Total PCT miles 790.2 - Bishop, Yosemite National Park, Lee Vining, California This PCT journey continues to evoke small and beautiful connections between us and one-time strangers. We've been blessed with meeting some wonderful people in the last few days. People we wouldn't have met if we'd kept going straight through as planned. This detour … Continue reading Hitchin’ around the Sierras
Month: June 2011
Reconfigured plans, but still the PCT!
Total PCT miles 790.2 - Lee Vining, California Hello Family and Friends. Greetings from the Eastern Sierra town of Lee Vining and the beautiful shores of Mono Lake. (Just wrote a long update that got lost to the login-expired abyss :-p, so I will keep this brief and backfill in shorter intervals.) Since we got … Continue reading Reconfigured plans, but still the PCT!
The toughest day
PCT miles 771.4 to 785.5 – Just south of Wright Creek to about a mile north of Center Basin Creek– Total PCT miles 785.5 Today has been one of our hardest days in the mountains. Ever. Mentally, physically grueling. Today has also given us some of the most amazing views and appreciation for being alive. … Continue reading The toughest day
A solstice summit of Mt. Whitney
PCT miles 766.3 to 771.4 – Crabtree Meadows to just south of Wright Creek – Total PCT miles 771.4 Hiking up Mt. Whitney (14,497 feet) was definitely something we hoped to do as part of our PCT hike. Today we got to hike and scramble up to the highest point in the "Lower 48"! Our … Continue reading A solstice summit of Mt. Whitney
Entering the Sierras
PCT miles 702.8 to 766.3 – Kennedy Meadows to Crabtree Meadows – Total PCT miles 766.3
Zero day in Kennedy Meadows
Total PCT miles 702.8 – Kennedy Meadows General Store and Tom's Place Today's zero day is all about lounging, eating and getting packed up for the next 6 days in the Sierra. Not having to cram 12 days of food into our packs sure made the pack stuffing easier this morning. Still, we spent the … Continue reading Zero day in Kennedy Meadows
Here we are in Kennedy Meadows on June 15
PCT miles 689.6 to 702.8 – Long Valley Loop Road to Kennedy Meadows General Store – Total PCT miles 702.8 A general rule of thumb for thru-hikers is to make it to Kennedy Meadows, CA at PCT mile 702.8 by June 15th. Getting to Kennedy Meadows around this date-and departing soon after-typically means that hikers … Continue reading Here we are in Kennedy Meadows on June 15
Walker Pass Trail Magic!
PCT miles 631.4 to 651.4 – Bird Spring Pass to Walker Pass Campground – Total PCT miles 651.4 Today we hiked 20 miles before 2:30 to seek out the trail magic of Walker Pass. It's amazing that a hiker can be so motivated by the promise of a soda or cookie. It drives us to … Continue reading Walker Pass Trail Magic!
Chillin’ in Mojave
Total PCT miles 558.3 – Mojave, CA Another rest day on the ol' PCT. Gabriel and I do seem to love these zero days. For this one, we hiked some 70 miles in three days! Which for us is still a little on the long side, as we're supposed to be hiking 18 miles per … Continue reading Chillin’ in Mojave
500 miles and a misty day above the Mojave
PCT miles 493.5 to 518.4 – Maxwell Camp to Hwy 138 and Hikertown – Total PCT miles 518.4 Woke this morning to the sound of a few sprinkles of rain pattering the roof of the tent. We broke camp amid overcast skies and began walking along the trail through arched tunnels of live oak and … Continue reading 500 miles and a misty day above the Mojave