August 15 Mileage 13 Mile 1883.5 to mile 1896.5
It's 1:26 in the morning; Cooper gets here at 5 a.m. to drive me (generous friend!) to the airport for my flight to LA. My list is black with pencil slashes and I'm almost done with everything I need to do; no sleep for me on this last night before the wilderness. Still I won't … Continue reading So exhausted. So close.
I leave in three days. Three days. On Saturday morning I get on a plane to LA, hang out with Finn for the day, and then Sunday I start the hike, in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the desert, way down at the bottom of California, which is unfathomable. I won't be … Continue reading Preparing for the PCT: Resupply boxes FTW
I've been doing that thing every night where you go into a trance staring at your computer looking at gear trying to figure out the exact combination of things that will somehow transcend all of your anticipated hardship and the right before three a.m. when the screen starts to go blurry you just buy some … Continue reading Preparing for the PCT: The big three (final version)
My kickstarter campaign ended a few hours ago, at $3,869! I can't believe we did it! This means that after I pay kickstarter 10%, I'll have $3,482. I was imagining that my campaign would just make it to $3,500, so after fees I would have $3,150. This is of course much less than I need … Continue reading We did it! And deep thoughts about lightweight gear.
Planning where I should mail my resupply packages to along the 2600 miles of the PCT should be really confusing and overwhelming. It should take days of exhaustive research and it should require a good amount of crossed fingers and educated guessing. But it's not, and it doesn't. That's because Yogi's guides exist. Yogi is … Continue reading Preparing for the PCT: planning my resupply stops
I got my popcan stove in the mail today! Here I show you my tiny backpacking kitchen in action. And there are only four days left on my kickstarter campaign! It's 50% funded right now, If this thing isn't funded by April 2nd the project won't happen. The book is going to be many things- … Continue reading Preparing for the PCT: video update! my tiny backpacking kitchen in action
The camp kitchen is one area where the philosophy of lightweight backpacking really shines. It's actually super easy and not genuinely not expensive to have a backpacking kitchen that weighs only a couple of ounces in its entirety. And ultralight backpacking stoves, the shining stars of the lightweight backpacking galaxy, are everything that you want … Continue reading Preparing for the PCT: My wee backpacking kitchen
The first backpacking trip I ever went on, the Resurrection Pass trail in Alaska, was a forty-mile walk through a flower-filled alpine meadow that crossed the Kenai Peninsula on the ridges of the Kenai Mountains. It was a pretty simple hike, as far as backpacking trips go- tree-line in Alaska is low (it gets lower … Continue reading Preparing for the PCT: Footwear
How do you train to walk 2600 miles? I’m a professional dog walker, so I walk a couple of hours every day. That’s the bulk of my training. I also bike and run, but not every day. I used to do intense cardio every day, but then when I started dog walking so much I … Continue reading Preparing for the PCT: Training