10/19/19 If mice run over me in the night, I do not feel it. Another perfect eight hours of sleep, squirreled away against the ravages of waking life. My little pocket thermometer says 39 degrees so it is warmer in this cabin than outside. We did good. The sun rises over the huge wooden tram … Continue reading L2H day 7: six thousand feet down to Carls Jr
10/18/19 I sleep for eight pure hours, curled in a ball against the cold under the bright moon, and when I wake I feel like I’ve won the lottery. It’s dark and I can just make out the forms of the others, sitting up in their sleeping bags, rustling around. We’re quiet. It’s quiet. The … Continue reading L2H day 6: stayin’ active, that’s the thing
10/17/19 The beady dark eyes of a small mouse shine in the moonlight. The mouse is crouched beneath a creosote bush. It darts out across the open space of a campsite. Its moonshadow follows close behind. Out from behind the brick bathroom building comes another mouse. There’s a single dorito, discarded beneath a picnic table. … Continue reading L2H day 5: the puzzle of Darwin canyon
And it happens to be vegan and gluten free. Here is a sick video of some bean soup- this is from my 4 week PCT Thru-Hiking course, which begins January 4th- click here for more deets, and to reserve your spot!
10/16/19 I'm awake at 6 a.m. Fuck. This cot is still bliss, though. Resting is bliss, even if I can't sleep. What does it even mean to sleep? What does it even mean to have a body? I lay still for another hour, watching the light lose its softness and then I sit up, into … Continue reading L2H day 4: sparrows vs. dove
10/15/19 I am just warm enough. My pad partly deflates and I toss and turn, making unfortunate potato chip noises. When the alarm goes off I play Papa Roach on my phone, making my friends laugh. Gets em every time. We find the explosion of trees in the wash that signals water, somewhere, somewhere there … Continue reading L2H day 3: the land of zero texture
10/14/19 The alarm on my phone goes off at 5 a.m. and wakes me into a world that is suspiciously like yesterday. Dark. Dry. Moony. I slept maybe five hours? Well. I select Eye of the Tiger in my music and turn the volume up all the way. The others laugh themselves awake. We need … Continue reading L2H day 2: mountaineering but make it pinyon forest
10/12/19 I wake at 6 a.m. in my van in the bright desert somewhere west of phoenix. I pull the magnetic covers from the windows, letting in the light. I drove here from Tucson last night in a fog, so tired I could hardly keep my eyes open. I'd spent the previous night awake, waiting … Continue reading L2H day 0-1: full moon in Aries
Hey all, I'm teaching an online workshop on how to hike the PCT! This four week, self-guided course begins January 4, 2020. Each week, participants will receive instructional videos, reading material and homework. You will be able to watch the videos when you want to and work at your own pace, and complete the materials … Continue reading How to Hike The PCT: An Online Course
Long Distance Hiking Zine #4, the zine of my recent (and second!) thru-hike of the Lowest to Highest Route, as well as my adventures in the Alaskan Arctic this summer, is here!! 20k words, plus 10 prints of my photos from those trips. I already sold out of the 200 copies I usually print, so … Continue reading Long Distance Hiking Zine #4 is here!