I don’t know why I have been postponing writing this. I suppose it is because I am tired. But as tired as I must be, I feel ashamed to admit being tired because I have managed to postpone being tired for six months. I’ve walked about 18 miles a day, almost every day for 173… continue reading
We started hearing horror stories about the snow on the trail while in Stehekin 9/28-9/29, but by the time we got to Mazama and Winthrop 9/30, the stories had whipped into a terrible tale of impassable “walls of snow,” irreconcilable avalanche and hypothermia dangers, etc. etc. There’s a great blog post that talks about the… continue reading
I have a lot of overdue thank yous and shout-outs to make! My Inspiration Thump Thump, AKA Kristen (A 2010 thru-hiker who I met on the trail during her hike. She planted the seed, and helped me plan.) Erin Saver AKA “Wired” – fellow Portlander and 2011 PCT thru-hiker. 2011 was a brutal year, and… continue reading
I take a daily photo along the Pacific Crest Trail, and share it online. Take a look through them here, or over on Instagram (my username is “thelittlepackage”). Enjoy!
After being a nurse for a few years I started to notice that I talked about poop more than most other things. Even in mixed company. I found talking about poop… easy. And humorous. Why didn’t everyone want to talk about the funniest thing, ever, in detail, all the time, I wondered? For me, poop… continue reading
I’m writing from the home of the unbelievably gracious PCT trail angels, Scout and Frodo. I’m hiding under the covers of a twin bed because I’m sharing a room with a stranger — Wendy. Wendy is great. She laughs at everything I say. So either I’m very funny today or she’s nervous. I know it’s… continue reading
To start off, I’ll say: No, I have not read ‘Wild.’ I have not read the book that might be stoking a surge of new thru-hike attempts this year. (It’s on my library hold queue, though!) I hadn’t really heard of it until my friend Elly Blue asked, “Have you read Wild?” I sounded a… continue reading
Now that I have my gear squared away, I’ve started worrying more about food and resupply. I think I have that pretty figured out, but I’ve learned that you can’t outwit the gathered wisdom of PCT alumni. I fear that were I to share with them what I think I will be eating, they would… continue reading
Today I made a custom mitten pattern — everything I want, and nothing I don’t. It had to be dexterous for a mitten, and without stress points or bunching in the fist. I need to be able to hold handlebars or hiking poles comfortably. If you know mittens, you know this is a tall order…. continue reading
Since I happen to have had all three jackets in hand I thought I’d put together a side-by-side comparison. Break it down, Caroline-style. It might help you decide. Heck, it might help me decide. This fancy tech stuff is so hard to choose between.