Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Tuolumne Meadows to Crater Lake

Section: Tuolumne Meadows to Crater Lake SYSTEM GEAR CARRIED WORN BACKPACK SYSTEM Pack ULA Circuit 40 Pack Liner Trash Compactor Bag 2.18 SHELTER SYSTEM Ground Cloth Gossamer Gear Polycryo 1.3 SLEEP SYSTEM Insulation Top Enlightened Enigma 20 Quilt 22.85 Insulation Bottom Thermarest NeoAir Xlite (long) 15.92 CLOTHING SYSTEM Socks #2 Socks 1.5 Underwear Patagonia UnderwearContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Tuolumne Meadows to Crater Lake”

Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

Section: Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows SYSTEM GEAR CARRIED WORN BACKPACK SYSTEM Pack ULA Circuit 40 Pack Liner Trash Compactor Bag 2.18 SHELTER SYSTEM Shelter BA Fly Creek 2 (Shared Weight) 18 Ground Cloth Gossamer Gear Polycryo 1.3 SLEEP SYSTEM Insulation Top Enlightened Enigma 20 Quilt 22.85 Insulation Bottom Thermarest NeoAir Xlite (long) 15.92 CLOTHINGContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Discovering Evolution with John Muir

Separated into different levels, Muir Pass is a sustained 12 mile ascent, and plays like a video game. Each level with its own boss- either snow, or fords, or steep grade, or photo opportunity (the hardest one!). Muir Pass is the last crucible in the High Sierra, the last rocky behemoth standing between you and the tamerContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Discovering Evolution with John Muir”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Tales of the Trail – Sierra Edition

Pinchot and Mather: Double Pass Day  Despite Pinchot Pass being named after a man who would have wanted a casino at its summit, it is wild, craggy and untouched. To the northwest, the trail falls away into a tarn filled basin, each gem of azure blue water connected by a swift stream. Pinchot was relativelyContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Tales of the Trail – Sierra Edition”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Kearsarge Is a Good Dog Name

Within Kings Canyon, slumbers an ancient energy. The water is crisp and delicious and the earth, a rich, dark brown.  Granite peaks saturated with sunlight shine as if from within, humming with power. The very air is alive. Around every bend another lake waits for discovery, which is akin to finding a diamond the size of a footballContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Kearsarge Is a Good Dog Name”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: The Range of Light

100 million years ago, immeasurable power changed the face of the earth. This cataclysmic event left an immense deposit of light-colored granite, which was in turn carved with the artistic, albeit clumsy hands of shifting glaciers. Today the glaciers are mostly gone and the earth is no longer erupting, but what remains is no less awesomeContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: The Range of Light”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Kennedy Meadows to Lone Pine

Seven hundred miles has a nice ring to it. Even spelling it out suggests a lovely sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Gongratulations, you have walked a far way good sir and madam. More at least than a paltry 500 or 600. But at mile 702 festers the stinking ‘zero vortex,’ and wallet sucking monopoly that is the KennedyContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Kennedy Meadows to Lone Pine”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Tehachapi to Kennedy Meadows – Why I hate the desert and will venture there no more.

I try to add something extra to my blog posts. Instead of just a slide show of my actions over a period of time, I like to describe the trail, and any experiences that transcend the individual and illustrates what makes walking such an immense distance so worthwhile and beneficial to mind, body, and spirit.Continue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Tehachapi to Kennedy Meadows – Why I hate the desert and will venture there no more.”

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Aqua Dulce to Tehachapi

After hiking so many miles, living on the trail becomes second nature. The towns become harsher and more abrasives to the senses, and the speed of conventional travel, culture, and all around general activity seems to teem around you, pushing you back into the calm embrace of nature. In the dust and the rock ofContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Aqua Dulce to Tehachapi”