The First 500: A collection of photographs from the PCT
Today marks my two-month trailiversarry and, being only 566 miles in, it’s safe to say I’m taking my sweet time. Sure I’ve knocked out a few 20 mile days here and there but I’ve been finding myself taking impromptu zero days and soaking in the culture of the PCT. From the people to the quaint trail towns there are endless reasons why I’m going so “slow” and loving every minute of it.
A lot of folks out here seem to be under the impression that they need to be doing 20+ miles everyday or are on some sort of deadline. Personally, the challenge for me isn’t doing big miles, it’s trying to capture the essence of the PCT through a lense. When I finished my Appalachian Trail thru hike I’d lay awake at night dreaming of being back on trail and out here on the Pacific Crest Trail I’m dreaming with my eyes wide open. Since writing has never really been my forte I figured it best to share my experience through photographs. Without further ado, I present to you a small taste of the PCT.
Like many other hikers, my journey began at Scout and Frodo’s in San Diego. After being shuttled to the Southern Terminus in Campo, CA we posed for this group photo. The shadows of the trail angels really show that while the hikers are setting off on an epic journey, there’s more going on behind the scenes within the community.
Fellow hiker and photographer Snap enjoying a vista. You can check out some of his photos HERE.
Coming into Cabazon there was a 3 mile stretch of sand that was reminiscent of walking on a beach. It was 105 degrees out that day and this underpass was the first shade you encountered. Here my girlfriend Hiccup is recooperating from the harsh stretch.
On May 4th we decided to go full on May the 4th be with you mode. While we were short a few lighsabers we purchased some souvenirs from the big dinosaur in Cabazon and ended up creating a pretty sweet long exposure while listening to the Star Wars soundtrack.
This is Spirit Wolf. He works for the forest service and we got to have a nice chat about how animals interact with humans on the trail. The night before there was a mountain lion in camp and he compared it to a curious child.
The Mojave Desert is known for being a very hot stretch of trail. Our group decided to try and beat the heat by hiking the 17 mile section at night. The moon was full so we seldomly had to use our headlamps. Here’s fellow hiker Marble taking a quick break and posing for a picture.
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