The Day Before The Last Day

When we woke up in the morning our tent was frozen. The inside appeared to be covered in condensation but upon closer investigation it was clear that every water droplet was frozen solid. The tarp was stiff and basically impossible to fold up. We hurried away our dry gear into our packs and figured out […]

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A Lucky Break

Our day out of Stehekin felt like an extended cloud break. All day clouds swirled around us, hovering above mountains, storming somewhere over there, darkening and lightening and somehow not raining on us. We stayed appropriately pessimistic, never quite trusting that we were in the clear. The day was one extended climb, slowly heading up […]

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Raindrops Falling On My Head

We woke to the sound of raindrops hitting the tarp above our tent. Both of us were immediately thankful we had taken the time to set it up the night before. We were also not exactly stoked to get out of our tent and start the hike into Stehekin. It was only twelve miles but […]

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Crispy Shell Tacos

When we woke up here still weren’t any ominous looking clouds although wisps were starting to coat the sky, creating for a brilliant red sunrise. You know what they say, red sky in the morning… We packed up and headed down. I would actually prefer to climb first thing in the morning and go down […]

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Meet Your Maker

Okay, are you tired of me saying that each day was harder than the last yet? Because we were getting tired of each day being harder than the last, I can assure you of that. Once again, a day of massive climbs, some of them over two thousand feet. We started our day off by […]

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Hunting Season

As if the elevation profile could possibly get worse our day after going through Stevens promised even more torturous climbs than anything we had done yet. These weren’t just small and steep, we had upwards of three or four 1,000+ steep climbs and a twenty eight mile day. We were up early to give ourselves […]

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Land Of A Thousand Climbs

The next morning we were up early. In order to accomplish the rest of Washington in ten days and take a nero day into Stehekin, we had to keep up a pretty high mileage average, around twenty seven miles a day. Twenty seven didn’t actually seem that bad, but the tough terrain of Washington made […]

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Get The Lead Out

I feel terrible leaving everyone hanging for so long, but we have been walking our asses off.  So, where were we. Oh yes, the end of a fifty three mile day and the end of California. All that remained to us was about 268 miles of Washington. After a long strange train ride (it felt […]

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The Double Marathon

There is often joking out here on trail about Thru Hiking Olympics. All sorts of different events are discussed: backpack packing, sleeping bag stretches, eating contests, the Two Week Challenge (hiking Oregon in two weeks), bear hang rock-putting, the list goes on and on. But we felt that by far the most badass was the […]

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