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Pacific Crest Trail (2019): Concluding Thoughts

The theme of this hike was definitely ‘Not What I Was Expecting’. I had thought that the terrain and weather conditions would be more like what I experienced on the AZT, since this PCT section is also desert terrain in a neighbouring state (don’t @ me, Americans!!!) but it was totally different (I know that […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 76: Back to the KOA

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 – 13 miles Unsurprisingly, my shoulder was still hurting when I woke up this morning. I haven’t taken a zero for awhile, so hopefully it just needs some rest. Temperatures were sweltering today and the trail was exposed as I walked towards the KOA. The North Fork Ranger Station had shady […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 75: Well-Behaved Deer

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 – 17.60 miles I slept a solid eight hours and when I woke up, the temperature was warm(ish, 5:00 AM warmish) and my left shoulder/upper back was killing me. I’ve been getting a nagging ache there for awhile, but was able to ignore it before, whereas now it’s hurting every time […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 74: Love You Zpacks and My Tent

Monday, May 27, 2019 – 11.30 miles I woke up at 4:30 AM. My tent was drooping beneath snow, so I braved the cold to brush it off before it could melt and wet my tent. Or that’s what I tried to do, but immediately discovered that oops – that’s not snow, that’s ice! Or […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 73: Better Stakes Than Poles

Sunday, May 26, 2019 – 12.90 miles Waking up early with the wind, I began the 2500 ft climb up to cloud-coated Burkhart Saddle. The trail was mostly in great condition, but just below the saddle I encountered a stretch of loose and narrow footing. I met a group of weekend backpackers conveniently placed to […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 72: Looks Like a Nightmare

Saturday, May 25, 2019 – 15.90 I was sluggish in the morning and didn’t start walking until 7:30 AM. Little Jimmy Spring was closer than I had thought – the data points in eTrails are funny here – and flowing strong below the trail. 15-20 tents were still pitched in the campground when I arrived. […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 71: Like Someone Who Anticipates Being Eaten by Rats

Friday, May 24, 2019 – 9.20 miles Happy Mt. Baden-Powell Day! Unfortunately rain was forecast for the afternoon, since there’s no perfect weather window in the Year of March in May, but I hoped to be up and over the summit by then. Quickly reaching the Vincent Gap trailhead, I began the ascent. For ~2.2 […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 70: Hold No Hope in Your Heart

Thursday, May 23, 2019 – 4 miles The hotel wouldn’t hold my backpack after I checked out in the morning, so I carried it around as I completed my remaining chores: mailing the remnants of my bounce box to the Acton KOA, leaving extra food in the hiker box and picking up a forgotten item […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 69: When Even the Ramen Is Posh

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – 9.20 miles I got an early start today to complete the nine miles to Inspiration Point/Wrightwood before the snow began this afternoon. Despite my hatred for low-hanging clouds, I was charmed to see a cloudbow: Great views continued in the cold. I started hitting patchy snow around Blue Ridge, none […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 68: It’s Late May, Okay?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – 15.80 miles Even around 3000 ft, low-hanging clouds were making themselves a nuisance this morning. The temperature was cold until the sun began peeking out, then warmed to hot during the steady ~4800 ft grind uphill. I took a dirt road alternate for better views of Mt. Baldy and companions and […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 67: Give My KM People Back

Monday, May 20, 2019 – 1.70 miles I found an earwig in my tent when I woke up this morning. DIE. Frost was there too, and I waited for the friendly sun before walking to the store, which serves breakfast from 8-10 AM: all-you-can-eat pancakes with eggs, hashbrowns, sausage/bacon and orange juice (or possibly the […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 66: Sittin’ on My Tractor

Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 8.20 miles My tent was dry and the sky was blue when I woke up at 6:00 AM. That’s… not what I was promised… I had been planning to wait out the bad weather in my tent, but when no precipitation materialized except for a sprinkle of rain during breakfast, […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 65: Automatoning

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 21 miles The weather forecast is predicting a dump of precipitation for tonight and tomorrow, so my goal for today was to get past the high elevation section around Bear Mountain and camp in Rockhouse Basin. Unfortunately that meant walking ~21 miles, which I estimated would take me around fourteen […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 64: Windchill x 100

Friday, May 17, 2019 – 15.40 miles The wind was brutal this morning and I had to keep bracing myself with my poles. Clouds in the west were spilling over the mountains into a blue eastern sky. With the windchill the air was like ice, forcing me to put on my gloves. It turns out […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 63: Five Rides

Thursday, May 16, 2019 Ah backtracking. You’re the worst ❤ . At least I could make a day trip of this backtracking, unlike my two-day escapade returning to Ashland during PCT 2018. I packed up my food and other scented items, then set off through the low-hanging clouds and light rain towards Walker Pass. Three […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 62: Return of the Comb

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 4.70 miles After a leisurely morning, I visited the post office to pick up my microspikes (blasted things) and walked to the bus stop to wait for the 12:30 PM bus to Walker Pass/Ridgecrest. Boston Chris joined me there and we met several friendly fellow passengers who eTrails would describe […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 61: Lake Isabella

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – 0.70 miles I walked the remaining distance to Walker Pass this morning and quickly caught a ride to Lake Isabella with a fisherman. Of course I headed straight to a restaurant for breakfast, marveling at the lightness of my pack with zero food in it, and then walked to the […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 60: Return of the Fake Rocks

Monday, May 13, 2019 – 16.70 miles My gorgeous view was hazy this morning, perhaps because of blowing dust. After a long stretch of forest, the PCT merged with a dirt road through hot exposed country. I was hungry and began feeling unwell. I kept thinking that the road was actually flat and the bumps […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 59: The Creepy Classmate

Sunday, May 12, 2019 – 12 miles The weather and scenery were wonderful again today. Near Bird Spring Pass, I met a woman who asked whether I was a section hiker because she hadn’t seen many thru-hikers stopping to take pictures. I also stop to talk to skittering lizards, whispering furtively so that no one […]

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Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 58: A Photogenic Day

Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 15.20 miles The sky was beautifully blue when I woke up this morning. I continued through the pines to Landers Camp, which is 0.2 miles off-trail but has a tank with water presumably of better quality than the creeks surrounded by cow droppings. eTrails describes the Piute Road source as […]