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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.

Everybody Does It

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

Billy Goat’s Cave

Me after a very comfy cozy nite in Billy Goat’s cave. Most other hikers are surprised I camped in there! But a storm came in and I had no shelter with me so I was hoping to fit in the cave. To get there and find it empty was a shock. All mine! Rain blew… continue reading

San Diego – Scout and Frodo’s

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

Why I am walking the PCT

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

I Love Snow

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

Mittens!

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

Insulated Down Jackets, Compared

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.

My Guest Post on the Sewaholic Blog!

This week was I featured as a guest writer on someone else’s blog! It was pretty cool of Tasia of Sewaholic to invite me to write about my experience sewing a waterproof jacket. I was anxious to share more details and photographs about DIY waterproof outerwear because when I went hunting on the web I… continue reading

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