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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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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Hiker Heaven 

The thing about the bliss I mentioned in the last post: it isn’t constant. It is fleeting, coming and going as we live our lives out here on trail. I knew that when I wrote the last post. I knew that if I sat in that position for too long my back would start to […]

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AT vs PCT

I feel like before we started this trail we were always asking people who had done both to compare them. Or asking people who had done the PCT to somehow compare it to a trail they had never even seen… Bottom line is we wanted the deets on what it was going to be like, […]

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The Days

You are probably wondering what we talk about all day. Well…  Poop Talk:  The obligatory: How was your poop? This gets asked every time one of us comes out of the bush carrying our tiny trowel and our toilet paper bag. Then comes a detailed description of the poop. Color, consistency, number of wipes, any […]

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Learning Your Lessons 

Being out here is all about learning new lessons. On the AT we didn’t have to get into the swing of things because we had never done a thru hike before, it was all brand new it us. But because this is our second it does feel like we are working back into a lifestyle […]

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Blister Wars

Well, it’s official. I have blisters. These aren’t my first blisters, but there is something different about them. Early on in the hike, day three or so, I got a blister on my right big toe. It was fairly small and the next day we went into Jullian and took and nero and a zero, […]

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Break It Down

We left Idyllwild last Tuesday after a very relaxing  day in our own personal cabin and a BBQ eating frenzie. We got a hitch back to where we had left the reroute from a family who was on their way to the dump. Meaning, Kyle literally had to sit in an old toilet. They knew […]

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Wind

If there is one thing the desert does really well it is wind. The wind whips, it howls, it tears at your tent and your clothes, it blusters and huffs, it cools and freezes. You think the desert is too hot and then the breeze picks up and you find yourself on the shady side […]

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