Confessions of a thruhiker

It has taken me a long time to come to grips with this but I am finally ready to say it: thruhiking has ruined my relationship with food. First of all, I just want to start by saying I’m not writing this post to garner pity or receive assurance about how I look. This post […]

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2017: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

I’ll be the first to admit, when I look back on this year I am reminded of some of the best memories I have ever had mixed with some of the deepest emotions of despair I have ever felt. Standing in the middle of a circle of friends and family as they pronounced Kyle and […]

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Once a thruhiker, always a thruhiker

Day two dawned overcast and crisp and we were out of camp like the crack of a whip. But when we got to where the trail split – one fork headed the way we had come and the other heading off into the unknown – we hesitated. As always I was worrying. The ranger had […]

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Day one, four bears deep

Kyle and I eyed every car that pulled into the parking lot. Why were they there? Did they look like they might be interested in permits? Most cars seemed to be filled with people who just needed a quick trip to the bathroom before hitting the road again. After they left we would relax back […]

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My Mother: The Goat Whisperer

For labor day we decided to go real classic – we found a fun big group of people and we went backpacking in a very popular spot. It was great. We had promised to take my mom backpacking and we had put Goat Rocks on our calendar early in the summer. We couldn’t wait to […]

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Alpine AF

“Man, this is alpine AF,” mused Michelle as we stepped into our incredible campsite that Kyle had found, with views of Mount Stewart, larger than life, on our doorstep. Goats frolicked all around us, their little hooves rat-a-tat-tatting on the granite. The air was piney fresh and a light breeze ruffled our sweaty hair. Nelson, […]

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Guest Post: Cameron Speaks Out

By Cameron AKA Don Quixote: It’s safe to say I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I agreed to hike on the PCT with Lindsey and Kyle. I think it started with a short, if somewhat inebriated, discussion during my Thanksgiving break from Gonzaga about what I was going to do […]

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John Muir: The Pass

When a day starts out, right off the bat, with a poop you know it’s going to be a weird one. Two seconds out of camp Cameron and I both sprinted up a hill to relieve ourselves. Not the most efficient start. Then, right after getting back on trail we lost the trail under snow […]

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Fear of Heights 

The description of Mather Pass on the Guthook app claims “a fear inducing head wall”. We take most of what is written on Guthook, and what we are told by others, with a grain of salt. Everyone has a different level of comfort, a different normal, and a different point of view. Much of what […]

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