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

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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

All the Gear and a Stupid Idea

I'm not quite sure if it was at 2am in the middle of a gale, or during the third consecutive day of torrential rain and punishing hail that I officially declared the trip to have been a stupid idea! My intentions were good; spend four days in the beautiful English Lake District, hike a few … Continue reading All the Gear and a Stupid Idea

Will Walk for Food – My PCT Resupply Strategy

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 … Continue reading Will Walk for Food – My PCT Resupply Strategy

How to Talk the Walk and Walk the Talk

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 … Continue reading How to Talk the Walk and Walk the Talk

No Such Thing as a Stupid Question

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 … Continue reading No Such Thing as a Stupid Question

Fear and Loathing on the Pacific Crest Trail

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 … Continue reading Fear and Loathing on the Pacific Crest Trail

A Tiny Taste of Te Araroa

Preparations for my forthcoming 2,660 mile thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail continue in earnest. When time allows I stroll purposefully; when it doesn’t, I go about my day distracted by the relative merits of single wall tarp tents and preoccupied with the weight saving potential of cuben fibre backpacks. I think it would be … Continue reading A Tiny Taste of Te Araroa

Solvitur Ambulando … It is Solved by Walking!

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 … Continue reading Solvitur Ambulando … It is Solved by Walking!

What is this “thru-hiking” and “PCT” of which I speak?

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 … Continue reading What is this “thru-hiking” and “PCT” of which I speak?