PCT Blog Posts

We achieved our dream of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. It was an adventure we will never forget. Below are all the links to our PCT blog posts, in order, for your reading pleasure.

Pre PCT
Less than 3 months to go
Wet weather training
Snow basics class
Planning a thru hike
1 day closer
The resupply shuffle

PCT Part One: THE DESERT
Day 1 – Green hills and mild temps
Day 2 – Takin it easy
Day 3 – Back on track
Day 4 – A wet one
Day 5 – Close encounters of the slithering kind
Day 6 – A zero in Carlsbad
Day 7 – Cloudy with a chance of meatballs
Day 8 – Walking through a desert wonderland
Day 9 – Our kind of 9 – 5
Day 10 – Keep moving forward
Day 11 – To paradise, and beyond!
Day 12 – Dirty 32
Day 13 – A zero in Idyllwild
Day 14 – Livin the high life
Day 15 – Down, down, down
Day 16 – An unexpected zero
Day 17 – Heading into the unknown
Day 18 – The unexpected
Day 19 – Nero into Big Bear
Day 20 – Ready, set, hike!
Day 21 – Sunday in the mountains
Day 22 – Deep Creek (Hot Springs)
Day 23 – Longest day yet
Day 24 – Three snakes and one soft serve
Day 25 – Walking home 
Day 26 & 27 – Two zeros in L.A.
Day 28 – Heavy legs and pounding hearts
Day 29 – What the hail
Day 30 – Enduring instead of enjoying
Day 31 – One month on the trail
Day 32 – Chasing Lasagna
Day 33 – Another zero in L.A.
Day 34 – Easin back in
Day 35 – We just walked 500 miles!
Day 36 – From the mountains to the aqueduct
Day 37 – Feelin the heat
Day 38 – A flora and fauna kind of day
Day 39 – Nero into Mojave
Day 40 – Post town lethargy
Day 41 – The day of snakes
Day 42 – What are we doing here?
Day 43 – A day at the beach
Day 44 – Our kind of nero
Day 45 – The mountains are changing
Day 46 – We can taste the Sierras
Day 47 – Goodbye desert, hello adventure!

PCT Part Two – THE SIERRA
Day 48 – First steps in snow
Day 49 – Driven out by the cold
Day 50 – A zero in lone pine
Day 51 – Waiting out the storm in Lone pine
Day 52 – Triple zero in Lone Pine
Day 53 – Oh SEKI, how we’ve missed you
Day 54 – PCT detour
Day 55 – Back where it all began – Mt. Whitney!
Day 56 – Shortest day yet
Day 57 – Forester, here we come
Day 58 – A nero into Independence
Day 59 – Tired and slow
Day 60 – A battered, bruised and humbling kind of day
Day 61 – Stay or go
Day 62 – The heat is on
Day 63 – Muir Pass and Evolution Creek
Day 64 – An easy day
Day 65 – Not havin fun anymore
Day 66 – The big choice

PCT Part Three – NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Day 67 – Relieved or remorseful
Day 68, 69 & 70 – Traveling north
Day 71 – Back in the woods we go
Day 72 – Norcal delivering the views
Day 73 – Cruising along
Day 74 – Lassen National Park
Day 75 – Birthday rain
Day 76 – Between two mountains
Day 77 – The dichotomy of a thru hike
Day 78 – A mixed bag kind of day
Day 79 – Hike naked day
Day 80 – Almost a marathon day
Day 81 – Poison oak hell
Day 82 – Andy gets his curry
Day 83 – Best campsite ever
Day 84 – It’s not all about the miles
Day 85 – Making progress, by going south?
Day 86 – The long slog
Day 87 – Nero into Etna
Day 88 – Marble Mountain beauty
Day 89 – The bad with the good
Day 90 – Small town, big feast
Day 91 – Last day in California

PCT Part Four – OREGON
Day 92 – Oregon and trail magic
Day 93 – First rest stop in Oregon
Day 94 – Halfway there!
Day 95 – A monotonous day
Day 96 – A wet obstacle course
Day 97 – The mental game
Day 98 – Chasing nana
Day 99 – Crater Lake zero
Day 100 – Rim trail alternate
Day 101 – Summer snow
Day 102 – The double dip
Day 103 – Shelter Cove nero
Day 104 – Halfway through Oregon
Day 105 – Land of the lakes – ie mosquitoville
Day 106 – A Tillamook kind of zero
Day 107 – Expansive views and magical springs
Day 108 – Ok Oregon, we’re sold
Day 109 – The day we couldn’t get going
Day 110 – Cold creeks and sad goodbyes
Day 111 – Our first 30
Day 112 – Eating our way down the trail
Day 113 – Walking into civilization
Day 114 – The day of alternates
Day 115 – To hike or to eat
Day 116 – It was a big day
Day 117 – Another whirlwind zero

PCT Part Five – WASHINGTON
Day 118 – First day in Washington
Day 119 – And we climb
Day 120 – Endless evergreens
Day 121 – A nero in paradise
Day 122 – Meditations and mountains
Day 123 – Are we back in Oregon?
Day 124 – Best day yet
Day 125 – Glorious Goat Rocks
Day 126 – Be like water
Day 127 – Beauty and the beast
Day 128 – Walking in a cloud
Day 129 –Purple fruit in a purple pack
Day 130 – Return of the heat
Day 131 – Showers, pie and cotton sheets
Day 132 – Saturday on the trail…
Day 133 – It’s official!
Day 134 – Berries, lakes and blue skies
Day 135 – Quick town stop
Day 136 – Washington aches and pains
Day 137 – The day that almost broke Andy
Day 138 – Smoke in our lungs
Day 139 – Tired, hot and grumpy
Day 140 – Because pie!
Day 141 – The long wait
Day 142 – Our feet keep marching
Day 143 – Disappointments and delights
Day 144 – Nearing the border
Day 145 – CANADA!!

PCT Part Six – RETURN TO THE SIERRA
Days 146 & 147 – Travel time
Day 148 – Back home in the Sierras
Day 149 – Leftovers, altitude and easy creek crossings
Day 150 – A blustery day on the John Muir Highway
Day 151 – Off the beaten path
Day 152 – Gorgeous lakes and beautiful mountains
Day 153 – Yosemite on Labor Day weekend
Day 154 – Granite and dusty trail
Day 155 – The literal ups and downs of trail life
Day 156 – Walking out of Yosemite
Day 157 – Nana resupply with a Thai twist
Day 158 – Leisurely mornings and cowbells
Day 159 – Lessons in late season hiking
Day 160 – Carson Pass and the Tahoe Rim Trail
Day 161 – More Thai food, granite and lakes
Day 162 – Four lakes and a pass
Day 163 – Morning snow, evening show
Day 164 – Safeway and a shower
Day 165 – Best lunch yet
Day 166 – Enjoying the little things
Day 167 – Disappointments and delights
Day 168 – Hot springs and a hot climb
Day 169 – Down, down, down
Day 170 – Hot and buggy
Day 171 – All dots connected; PCT complete!

Post PCT
Now it feels real
PCT by the numbers
Re-entry is the pits
Re-entry is the pits – Part 2
Best and worst of the trail
Unforeseen lessons of the trail
Gear review Part 1
Gear review Part 2
Gear review Part 3
Favorite piece of gear
Apps, maps and guidebooks review
Advice from a thru hiker
Food review, Part 1 – breakfast
Food review, Part 2 – mid morning snacks and lunches
Food review, Part 3 – snacks
Food review, Part 4 – dinner
Food review, Part 5 – bars, bars, bars
Hiking as a couple
One year anniversary

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