PCT 2015 – Week 9

2-5 July – days 58-61 – Quincy, CA – no miles – High Sierra Music Festival – work is overrated – imbalanced insanity – 14 hours of stir fry and pad Thai – jam band grooves and energy flows – mismatched, outrageous outfits, scantily clad , silver space clothes, bikinis, fanny packs , utility belts, short shorts,  booty shorts, no shorts, fringe, speedos, skin and tattoos, tie dye, sun hats and sunburn, dreads, feathers and rainbows, lots of drugs, no sleep, late nights, glow sticks and disco balls, 5 AM kickball, indulgence – Con Brio, CA Chocolate drops, String Cheese, Marco Benevento, Motet, Troubadours session – culture shock – debauchery – Adam & Gina – horse stall camp

Troubadour Sessions

 

Partner in pad thai and stir fry

 
6 July – day 62 – festy hitch – “Wild” inspired hitch – park employee hitch – new shoes, PI N2s – town layover – errands – hostel camp – talk of quitting from hikers – no miles

  
 7 July – day 63 – more thunderstorms – deliberation – town vortex blues – Middle back on trail – Yama’s Magnet – James Brown – motel camp

 

Lake Tahoe

 
8 July – mi. 1091 – Echo Summit – Echo Lake – back on trail – Angler, Wow- “Wild” inspired $20 – midday lunch and 4 hour nap to wait out storms -awakened by crazy camper dreams – thankful for a great tent – seperated by storms – mile 1100 – grouse & ducks – thunder camp – mi. 1110

Afternoon storms

PCT 2015 – Week 8

25 June – mi 973 – Dad’s birthday – plastic ground cloth shake out alarm clock – Alpaca & Chicory sneak off in the wee morning hours – more “bumpy” terrain – better spirits – new and confined terrain – “Land Before Time” – lunch swim and nap in Wilma Lake – blue dragonflies on green rushes – pollen coating the water – SLO girls at the ford – could not out run the worst mosquitos ever – Dorothy Lake – mi. 997 

Blue dragonflies

 
26 June – mi. 997 – mosquitos still! – sleep in, sore and tired – hike with Key Lime again – mile 1002 – ridge line lunch and nap – Emigrant Pass – San Juan similarities – more volcanic terrain – eating snow, drinking snowmelt – Cardboard proposes, she says yes – Sonora Pass – The Owl – Sonora Pass Cafe trail magic – beautiful canyon – failed hitch – picnic camp – mile 1017

 

Putting the feet up on a bear can

 
27 June – mi. 1017 – Bridgeport resupply/rest day – Patriotism and tourists – breakfast at a bar with Susan and Stringer – new shirt – Zoolander, Frosty Bottoms, Penny Lane – sunset poetry – wine & fish – 2 person tent – camp – mi. 1021

 

The Owl’s Sonora Pass Cafe

 
28 June – mi 1017 – 1041 – great lazy morning – Cinnabon – part ways on the trail – Flying Eagle – overcast day with afternoon rain – lush veg. – wildflowers – lupine & mile ears – forest, neon moss – granite & volcanic – Zoolander fire camp

 

Wildflower season

 
29 June – mi 1041-1070 – energetic, fast morning – carnation instant coffee breakfast – more wildflowers, sagebrush and volcanic hoodoos – big scenery – the Dentist, Fancy Pants, Bucket, Tequila Jack – evening storm scare off a ridge – Lost Lakes camp

 

Volcanic rock and sagebrush

 
30 June – mi. 1070 – the beauty keeps coming – more and more wildflowers – day hikers, sign or civilization nearby – Carson Pass cookies and milk – lush forest, clean granite – 23 miles by 2 – South Lake Tahoe vacation madness – hiker lounge at Lake of the Sky Outfitters – hikers off trail – Mountain Mellow Mountain hostel – burrito & cereal – mi. 1093 

 

Views in all directions

 
1 July – South Lake Tahoe – rest day – Danger Muffin & Cat Lady – MacDuffs quinoa burger – do not need to buy anything in town – the trail provides – North to Quincy – bus, trolley, bus – jazz on a bus – Annie O. – Truckee 

Hiker in his unnatural environment, town

PCT 2015 – Week 6

11 June – day 36 – trail mile 766 – Crabtree Meadow – “early” start – Leopardsauce & Molly surprise – fresh snow and morning light – fresh legs – clouds over Mt. Whitney – snowy, slick, treacherous trail – walk above and in the clouds – storm hut dance party and snacks – bomb Whitney trail – Guitar Lake sunshine – frisbee! – Alpaca homemaker – Bighorn Plateau, JMT memory – double rainbow – Tyndell creek camp – mile 774

 

