I am an environmental research scientist, currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. I grew up hiking, climbing, and canyoning in Australia's Blue Mountains. In a moment of inspiration - or madness, depending who you ask - my partner and I decided to hike the PCT in 2019. It was the most outrageous and life-changing adventure I could have hoped for.
Fast flowing rivers are among the most dangerous hazards that hikers regularly negotiate in the backcountry. This post outlines the tactics and techniques to more safely cross swollen creeks and rivers.