Ridge Running Again

We woke up in what had been an unloved campsite but had ended up being a good night sleep. We played the alarm game, and decided to keep sleeping even after the alarm went off at five. It has been hard getting out of bed at five because it has been dark and cold, I […]

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Milk Shake Gone Wrong

Forest fires roared through our dreams, inspiring us to get up early while the sun was still struggling to shine through the partly cloudy skies. As we headed towards Seiad Valley we were rewarded with more incredible views of the Gap Fire, overlooked by an old fire look out high on a ridge. After a […]

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The Gap Fire

Hiking with a pack on again felt strange at first, and you can imagine there was a fair amount of bitching about how much stuff we were carrying as we headed out of Ashland. We had been sorely tempted to stay in Ashland another day, but after we did the math a couple of times […]

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Slack Packing

Slack packing has been a blur. We are up early to either start hiking out of camp or to be driven somewhere up a ways to start hiking back towards camp, and then we hike as quickly as we can to get back to camp at a decent time. This part of Oregon that we […]

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Gummy Bear

The next day we hiked around the Three Sisters through crumbly volcanic rock to Elk Lake Resort to meet my mom. My Saint of a mother had come to Oregon to slack pack us. Now for those of you who don’t know, slack packing is when someone takes all of the things you carry on […]

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Lava 

Our time in Salem was positively splendid and I have that feeling that I often have on trail, when someone has shown us an unmeasurable act of kindness, that the kindness of humanity really knows no bounds. It is a welcome feeling after working in a restaurant for yet another season and wondering if everyone […]

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Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack 

Our complaint about Oregon was that it had been boring, which is kind of a spoiled thing to say considering one of those days was spent walking past Mount Hood. A couple of views of Mount Hood aside we had mostly just seen a lot of trees. How we accomplished the AT without ripping our […]

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Into Oregon We Go

The great Ben Gaye Debocale of 2016 took place in Cascade Locks on our zero day. Kyle and I, sore and exhausted after our ten days out in Washington had been planning an exchange of massages, focused mostly on the back, legs and feet. We had gotten it in our heads that using Ben Gaye […]

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Living in a Cloud

We woke up to rain on the tent and on our tarp. We were able to take down the tent while leaving up the tarp, eating breakfast in its rainshadow. It rained on and off for the rest of the day, clouds racing by over head, some of them darker and heavier than others. The […]

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