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Outrunning Wildfires and Strange Encounters

Outrunning Wildfires and Strange Encounters

The trail caught fire again, but this time it was bigger. On our way out of White Pass, lightning struck yet again, and we were rerouted around the other side...

Oct 2, 2018 : Madi Landrum
More Sun than Rain: Mind-Set in Northern Washington

More Sun than Rain: Mind-Set in Northern Washington

Washington is notorious for throwing the kitchen sink of weather at thru-hikers. Despite being blessed with ideal hiking conditions for the first four months of my journey, I knew my...

Sep 26, 2018 : Rebecca Burns
Fourth Fake Zero Post PCT Analysis

Fourth Fake Zero Post PCT Analysis

Screw this brave face. The sadness comes in waves, or gusts of wind, and I'm scared the next one is going to blow me over. It just might. Tears live...

Sep 25, 2018 : Olympia
Book Six, Chapter Six – Five Days of the Smokebeard

Book Six, Chapter Six – Five Days of the Smokebeard

(With apologies to Redford and von Sydow) Sept. 12 We left Harlequin Bridge around 7, and got to High Bridge by 9:30. Seventh national park. My luck held for almost...

Sep 18, 2018 : Smokebeard
Going Solo: South Lake Tahoe to Donner Pass

Going Solo: South Lake Tahoe to Donner Pass

I last left off with the Still Together For the next two days heading toward Donner Pass, we continued to hike together. Up until this point, I didn't really think...

Sep 18, 2018 : Lindsey Gordon
Book Six, Chapter Five – Freakin’ Stehekin

Book Six, Chapter Five – Freakin’ Stehekin

Short post, more words than pics this time. There's really only so many pictures you can take in one day. But it's time for some contemplation and a day in...

Sep 18, 2018 : Smokebeard
Book Six, Chapter Four – The Top of the Ninth

Book Six, Chapter Four – The Top of the Ninth

I've been trying to decide of there's an appropriate metaphor for hiking the PCT. Maybe a baseball game? Announcer Joe: A haggard-looking Smokebeard takes the mound for the top of...

Sep 17, 2018 : Smokebeard
Surviving the End of a Trail Relationship

Surviving the End of a Trail Relationship

Sigh. Trail relationships. They are transient at worst, transformational at best. Perhaps you met someone early on in your hike who, within a matter of days, got to know the...

Sep 14, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
Hitting My Stride in Washington

Hitting My Stride in Washington

Four months ago, I stood under the blazing sun at the border of the US and Mexico, staring north. The thought of walking from Mexico to Canada was daunting and...

Sep 13, 2018 : Rebecca Burns
The Pros and Cons of Flip-Flopping the PCT

The Pros and Cons of Flip-Flopping the PCT

On Sept. 8, I hiked into Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Most hikers who reach this monument are finally done with their thru-hikes. For the past month, everyone around...

Sep 13, 2018 : Janel Gazelle