Richard

Useless fact: I named my left quad "brute-force" and my right quad "ignorance". Alternative fact: originally from the UK, I've lived in the USA for over twenty years. I've spent most of my trail-time in the western states of the US, but also hiked in Scotland, Canada and New Zealand. I planned on being in the PCT class of 2020, but had to postpone. My 2021 SOBO attempt was interrupted by fires and closures. Third time's the charm. --Richard-- somehikes.com

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Ignoring A Fire Closure Order

Ignoring A Fire Closure Order

During my southbound hike of the PCT in 2021, I spoke to several NOBOs who'd hiked through the area that was still closed following the Lionshead

Nov 29, 2022 : Richard
The Limits Of A CNOC Vecto And Sawyer Mini

The Limits Of A CNOC Vecto And Sawyer Mini

My CNOC Vecto worked perfectly for almost two years and sprang a leak after about 150 days of backpacking. As shown in the picture above, the leak is

Nov 22, 2022 : Richard
Gear Failures And Fixes

Gear Failures And Fixes

Some backpacking gear is consumable, and I expect it'll need to be replaced during a thru-hike. Other gear, I've always assumed to be durable enough

Nov 15, 2022 : Richard
The Best-Laid Plans, Part Two

The Best-Laid Plans, Part Two

After a boring day's drive up the I-84, and a left turn just before Mount Hood, I arrived at the Frog Lake Trailhead early in the evening. My plan

Nov 8, 2022 : Richard
The Best-Laid Plans, Part One

The Best-Laid Plans, Part One

Dunsmuir is a nice place, but it doesn't have many accommodation options. My hotel wasn't as expensive as the one in Chester, but my credit card

Nov 1, 2022 : Richard
Unleashed Dogs And Inconsiderate Owners

Unleashed Dogs And Inconsiderate Owners

I guessed it wasn't just me. Per the PCTA, "We’ve all been startled by an unleashed dog running at us while on trail." I've been harassed by several

Oct 25, 2022 : Richard
Lady Luck Gets Involved

Lady Luck Gets Involved

Hiking through the area that burned in 2021's Dixie Fire, I was dirtier than usual. Every footstep produced a small puff of fine dust, which stuck to

Oct 18, 2022 : Richard
The Hundred-Mile Fire-Pit

The Hundred-Mile Fire-Pit

The night before I was due to reach Sierra City, conditions were hot and humid, so I stopped at a water source early the next morning. Soon

Oct 11, 2022 : Richard
Bites, Stings, And Other Things

Bites, Stings, And Other Things

In general, I prefer dry-camping to sleeping near a water source. Carrying extra water is a small price to pay for the chance of a campsite with a

Oct 4, 2022 : Richard
No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land

Running: it's a lot like walking, except you get there quicker. If you're thinking about training in preparation for the PCT, I'd recommend you start

Sep 27, 2022 : Richard