California

Did I Really Do That?

Did I Really Do That?

It’s been a week since I ended my SOBO PCT thru-hike. I made it to Mexico! I touched the terminus. I walked from Canada! It’s surreal.  I remember my last...

Dec 18, 2021 : Janine
Winter in SoCal…

Winter in SoCal…

It’s here.  The very end of my southbound thru-hike, less than 30 miles to go. The end has not been without its intense difficulties.  I thought I had experienced all the...

Dec 10, 2021 : Janine
Idyllwild – A Love Story

Idyllwild – A Love Story

Under 200 miles to go on my SOBO thru-hike, and let me tell you, my body knows it. My sacrum “went out” and my low-back muscles started to seize and...

Dec 1, 2021 : Janine
My Ode to the Desert

My Ode to the Desert

Dearest SoCal: I knew you were beautiful, but had no idea the true extent of your beauty. I knew you’d be hard, but didn’t grasp the extent of your difficulty....

Nov 13, 2021 : Janine
Hiking Alone: Welcome or Avoided?

Hiking Alone: Welcome or Avoided?

The California section of my SOBO thru-hike has been interesting, to say the least. Early on in Washington and Oregon, I had the pleasure of having people around, sometimes to...

Nov 7, 2021 : Janine
How To Support Your Thru-Hiking Friend

How To Support Your Thru-Hiking Friend

If you know someone thru-hiking, you probably know that it is a major undertaking, not just of time, but resources. Not just money. It’s planning, coordinating; it can be a...

Oct 27, 2021 : Janine
A Tale of 12,000ft Passes – Part I

A Tale of 12,000ft Passes – Part I

Ok, so now I’m getting into the Sierras.  In my first stretch I tackled Mt Whitney and Forrester Pass, the latter the day following the former. It was a decision...

Oct 2, 2021 : Janine
Goodbye PCT, Hello Colorado Trail!

Goodbye PCT, Hello Colorado Trail!

A lot has changed since I last posted, including the trail I’m hiking! I restarted at Sonora Pass as planned the day after my last post. Between the elevation change...

Sep 13, 2021 : Ellie B.
Ore-Gone But Not Forgotten: Skipping Around Fires and my 50 Mile Day

Ore-Gone But Not Forgotten: Skipping Around Fires and my 50 Mile Day

Well, that's depressing. I just calculated how many miles I've actually hiked versus how many I have had to skip (below). While I knew the general ballpark it's painful to...

Aug 29, 2021 : Ellie B.
COVID-19 Contingency Plan: Four Other Hikes to Consider

COVID-19 Contingency Plan: Four Other Hikes to Consider

Seeing thru-hikers cancel or postpone their hikes due to COVID-19 is heartbreaking. Considering my thru-hike of the JMT begins on July 16, I wouldn't be surprised if it's canceled. In...

Mar 30, 2020 : Chad Lubinski