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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
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
Prof on the PCT: Desert Part 2 and Prepping for the Sierra

Prof on the PCT: Desert Part 2 and Prepping for the Sierra

I'm writing on day 52 (mile 745) from a motel in Lone Pine after a short night of hot sleep. We weren't planning on staying in town, but we got...

Jun 24, 2019 : Carl Stanfield
Arizona Rocks

Arizona Rocks

If Pennsylvania is where boots go to die, the Arizona Trail is surely where they rot in hell.

Sep 22, 2018 : Siobhan Sheridan
Long Days Taking in the Enchantment of the Basin

Long Days Taking in the Enchantment of the Basin

The Great Divide Basin in Wyoming is a section of trail road that not too many hikers speak highly of.  This is due to the heat, exposure, and lack of...

Jul 29, 2018 : Brian Cornell
Out of the Desert After Struggles with Heat, Injuries

Out of the Desert After Struggles with Heat, Injuries

I am currently in Kennedy Meadows, resting and celebrating the fact that I am out of the desert and heading into the Sierra. I had some serious struggles throughout the...

Jun 28, 2018 : Brittney Heath
A Comparison of Cows and Hikers

A Comparison of Cows and Hikers

Despite the obvious differences of how many legs we choose to walk on and the fact that hikers aren’t shot in the head when they get old and fat enough,...

May 26, 2018 : Brian Cornell
Into the Silver City

Into the Silver City

The walk out of Lordsburg was full of sunshine and flat miles.  I did not mind the easy walking; however, we left town at 2 p.m. during the heat of...

May 6, 2018 : Brian Cornell