. Hood, 7 thru-hikers including myself completed a 55 mile day into Timberline Lodge. We all camped together, disposing (eating) unwanted food (you don’t want to carry extra weight in your pack) and prepping ourselves for the big day. Setting our...
The incredible, edible Oregon

The incredible, edible Oregon

The California lands around the CA-OR border were especially hot and rough, but it seemed like as soon as we passed the border, water became abundant again, snakes and bears disappeared, and everything became wonderful (Update: after completing Oregon, I can frankly...
Snakes, Bears, and Lava, oh my!

Snakes, Bears, and Lava, oh my!

Writing from Old Station, California, near Lassen National Park. Northern Cali is hot and dry like the desert again—but with more trees In the infamous Section O near Redding, California, we encountered the hardest part of the trail.  Heat, lack of views, abundant...
Not letting the quitting spot get to me

Not letting the quitting spot get to me

We slept the night a mile short of Muir Pass when an unthreatening sky turned into thunderstorms and snow at 2 am.  As we heard the pass above us get pummeled with lightening—the closest strike less than 1 mile away, we took down the pole supporting our tarp-tent...

Lost with Collywobbles

  When we got to Mather Pass, the trail was covered in snow and we followed a  thru-hiker named Colllywobbles up what appeared from the map to be “Mather Pass.”  We couldn’t believe there were no footprints and it was awfully steep and...