Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Crater Lake to Canadian Border

Section: Crater Lake to Canadian Border SYSTEM GEAR CARRIED WORN BACKPACK SYSTEM Pack ULA Circuit 40 yes Pack Liner Trash Compactor Bag 2.18 yes SHELTER SYSTEM Tarp Outdoor Equipment Supplier Maccat Tarp 15 yes Ground Cloth Tyvek Ground Cloth 4.8 yes SLEEP SYSTEM Insulation Top Enlightened Enigma 20 Quilt 22.85 yes Insulation Bottom Thermarest NeoAirContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Crater Lake to Canadian Border”

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”