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 … More PCT Day 9 – Breakfast in Paradise, Dinner in Purgatory
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 … More PCT Day 8 – Heaven Must Be Missing Some Angels
One of the questions I am most frequently asked when I tell people about my plan to walk 2,260 miles from Mexico to Canada is “how will you carry all your food?” Well the short answer is that I wont, well at least not all of it. This whole long-distance endeavour becomes much more digestible … More Will Walk for Food – My PCT Resupply Strategy
It has been brought to my attention that, over the past few months, I have adopted a whole new vocabulary that hardly anyone else seems able to understand. All too frequently I find myself nonchalantly dropping expressions such as Nero, NoBo and Bounce Box into conversations. My long-suffering audience politely smiles and nods before glazing … More How to Talk the Walk and Walk the Talk
When I was much younger than I am today, a wise man once told me that there was no such thing as a stupid question. There are naive questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions and questions posed after inadequate self-criticism, but no stupid questions. Every inquiry, he proclaimed, was a cry for understanding. Generally I would … More No Such Thing as a Stupid Question
It was about Barstow when the drugs hit … No, no wait! Wrong story … that was my previous life! In my current life, the year of the humungous walk has finally arrived. The months of waiting are now sufficiently small that I am now counting the weeks instead. My excitement has definitely moved up … More Fear and Loathing on the Pacific Crest Trail
The planned start date for my little amble is still more than 5 months away. It feels like an eternity, surely I have oodles of time to plan and prepare? Maybe, maybe not; if all these years on this spinning rock have taught me one thing, it is that the concept of time as a … More Solvitur Ambulando … It is Solved by Walking!
I am not entirely sure when or why I decided walking 2,650 miles across a country would be a good idea … However, walking 2,650 miles across a country is exactly what I have decided to spend much of 2016 doing! Like so many of my other infamously magnificent five minute plans, this latest plan … More What is this “thru-hiking” and “PCT” of which I speak?