Introduction to the Sierra

After a two-week break following he completion of the Southern California portion of the PCT, I left Kennedy Meadows on May 17th, bound for Chicken Spring Lake--the first true alpine lake on the Sierra PCT. I was headed to join three other thru-hikers for a six-day advanced snow skills course. Our mission: to acquire a grab bag of skills to ensure a safe and successful hike through the next 300 miles of Sierras wilderness during the highest snow year on record for California in the past several decades.

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Reflections on Southern California

I have arrived at one of the most famous locations and milestones along the trail: Kennedy Meadows General Store. It is an unassuming little gas stop and store in the tiny ranch community of Kennedy Meadows, but for PCT hikers, it marks the end of the desert portion of the PCT and stands as the "Gateway to the Sierra”.

Mile 703 marks the turn-off point for Kennedy Meadows, but I could feel the moment I entered the Sierra...

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Wonderful Water

Another quick, picture-laden post. I have received questions about how I am obtaining water. Here is a visual guide!

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The 2017 California Superbloom: PCT Edition

High amounts of rain and snow in California this year have led to an abundance of water, a recharging of the landscape, and spectacular flowers! Here they are...

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The Perks and Disadvantages of Being Ahead

"You're early!"

A gray minivan slows and swerves over to the side of the road we're walking on. A smiley, middle-aged couple is seated in the front. The husband speaks again, "Headed to the Saufley's*? We're their neighbors. We're headed home from dinner...we can give you a ride!"

That ride saved us a huge amount of road walking after an already tiring day on trail. But it's not the focus of this post...his comment is. Since beginning at the border, I've heard it consistently in towns and as we pass by people on the trail...

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