Mt. Whitney summit

 
12 June – day 37 – mi 774 – mist covered sun shining through clouds over mountains, glistening white granite boulders, ice covered lakes, fresh swollen streams, improbable dynamited route, ethereal morning daze, on the trail up Forrester Pass -feeling small in the big mountains – rain in the forest – wilderness trail magic from Sherpa & Smiley – 8 mi over Kearsarge Pass – LDS ride – Bishop! – Susan! – hikers roaming the streets – brewery – Thunderbird Hotel – mile 789

 

Icy lakes, snow and rain

 
13 June – day 38 – Bishop, CA – Rest Day – big breakfast – shopping stress – North American Marsupial Association – park relaxing – late night groceries and herding cats – pizza – Pit camp 

 

Relaxing in the Bishop Park

 
14 June – day 40 – Bishop – Schatz – Black Sheep – Town Goats – $6 OJ – too cool, non-attentive coffee shop staff – indecisive deliberation – pick up hikers – lakeside picnic, very nice – Kearsarge again – Glen Pass – frogs chirping, fish jumping – trail or stream? – buck deer on the trail – mosquitoes – sunset! – Rae Lakes – solo camp – mi. 794

 

Buck deer at Rae Lakes

 
15 June – day 41 – mi 794 – chilly, damp morning – JMT memories – mile 800 – missing friends – embracing solo hike – dwell, dwell, dwell – Pinchot Pass – Moccasin, Iron Husk, Rebel Biscuit – Mather Pass – sunset supper on the pass – long 2 pass day -inspired by Peter Croft stories – One Shot on the JMT – Palisades Lake camp – mi. 819

 

mile 800

 
16 June – day 42 – mi. 819 – slow morning – hot Yerba Mate treat – stove envy – trout everywhere – trail crew – Golden Staircase, knee crusher, trail engineering – Sarge – Sasha is alive – rock monster – Meadow – Kings Canyon, Muir Pass, Evolution basin, the heart of the Sierras – Muir Hut at sunset – hike down in the dark – magical god light and views – alone and moved – glowing snow on white granite, reflecting in alpine lakes with stars emerging as last light slips down canyon – exhaustion – Sarge camp – Evolution lake – mi. 844

 

Powerful day

 
17 June – day 43 – mi. 844 – late 9am start feels great – McClure Ranger, Dario and common friend – Evolution Lake swim – flowery, nauseating, fragrant hikers – taking it easy – catch up already friends! – Bagley Hot Springs – evening forest ridge hike – Sallie Keyes Lake – supper under a head net – ruthless mosquitos – JMT memory – old log cabin – bug camp – mi. 864

evening forest

PCT 2015 – Week 5

4 June – day 29 – mi 626 – red, glowing band across the sunrise horizon – windy – Devilfish cache saves us again! – PACK OUT YOUR TRASH! – first sight of the Sierras granite, moved – no place I’d rather be – Walker Pass – Dutch hitch – Lake Isabella – Pizza and NBA finals – motel – mile 652

 

Clean and checking in with “the world”


5 June – day 30 – mi 652 – Lake Isabella – truck be hitch and nap with Sarah – McD’s $5 deluxe breakfast platter – many different configurations of corn syrup – living the life I’ve dreamed about – radioactive water – quarter of trail mark – ridge camp – mile 673

 

Radioactive

 
6 June – Day 31 – mi 673 – 1 month on trail – sleepy hike – rattler #3 – south fork of kern river – rain showers – water welcome to the mountains – sagebrush in the air – abandoned house shelter – mile 700 – wet willows – applause cheer welcome to Kennedy Meadows – familiar faces and satisfaction – porch camp – mile 703

  

Gateway to the Sierras

  
7 June – day 32  – pancake breakfast – comfort crushin, chillin – frisbee – Grumpy Bears – cheering in hikers – jailhouse tattoos – bear can carry – Molly & Leopard Sauce – KM vortex – fricket – Shades, Pogo & brother – KM campground – mile 705

Slow down

8 June -day 33 – mi 705 – varmint alarm – sleep in – cruiser trail through burned forest and meadows – S. Fork Kern River – swallows under bridge – riverside siesta – hiker bottleneck released – bears can suck peanut butter through urcsack – steady long climb, altitude effects – first view of Mt. Whitney at sunset – mysterious whirring noise – bear psychology – duff camp a la carte – mile 726
   

Chewy down at the river

  
9 June – day 34 – mi 726 – golden brown  bristle cone pine, twisted and gnarled by weather and fire, white granite boulders and gravel – jets buzz and roar – sunny siesta adventure nap -overcast sky – dry Owens Lake – evening to night rain and hail – poncho tarp shelter works! – pine and rock camp – mile 749

 

