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 then last year didn't go according to plan. With any luck, I'll be heading SOBO on the PCT in July 2021. --Richard-- somehikes.com

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Fires and Tendons and Bears

Fires and Tendons and Bears

A journey of 1000 miles will probably seem longer if it begins with plantar fasciitis. A few months before starting the PCT, I woke up one morning,

Sep 21, 2021 : Richard
Failure of Imagination

Failure of Imagination

After moving to the USA, one of my first solo camping trip was to the San Francisco Peaks. I grew up in the UK, where the most dangerous thing I

May 3, 2021 : Richard
Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

In February 2008, I moved from Phoenix to San Diego to start a new job. During the weeks that followed, the economy began to experience a downturn

May 30, 2020 : Richard
My Phone May not Survive 2,650 Miles

My Phone May not Survive 2,650 Miles

Long before my first smartphone, I owned a "personal digital assistant." I bought a PDA because I was tired of keeping a pile of post-it notes. So

Mar 9, 2020 : Richard
Midlife Crisis? Possibly

Midlife Crisis? Possibly

After giving a lot of thought to hiking the PCT, I'd had plenty of time to consider the practicalities. I would be quitting my job, obviously.

Feb 10, 2020 : Richard
I Need a Bigger Bear Canister

I Need a Bigger Bear Canister

My shakedown hike on the John Muir Trail highlighted several gear issues, but in this post I'm going to focus on the bear canister. In particular,

Jan 12, 2020 : Richard
Solo Hiking: An Opportunity for Self-Reflection

Solo Hiking: An Opportunity for Self-Reflection

A few months ago, I read a post by a solo female hiker (SFH) who's had some bad experiences when interacting with men. It's possible that she's just

Dec 17, 2019 : Richard
PCT-Inspired Playlists

PCT-Inspired Playlists

A few years ago, I was passing through Death Valley in late January. While I was at the visitors center, I asked the ranger about trail conditions on

Nov 18, 2019 : Richard
We Don’t Get Nine Lives

We Don’t Get Nine Lives

A little obvious, I know. But have you ever been in a situation when time seems to slow down? It happens as soon as you perceive that you're in

Oct 21, 2019 : Richard
Three Reasons Why

Three Reasons Why

Why did you decide to hike the Pacific Crest Trail? Here are my top three reasons. There's at least one more, but I'll leave that for another

Sep 24, 2019 : Richard