Tell someone you're about to start hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and often a smile spreads across their face and a dream-filled look fills their eyes. They wish you safe travels, beautiful views and sound knees... they even begin to offer you food! It's awesome to experience such a positive flow of energy when sharing … Continue reading Trail Magic!
After 20-some years of day dreaming and about a year of planning and preparations Gabriel and I will begin hiking the Pacific Crest Trail! In just a few days! It's hard for us to believe. We fly from Seattle to San Diego on 5/1 and begin walking on 5/2. It was a bit surreal when … Continue reading Shifting units of time
Undoubtedly this has been the most time consuming and logistically challenging part of our PCT preparations. I must give huge credit and many thanks to Gabriel for taking on the lion's share of work to put together the food for our resupply boxes from Campo to South Lake Tahoe. Over the past two weeks we've … Continue reading The nuts and bolts of our PCT preparations: Food!
Gone are the days when I used to carry two pairs of hiking pants, two pots and 15 pounds of beloved field guides for a multi-day backpacking trip! Over the last few years Gabriel and I have steadily upgraded our gear replacing old equipment with lighter weight options. We've overhauled our systems entirely: stove, tent, … Continue reading The nuts and bolts of our PCT preparations: Gear!
On a rainy and windy Sunday in mid-January it was time for Gabriel and I to really start training for the PCT. We opted to suit up in our rain gear and go for a conditioner up the Old Mt. Si trail (yes, this popular trail was selected for its ironic charms). The hike was … Continue reading The nuts and bolts of our PCT preparations: Conditioning