The (Not) NorCal Blues

The (Not) NorCal Blues

After leaving the Sierra Nevada mountains, it is known that many thru hikers struggle with the “NorCal Blues.” A time on trail when you still have months of hiking to...

Jul 2, 2024 : Hannah Goodman
NoCal Blues

NoCal Blues

When talking about different sections of the trail: the desert is hot, the Sierra is beautiful and demanding, Oregon you will fly through, Washington is stunning but what about Northern...

Jul 2, 2024 : Sakari McGregor
PCT Hiker Missing for Over 2 Months, Authorities Begin Search

PCT Hiker Missing for Over 2 Months, Authorities Begin Search

Authorities are seeking information from the PCT community about a missing thru-hiker, identified as Robert Budinski, who was last seen on April 15 at the base of Black Mountain Road...

Jul 1, 2024 : Ariella Nardizzi
John Mackey, Whole Foods Co-Founder, on His Thru-Hiking Experience, Co-Owning Gossamer Gear, and Entrepreneurship (BPR #260)

John Mackey, Whole Foods Co-Founder, on His Thru-Hiking Experience, Co-Owning Gossamer Gear, and Entrepreneurship (BPR #260)

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, brought to you by Helinox we are joined by John Mackey. On trail he's known as "Strider", off trail he's...

Jul 1, 2024 : Backpacker Radio
Mount Whitney

Mount Whitney

There is something about climbing tall peaks that makes you rethink your life choices.  It was eleven PM when my alarm went off. You’ve got to be kidding me. Was...

Jun 30, 2024 : Daniel and Lizzy
700 Miles! Out of the Desert and into the Sierras

700 Miles! Out of the Desert and into the Sierras

The desert section of the Pacific Crest Trail seemed to go on forever. And the last two parts from Tahachapi through Ridgecrest, California ended up being the driest on the...

Jun 30, 2024 : Becky Wandell
My lonely Flip-Flop

My lonely Flip-Flop

Tehachapi to Cajon Pass The decision Emergency meeting in Idyllwild: ten or more hikers are sitting around in a restaurant discussing what to do next. It is the beginning of...

Jun 29, 2024 : Tammo Braun
From Tehachapi to Bishop; Miles 558 to 832

From Tehachapi to Bishop; Miles 558 to 832

Desert Won't Quite Let Go This part of the trail has been the most difficult section mentally and emotionally.  I caught a ride to  Tehachapi Pass around mid-day and it...

Jun 28, 2024 : Jerry CrampPa Tillman
Hiker Hunger is Real

Hiker Hunger is Real

Food.  Among hikers, that’s almost all we talk about. We compare cooking and cold-soak recipes. We pass on what we’ve heard about upcoming restaurants. We revel in real food received...

Jun 28, 2024 : Becky Wandell
New App Offers Real-Time PCT Closure Updates

New App Offers Real-Time PCT Closure Updates

In a significant development for PCT thru-hikers, the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) has launched a free smartphone app and website designed to keep hikers informed in real time about

Jun 27, 2024 : Ariella Nardizzi