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

PCT 2015-Week 2

Day 8-Paradise Valley Cafe-mile 152-18 mile road walk/PCT alt route-run/hike to beat storm-cabin- ultra siblings- snow outside, fire inside-$1 tacos-Idyllwild-trail mile 177

 

PCT alt route

 
Day 9-Idyllwild-rest day-cold and snow-bakery-much food-Leopard Sauce-caramel cinnamon bun-acupuncture-pizza-Silver Pines Lodge

 

Idyllwild, CA

 
Day 10-Idyllwild-mile 177-big day-Ernie M trail-Devils Slide-Tahquitz-snow!-snowman-old faces-in the clouds-catching the ultras-bombing snowy San Jacinto-200 mile mark-night hike-trains and autos-Ziggy & the Bears-HoHo & L.Sauce-37 miles in 15 hrs-mile 211

 

Trail friends & snowman

 
Day 11-mile 211-farewell to new friends-lazy morning-Whitewater Preserve cold soak-yogi rotisserie chicken-desert ridges-mission creek-group snuggle cowboy camp-mile 229

 

Trail sights

 
Day 12-mile 229-Mission Creek-no energy morning-desert to big trees-OMW&Transformer-Gila memories-hiking to music-pine scent-snow topped mountain tops-Yellow Deli people-Onyx Summit-nausea-Papa Smurf-Jabba-Big Bear City-mile 252

Trail Magic

Day 13-mile 252-Papa Smurf breakfas & prayer-Hiking Viking-trail angel errands-shoe test #3 Altras-nausea again-singing on the trail-cold camp- Van Deusen Canyon RD-mile 275

Evening on the trail

 Day 14-mile 275-clouds over Big Bear Lake-long lunch at Dry Creek-homeless father & son-water sculpted granite and pools-300 mile mark-frogs churping-Dry Creek camp-mile 301

300 miles!