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Nick Belcaster

Adventure Writer PCT '18 👣 📷: Sony a6000 "You won't find reasonable men on the tops of tall mountains"

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Like a matchstick // Pulling together research and studies today and can't help but notice that California is on fire. Again. In November. Even looking at this photo tastes like smoke.
That, kids, is whatcha call a thruhiker tan! 📷: @junki_pcthiker
Baker Film Fest got me like 🏂
Shoulder season is just about upon us in the Pacific Northwest, which means the weather ain't great for doing too much. I wouldn't mind being back here on our longest mileage day...
Part of processing the PCT has been stirring up story ideas, and photos like this really get me thinking about the nature of fire in the West. I wonder if the thru-hikers of the 70s ever had to deal with such raucous fire seasons, or even the concept of a "megafire."
This To-Do list just keeps getting longer and longer...
Had some fun today doing route overlays for a trip report on Mt Larrabee. Something I should keep doing?
"Yo hikertrash!" Got spied by some fellow thruhikers as we were hiking out to Shi Shi to spend the night. Guess you can take the thruhiker off the trail, but can't take the trail out of the thruhiker...
Mining for gold in the North Cascades ⛏
Hmmm might be time to go with the ever elusive and Cascades-classic "crampons on left foot, rock shoe on right foot" beta...
Lead the Way 📍
Got to streeeeetch out the 'ol trail legs yesterday with a 20-mile alpine Enchantments thru-tromp. You know you really got the full value of the day when you start and end it wearing a headlamp....
And it only took scrambling up a loose pile of rusty razorblades to get this view. Solid day on Mt Larrabee, but now I understand why it's so seldom climbed...
Been doing a lot of soul searching since jumping off the PCT prematurely. It was a difficult choice, but after hitting Trout Lake it was clear that we'd had about enough for this year. We had hiked some 1,500 miles across the deserts and mountains of California, Oregon and Washington, made lifetime friends, saw beauty in the minutiae and grandness of the wilderness, and it was incredible. I'm not done with the PCT yet, already planning the come-back tour, but for now I'm keeping busy doing things like this. It was a wild ride, and I can't wait to do it all over again.
Radio silence lately, but have been getting the rest I hadn't even realized we so desperately needed. Here's the scoop: Got sick with an upper respitory infection leaving Shelter Cove and dipped off trail to Bend, then jumped up to near Portland to join some family friends and recuperate. Headed to Trail Days tomorrow and hope to see a lot of familiar faces, then hiking across the home state! WA here we come.
There's a trail under all these blowdowns, trust me. I swear I left it right here...
I think we've been out in these woods a bit too long...
Me: Got any trees? State of Oregon, dressed in flannel: Ye-up. We got trees.
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