Bristle Cone stump

 
10 June – day 35 – mi 749 – woke dry in the tarp! – Chicken Spring Lake, 1st alpine lake – dry alpine lakes – snow on ridges – Hooter – sunny rain – water, streams for miles – meadow deer – pastoral – bear box raid – stormy alpine hail, rain and snow – 17lb treehouse shelter – Whitney trail – wilderness ranger – Crabtree Meadow camp – HoHo’s riddles – mile 766

Stormy alpine

PCT 2015 – Week 4

28 May – Day 22 – mi 452 – Vasquez Rocks – Agua Dulce – fueled by Southern Fried Steak- water scare – heat – switchbacks for days – zoned out under an umbrella and headphones – Leona Divide 50 – Casa de Luna – nachos with canned things – mile 478

 

Vasquez Rocks

 
29 May – Day 23 – mile 478 – pancakes – full moon group photo – quail alarm – Mrs. Anderson trail love – road hike -hike-hitch-bar-hitch-hike – weed bust – Lake Hughes – 1977 trail log – Rock Inn & Lucky’s – Uncle Creapo – beautiful full moon road hike – stars and silhouettes of mtns – Spills & Dr. Dre – parking lot pastries – mile 500 – Hiker Town – *trail mile 518

 

Log book

   
30 May – day 24 – mi 518 – Rooster crow 4am wake up! – eat & lounge – short shorts & chocolate covered pretzels – Lucky’s 1st Annual Chili cook off – bag pipe punk band – hikers & bikers – return of Middle – Mustang hitch – LA aqueduct at night – Beer Wagon – delirium – Alpaca lost – Cooper Canyon bridge camp – mile 535

 

LA aquaduct night hike

 
31 May – day 25 – mi 535 – Alpaca found – late, hot morning – siesta tree – desert stream – dead squirrel water – wind & solar farms – Devilfish cache with apples! – moonlit hike – turbine shadows and hum – Middle enchilada snuggle – Evangelical Nudist – picnic table camp – mice – mile 558

 

Middle under the siesta tree

 
1 June – day 26 – mi 558 – No! to 4am alarm – great sleep – Leopard Sauce – more wind turbine noise – Dalton the Junk Yard Queen trail angel – Tehachipi – re supply and gorge – 60mph wind gusts – Middle’s homemade dehydrated bolognese – yucca fort camp – mile 571

 

Yucca fort camp

 
2 June – day 27 – mi 571 – sunrise to sunset hike – morning strong winds – Middles birthday – the diverse and scenic PCT – desert to lush oak & pine forest – mile 600 – Robin Bird Spring camp – 31 miles – mi 602 

 

600 deep!

 
3 June – day 28 – mi 602 – 4 weeks on the trail – slow morning – soft trail – Lander’s Meadow – frisbee – Devilfish saves the day again – more Mojave – hot tarp siesta – hike went from hot to pleasant to terribly windy – Artemesia & Joshua Trees – golden hour – granite boulder camp – Blood Moon risin’ – mile 626

Hike to sunset

PCT2015 – Week 3

21 May-day 15-mile 301-Deep Creek Canyon-Deep Creek Hot Springs-long soak-naked people-trail fart etiquette-windy Silverwood lake-Camise Boat Camp-mile 327

  

Deep Creek Hot Springs

  
22 May-day 16-mile 327-fog, mist, chill, badlands-Cajon Pass-McDonalds-hikers stink-2000+ calorie lunch-tunnels&culverts-Amy hitch-Wrightwood Inn-old Leo-Trail Angel Kathy-hiker bums-Wrightwood-mile 347

 

McD’s trail sign

 
23 May-day 17-mile 347-hitch hiking-slack packing-trail running-trail magic by extreme_adventures-menu with beer, captures sandwich, pancakes, ice cream and muffins-above the clouds-buttery single track-Inspiration Point-Devil Fish-Susan & Olive-pizza & beer-pro yogiing-mile 370

 

Trail Magic

 
24 May-day 18-mile 370-goodbye team-long cafe morning-nearo/rest day hike-mile 374

 

with Susan & Olive

 
25 May-day 19-mile 374-Vincent Gap-Mt. Baden Powell-goodbye Susan-Memorial Day-coastal clouds/San Gabriel mtn divide/desert-healing Jummy Spring-road detour-Buckhorn Flat-night hike-Cooper Canyon trail camp-mile 396

  

Mt. Baden Powell

  
26 May-day 20-mile 396-mile 400-caught The team again-fast hike-Poodle Dog bush-gravel road slanted camp-mile 425

 

Poodle Dog Bush

 
27 May-day 21-mile 452-trail magic galore!-Mr Estrada-Coppertone-Acton KOA-descent bombing trail-indecision-sunset night hike-dank tunnel-nestled mountains-cave camp-mile 452

sunset