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Category : PCT

The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,668 mile (4,294 km) trail running through the tallest mountain crests and volcanic peaks of California, Oregon, and Washington from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. I walked its entire length in 2013 and was back on trail for more casual fun in 2014 and 2015. In my opinion, it is a 16″ by 2,668 mile slice of heaven.

2013 PCT Finisher!

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

The Wall of Snow

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


On Saturday morning (10/5), I found Midnight Rider and Valentino headed the opposite way after an extremely harrowing episode on the south face of Rock Pass (mile 2646). She, her brother, and Rustic all thought they were going to die that night. The horse, “ass deep in snow,” and apparently frightened, began running off straight… continue reading

Goodbye for now, Lighthouse

Scottish hiker Lighthouse got off trail today. He chose not to walk the road to Canada after trying to posthole it for hours yesterday. He’s happy with his hike and all the friends he has made. I was there his first couple days hiking and I was around his last. He has hiked 2000 miles…. continue reading

Suiattle Soak

My adventurous birthday “novice backcountry” hike got a little hairy when someone took a dunk in the Suiattle River. This is sopping wet Cherub after her successful log crossing of that ferocious glacial river, on the old (disused due to a bridge washout) PCT. Happy birthday to me!


This photo cracks me up — Cherub summons the snow. “Comon, Snow!” She’s about to get her second snow, ever (she’s from South Africa). Piper Pass mile 2461 of the PCT


Sorry no posts – I have had trouble finding signal! Here’s the view from my camp perch, mile 2197.3