Future PCT thru-hikers: Are you MENTALLY prepared to spend a half year in the backcountry? Although dialing in your gear, getting in shape, and finalizing your logistics are all important steps in preparing for a PCT thru-hike, in terms of finishing the trail, nothing is more important than strengthening your mindset prior to reaching Campo. Luckily, there is a resource that will prepare you for this most crucial aspect: “Pacific Crest Trials: A Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail” by @zrdavis and @carly.moree. Check the link in our profile to learn more. #trekthepct#thetrek#pacificcresttrials
Day 4: By sunrise I was still frozen and at best I had only minutes of sleep, but I survived that first cold night in Mt. Laguna’s bathroom. As soon as the cafe opened, all of us hikers poured inside to warm up over coffee. For the rest of the day, my brother and I scoured our smart phones for potential motel and AirB&B rooms we could rent and dry out in the night. But the majority of hikers and fled off trail and all the rooms were taken.
With another nasty night ahead, I went back to the campground and reset up our shelter, bit in a new layout with a stronger pitch and additional pullouts, hopefully this one wouldn’t collapse too! Later at dinner though, the cafe informed all of us thru-hikers that we could sleep on their warm floor that night. As moderately determined I was to try out the new setup... I jumped at the opportunity of a warm shelter and instead slept inside with everyone else.
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Green and snowy. The NorCal mix
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Each and every day I’m thinking about my #PCT thru hike. Whether I’m researching gear, looking at maps, or planning my resupplies, my entire heart is being poured into this adventure. My feelings bounce back and forth in every direction, but through it all I know one thing - the trail is calling me. 78 days 🙌🏻
7.20.17 day 76 24 miles :: Who would have thought I would slow down to enjoy a rave in Belden. Should I stop to smell the roses? I think so. Half way baby!
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It's always the right time to get out there & hike your legs right off. Well, maybe keep your legs attached so you can hike home & share photos with us...but it is always the right time to get outdoors, to explore the world & to expand your horizons.
So what's stopping you!? Get your next hiking adventure on the calendar & get stoked! ⛰️🏕️ #hikerchat#getoutdoors [PC: @timeforahike ]
Super stoked to hike through the cascades this summer along the PCT. 75 days until I hit the trail down in the desert #hype
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Some places just steal your heart. The PCT will always be home to me, and stopping by to show it some loving on this roadtrip is a legitimate highlight to the nearly 40 hours spent driving myself across the country. The trail, and Cascade Locks in particular, are such special places with so many fond memories. I can't wait to get back out and hike the trail FOR REAL again soon! #pct2018#sexysectionhiker
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I design and make most of my gear, so for the PCT I created an asym hammock rain tarp that could convert to a small ground tarp for the desert. I thought carefully about my setup and all the conditions I might expect; but a blizzard in the desert was not one of them.
On the third day into our hike, it snowed hard! The winds wiped frigid snow around the tarp and into our faces. We wrapped our bag and heads with our cuben fiber ponchos in hopes of blocking it, but the cold would always find its way in. By 1am our rain tarp had collapsed and a 4” blanket of heavy wet snow was resting on us. Our clothes were damp from the morning showers, faces numb from the arctic blasts, down quilts collapsing from the moisture in the wet snow and finally sandwiched under a frozen blanket.
Frozen through, I took off to the bathrooms for a brief reprieve. I grabbed the first door and burst inside... it was a shower. On the bench I unthawed and realized, I could sleep there. It wasn’t much warmer then outside, but it was dry and without wind. I returned back to our shelter to find my brother shivering under the blanket of snow, too stubborn to concede his manliness to me and admit discomfort to his hardened and experienced thru-hiking brother. So I grabbed him and we each took our own shower. The next morning we awoke to find 80% of the hikers in Mt. Laguna had also bailed to the bathrooms in the night.
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Early Desert. Working on a little video covering the first couple hundred miles of the #PacificCrestTrail and getting all the feels 🔥. Can anyone guess the location of this photo? Hint: burgers. Which reminds me, they had a vegan one ✌️.
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Why I'm hiking. New post at The Trek. http://thetrek.co/pacific-crest-trail/why-hike-the-pct. Link in profile.
July 2, 2016. Pacific Crest Trail. Near Mile 836. Day 76. After sleeping a solid 10 hours (I’m never more rested than on trail), we strapped on our Microspikes and headed up to the snowline to get over Muir Pass in King’s Canyon National Park. We hiked through crevasses, over snow bridges, across streams, and around glacial ponds and waterfalls created by snowmelt. The terrain was actually more fun than dangerous. And we really didn’t need our Microspikes because the snow was softened by the sun, but wore them anyway since we weren’t getting our money’s worth so far in the Sierras. Pictured is The Neighborhood regular @jeffreyjoseph.jr leading the charge up and over the pass.
Just like when your hiking and someone says, "how much further," and the answer is always, "eh, mile, mile and a half." Christmas this year has always been a mile, mile and a half away. But no longer because today it's Christmas for us, woohoo! ;)
We had an awesome view of Mt. Lassen from the campsite. Lassen and it’s surrounding areas will be one of our next destinations. I’m a little nervous about having to be extra cautious about bears, though. But I’m hoping I can at least get some good shots of them ☺️❤️ 🐻
#SummitSaturday featuring @ryankodakbrown - "Continuing our stroll down the Pacific Crest Trail, we arrive at the famous Goat Rocks Wilderness:
Here I stand in splendour overjoyed at the majesty of this place. We worked hard climbing the steep mountain as fast as our feeble legs would carry us. Our goal is a fabled campsite on the Knife's Edge.
We watch the sun sinking as we hike 'round the ridgeline. It was sketchy. Mystery Man posed for a photo below some cliffs. Loose rocks tumbled down missing him by inches. Shaky legs settle. We continue on.
Just as we reach our destination, the sun sets the world ablaze. A thin cloud of smoke amplifies the color, a brilliant gold that fades to red as hot as lava. You would think that Mt. Rainier, looming large across the valley, was erupting.
Then, as darkness reigns, the full moon rises to pierce the shroud of night. We setup camp thankful for more than just the light.
This moment is a highlight of my life, not just 2017. What truly made the moment special, however, was the company I was with. Without Mystery Man there beside me, it was just another sunset in another beautiful place. What was it Christopher Mccandless scratched into the side of that bus?" #happinessrealwhenshared#anxiety#endthestigma#pacificcresttrail#trekthepct#thetrek#pctsobo#pctig#sunset#mountainscape#backpacking