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Resupplying on a Thru Hike

To mail drop or not to mail drop… Nothing stresses me out more than trying to plan what food I might want to eat four months from now, not to mention how much of it.  I don’t even like to read the guidebook until I’m a week or two out from leaving.  If there’s one… Read more »

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Our 2015 PCT Class Video is Amazing!

Over the past 10+ years, there has been a tradition of creating a class video for each year of PCT hikers.  For 2015, over 200 people sent in over 13,000 pictures and videos and Ratatouille spent over 100 hours putting this all together.  Many thanks to Ratatouille for doing such an amazing job!  It was great… Read more »

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PCT Gear Review, Part 3: Electronics and Miscellaneous

In Part 1 of my PCT gear reviews, I went over the Big Three.  In Part 2, I covered cooking, clothing, and hygiene systems.  Part 3 will round out everything that’s left. Electronics I carried my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone, and it served many functions: phone, wifi, camera, guides, gps, notes, blogging, water reports.  It’s a water… Read more »

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PCT Gear Review, Part 2: Cooking, Clothing, Hygiene

In Part 1 of my PCT gear reviews, I went over the Big Three.  Now, I’ll move on to my cooking, clothing, and hygiene systems. Cooking Some people go on a no-cook diet while thru hiking to save on time cooking and hassle of finding fuel.  I don’t know what I’d eat for dinner if… Read more »

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PCT Gear Review, Part 1: The Big Three

In backpacking equipment, the “big three” often referred to are your pack, shelter, and sleep system.  They are key pieces of gear, and they are most likely the heaviest and priciest items on your gear list.  In my reviews of gear I used on the Pacific Crest Trail this year, I will start with these. Pack… Read more »

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AT vs PCT

Now that I’ve done two of the major long distance trails in the US, everyone wants to know which one is harder, better, my favorite: the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail? First, let’s examine some of the ways the two are different.  Settle in because this is a long one. Physical Difficulty Many… Read more »

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PCT Stats

Here we go: miles per day, where I slept at night, times it rained, etc. Comparison to my Appalachian Trail thru hike will come later. Lowest Milage Excluding Zeros: 2.3 Average Mileage: 14.4 Median Mileage: 17.2 Average Mileage Excluding Zeros: 18.1 Median Mileage Excluding Zeros: 19.2 Highest Mileage: 29 Zeros: 39 Neros (Less than 8… Read more »

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PCT Done!

I hiked out 7.5 miles to Highway 66 this morning, finishing my PCT hike. What started as a nobo thru hike in April turned into a flip flop when I hurt my foot in August and had to take some time off. I flipped up to do Washington nobo and flopped back to do Oregon… Read more »

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Hyatt Lake

I have such a hard time getting myself out of my sleeping bag when it’s cold. The mornings lately still haven’t been as cold as they were in Northern Washington, but they’re getting closer. I got started at 8:30 and stopped a couple miles later at the South Brown Mountain Shelter for water. There’s a… Read more »