RIP Brooks Cascadias: Finding New Shoes for the PCT

Kyle and I hiked the majority of the AT in Brooks Cascadia 7s.  We both started in boots, figuring that during those first few cold wet months we would want to keep our feet dry and our boots, paired with tall waterproof gaiters, did just that.  But around Virginia it started to get hot and […]

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The Dehydration Games: May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor

In this post I hope to give you an overview of how to dehydrate different foods and some insight into how we are planning on dehydrating all of our meals for the PCT.  First step, get a dehydrator.  Two years ago for my birthday Kyle got me an Excalibur 5 door dehydrator and although some people […]

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The Myths and Facts About Hiking as a Couple

When Kyle and I tell people we hiked for five months together and that we are planning on doing it again people tend to stare at us, mouths hanging open, before quickly recovering and exclaiming, “That’s amazing you didn’t kill each other!” and many people quickly declare that if they spent that much time with […]

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PCT Planning Update

Alright, since we last talked about planning I have accomplished a number of tasks and began to formulate some new plans.  In this post I am going to touch on the following topics: Start date Wilderness First Responder course Yogi’s book review (in conjunction with Halfmile’s maps) Craig’s PCT Planner Mail Drops What is next? Start […]

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We Aren’t Hiking the PCT Because of Wild (But It’s Okay If You Are)

  As someone who is planning a thru hike of the PCT I have been worrying about something lately that has been termed the Wild Effect by the PCTA.  The Wild Effect was coined by the PCTA before the movie came out to talk about the positive impacts that Wild was/is going to have on the […]

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You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

These are some of the questions we are commonly asked about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. What is the PCT? In general, about half the people we talk to have no idea what the PCT is.  Some people have a vague understanding or have heard the name but don’t know much more than that.  I usual […]

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(More Gear) Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Kyle and I have made a couple more gear changes for the PCT that we want to update you on. Cooking System Old cook system: Snowpeak Trek 1400ml TI pot– 7.4oz MSR Superfly stove– 4.6oz Two Snowpeak TI sporks– 1.2oz 1 8oz canister of isobutane fuel (enough fuel for 5-8 days) Total weight: 21.2oz New […]

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#Startgate: Decisions, Decisions…

So far Kyle and mine’s biggest decision we have to make about the PCT is when to start. We have two important dates that are like bookends on our hike, the only problem being they aren’t ideally spaced…  My brother Cameron graduates from college May 7, 2016 and Kyle’s very good friend Chris (who actually hiked with […]

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Sharing is Caring: The Double Quilt

I had been scheming about the switch from sleeping bags to quilts for a while.  Not just quilts actually, but one double quilt, one giant quilt for Kyle and I to share.  On trail we share lots of things.  We eat out of the same pot, we share the same toothbrush, we hand off one […]

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