I’ve now hiked over 1600 miles on the PCT, and will be crossing the California-Oregon border in less than a week! I love California, but I’ll be so happy to hike out of here! The scenery for the last couple of weeks has been incredible – I’ve seen a geyser and boiling mud pots in Lassen National Park, admired the snowy peaks of Mt Shasta and the Trinity Alps, and seen my first bear – with two cubs! I got into Etna, CA yesterday afternoon and have enjoyed everything the town has to offer hikers: a trip to the brewpub, a milkshake at the drugstore soda counter, and pie for breakfast at the local diner.
Backpacking practice in Balboa Park April 22, 2012
On Sunday I took my tent, hiking poles, rope and stuff sacks full of stuff to Balboa Park to practice setting up my tent and hanging a food bag from a tree to keep it away from bears. Since it was Earth Day, there were a lot of people at the park, most giving me strange looks, and some stopping to ask what I was doing. A park ranger drove up while I was hanging my “food bag” from the tree, and when I explained that it was practice for an upcoming backpacking trip, he said “I’ve never seen anyone doing that before!” hmmm. I wonder where other city-dwellers practice this stuff?
Here are some of the things I learned:
My food bag hanging practice kit:
Beginning a Thru-Hiking Adventure April 12, 2012
My 2012 Pacific Trail Adventure starts in two weeks! I’ll be setting out from the Mexican border near Campo, CA with the goal of getting to Manning Park in British Columbia, Canada in about five months, before the winter snows start in the Cascade mountains. The trail is over 2600 miles long, with around 300,000 feet of elevation gain – it’s a long walk, and one I’ve been planning for for about 2 1/2 months – a much shorter time than many people, but I feel (almost) ready to get started. I’m looking forward to writing more about this epic journey!
Book Review: Pacific Crest Trailside Reader January 6, 2012
I’ve recently discovered The Mountaineers Books, a small published with a great catalog of books related to outdoor adventures. I just finished reading one of their recent releases, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader: California, and am itching to hit the trail!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A great compendium of historical and contemporary accounts of travel along the Pacific Crest Trail in California. The Trailside Reader offers a glimpse of the evolution of the California wilderness through US history and offers glimpses into the modern trail experience and culture. Fair warning, though: reading this book will only feed thru-hiking obsessions, and may result in the planning of extended backpacking trips!