Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Hostel to Hostel Hiking

Staying at Jeff’s hiker hostel was an inspiration. His family took us into their home and treated us with the upmost hospitality and generosity. We took several “zero” days here to rest up and get the hell out of the desert sun. This is the attic that became home for a few days. On theContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Hostel to Hostel Hiking”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: 370 Miles North – Trail Magic

On day 17, it was decided that waking up at 4:30am and hitting the trail at 5:15 was the best option. The early breakfast was inspired by a 20 mile waterless stretch that lay ahead. Knocking out 10 miles before the heat of the day allowed me to carry only 2 liters during the waterlessContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: 370 Miles North – Trail Magic”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Idyllwild to Wrightwood

Mile: 369.5 The white bronco took another one of the hairpin turns at breakneck speed. The vehicle itself, which may have been held together by duct tape and paranoia, shrieked in protest as the driver gunned the engine and took another turn like he was in a car chase. Maybe he thought he was. NoContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Idyllwild to Wrightwood”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Descent into Madness

Tantalus stands in a pool of clear, sweet, water, in the shade of a fragrant fruit tree. He is racked with an insatiable hunger and is dying of thirst.  But, every time he stretches his boney fingers towards the tree or his cracked lips to the water, it moves just out of reach. As IContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Descent into Madness”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Bridge People

He sat in the dirt resting his back against a graffiti covered wall. Cleanliness had long since become a secondary thought, and a little dust would not make a difference anyway. Grime is caked upon his legs and face, and found comingling with the dried sweat on his shirt. Someone hands him a small plasticContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Bridge People”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Mexican Border to Idyllwild

On April 17, I began my Pacific Crest Trail thru hike. Traveling north from the Mexican border, I will reach Canada sometime in early September. I’m currently in a small town called Idyllwild, about 175 miles north of Mexico. Mornings on the PCT begin when the sun rises. After wiping the condensation off my sleepingContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Mexican Border to Idyllwild”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: A Beginning to a Long Walk

Mileage completed: 179 miles Miles per day: 17.9 miles The journey began on April 17th, 2014. Finna, my hiking comrade, and I found ourselves in the shadow of the southern monument, buzzing with anticipation and excitement. I wanted to cry- or whoop for joy, but I couldn’t decide, so I just stood and smiled. MyContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: A Beginning to a Long Walk”