PCT Day 14 – All Aboard the Magic Mountain Bus

Started: 09:15 @ MM 210.8 - Ziggy and the Bear's (Elevation 1,519ft) Finished: 16:15 @ MM 266.1 - Big Bear Hostel, Big Bear Lake (Elevation 6,794ft) Water: Drank 1L and bottomless coffee Food: Oatmeal, Banana, Eggs, Hash Browns, Sausage, Toast, Pancakes, Ice-Cream Wildlife: Whole bunch of tweakers and wack jobs at the San Bernardino Transit … Continue reading PCT Day 14 – All Aboard the Magic Mountain Bus

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PCT Day 13 – Out of the Wilderness and into the Wind

Started: 07:15 @ MM 190.5 - Fuller Ridge Campsite (Elevation 7,748ft) Finished: 16:15 @ MM 210.8 - Ziggy and the Bear's (Elevation 1,519ft) Water: Drank 3L ... Definitely not enough. Food: Cliff Bar, Protein Bar, Ritz & BabyBell Cheese, Gummie Lifesavers, Trail Mix, Spaghetti, Cracker Barrel. Wildlife: 1 Woody Woodpecker and lots of Chipmunks Health: … Continue reading PCT Day 13 – Out of the Wilderness and into the Wind

PCT Day 12 – Struggling Through a Winter Wonderland

Started: 07:15 @ MM 179.4 - Idyllwild (Elevation 5,350ft) Finished: 18:30 @ MM 190.5 - Fuller Ridge Campsite (Elevation 7,748ft) Water: Drank 3L ... Probably not enough. Food: Oatmeal, Ritz & BabyBell Cheese, Coconut Bar, Pasta & Tuna, Gummie Lifesavers. Health: 0 Blisters. Frostbite! Firstly, I feel that I need to put a few things in … Continue reading PCT Day 12 – Struggling Through a Winter Wonderland

PCT Day 11 – The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

I was awoken at about 3am by that all too familiar sound ... God laughing at my plans. It was raining and in these frigid conditions that meant just one thing, snow on the San Jacinto Range! I burrowed back into my nest and tried to ignore the cold as best as I could. At … Continue reading PCT Day 11 – The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

This is why we do it

PCT 145 Trail Angel Mary

One of my favorite indoor-but-hiking-related activities is reading the blog posts that the PCTA aggregates on their site under a section called The Journalist. This time of year is when the blogging hits its peak — no one has quit yet (either hiking or blogging) and there is an interesting mix of people in their early days on the trail and those still one or more days away, trying to express the odd mix of excitement and dread they are experiencing, or denying it by obsessing on their gear choices.

I rarely follow these hiker blogs. Once they leave my neck of the woods and start describing landscapes that I cannot pull up on the backside of my closed eyelids, their adventures lose interest for me. Occasionally, once or twice a year, I stumble upon the blog from a hiker that hits a chord. I follow them.

I stumbled…

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PCT Day 10 – Time to Idyll a while in Idyllwild

Started: 07:45 @ MM 172.0 - Estimated position, off trail due to fire closure. Finished: 11:15 @ MM 179.4 - Idyllwild Water: Drank 2L plus bottomless coffee and soda in town. Food: Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns and Pancakes. Lifesaver Gummies. Pizza and Greek Salad. Health: 0 Blisters. Feet much happier with short day! Once … Continue reading PCT Day 10 – Time to Idyll a while in Idyllwild

PCT Day 9 – Breakfast in Paradise, Dinner in Purgatory

Started: 07:00 @ MM 149.0 Finished: 18:35 @ MM 172.0 - Estimated position, off trail due to fire closure. Water: Drank 4L plus gallons of coffee at Paradise Valley Cafe. Food: Santa Fe 3 Egg Omlete, Hash Browns & Toast. Pasta, veggies & Spam. Almond Joy and Trail Mix. Health: 0 Blisters but feet in … Continue reading PCT Day 9 – Breakfast in Paradise, Dinner in Purgatory

PCT Day 8 – Heaven Must Be Missing Some Angels

Started: 07:00 @ MM 127.3 - Mike's Place Finished: 18:05 @ MM 149.0 Water: Drank 5L. Soda @ Malibu East Food: Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Oar Bar, Trail Mix, Cheese, Chicken & Rice Wildlife: Another SNAKE !!! Health: 0 Blisters, various foot aches and pains. I has pretty happy to be heading out from Mike's Place … Continue reading PCT Day 8 – Heaven Must Be Missing Some Angels

PCT Day 7 – Simplicity and Purpose

Started: 07:00 @ MM 109.5 - Warner Springs Finished: 16:10 @ MM 127.3 - Mike's Place Water: Drank 4L. Dr Pepper, Mountain Dew & Cactus Juice @ Mike's Place Food: Oatmeal, Banana, Cliff Bar, Pop Tart, Trail Mix, Pizza, Sausage and Mash Wildlife: Another SNAKE !!!  Health: Still no blisters. No change in molluscs situation. … Continue reading PCT Day 7 – Simplicity and Purpose

PCT Day 6 – A Nero and a New Name

Started: 07:45 @ MM 101.1 - Barrel Springs Finished: 11:20 @ MM 109.5 - Warner Springs Water: Drank 2L. Used lots for laundry, shower and foot spa! Wildlife: 1 Hummingbird, 0 Snakes, 0 Bears and a huge stone eagle Health: 0 Blisters. Molluscs still entrenched!  So finally the easy day! This was to be my first … Continue reading PCT Day 6 – A Nero and a New Name