After years of thinking about hiking the CDT it feels satisfying and calming to be on route to the trail. So much effort and momentum has gone into getting ready for this hike. And now we're sitting back on the bus as it travels east on I-10. For most of the ride our eyes are … Continue reading Watching the desert and clouds roll by
As I sit at the Greyhound Station in Tucson waiting for the bus to Lordsburg, it seems now is a good time to figure out how to blog on the 5+ oz of smartphone I'll be carrying along on this hike. As much as I prefer an analog life on the trail, I accept that … Continue reading Same Marmot, new tricks
This evening Mukmuk and I left Seattle around 8 pm heading south on I-5. Sometimes a northward journey requires one to travel south for a ways. I admired the sunset over the Olympics in fleeting glances as we merged over to the slow lane. Grateful to have a view. The right lane is a good … Continue reading Operation deliver resupply boxes a success
Somewhere in the first 500 miles of hiking the PCT, Gabriel and I knew that we loved long distance hiking and that another trail was in our future. The only question was when could we get out again? Our answer to ourselves: As soon as responsibly possible. So we’ve taken two and half years off between long hikes. Enough … Continue reading So why the CDT?
When Don wrote to me and said his plans had changed, he'd be skiing Mt. St. Helens with his buddies on Sunday, instead of Saturday. My heart skipped a beat... with excitement. Task lists checked. I could join them! This was just the trip to satisfy my desire for a ski day before departing the beloved … Continue reading A spring ski day
When I tell people, I'm getting ready to hike the CDT, one question quickly comes up: "So what do you eat when you are hiking for 5 months?" Good question! And definitely one that is a major source of fixation when out on trail and the body is burning all the calories it can readily … Continue reading So what are you going to eat?
The forecast for today called for high avalanche danger and rain everywhere. No need to drive far if it is wet in the mountains, wet in town, and wet east of the Cascades. Better to stick closer to home. Reduce the carbon footprint. Embrace the luxury of sleeping in. Enjoy the signs of spring in … Continue reading Embracing the best of a wet day
Before one starts walking for 5 months and can enjoy the simplicity and soul satisfaction of trail life there is a lot of "other life" and pre-trail life chores to take care of. Some of the work is interesting and fun. While other to-do's are just "get 'er done" tasks to be checked off the … Continue reading Taking care of logistics
There will be more to come. We've started getting ready for the next trail!
After a last beautiful Saturday in Seattle and celebrating Stacy and Kevin's wedding it was time to get ready for a trip, well the trip. In someways this morning was like any other morning apres a hike, scramble, climb, or ski tour: finish packing the last odds and ends, add a few more snacks to … Continue reading Getting ready for any trip, only bigger