What Makes a Hard Day Hard

But really, what is it? Some long days, with lots of elevation, go by in a jiffy. And then there are those 11.8 mile days, like the one we did out of Independence after our zero, that are hard. To be fair, the day after a zero always seems hard. Maybe it’s all the laying […]

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Who is Dallas and why is he such a dick?  

This is the question we have been asking ourselves.  Yesterday, as the temperatures continued to rise, we rounded a bend to find Michael and Ted sequestered under a tree.  As we approached Michael called out to us, asking if we had any rope.  Next to him was a bear canister.  “Wait, have you been hiking […]

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On The Trail Again

Everything is sticky.  Every part of me is sticky with salt and sweat and sunscreen. Dirt has aheared itself to the sticky and so I am sticky and dirty.  Filthy really.  And this is only day one.  This morning we stood by the monument marking the beginning of a North bound PCT hike in a […]

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Crust Busters

Don’t bust the crust!  This is a favorite saying of desert enthusiasts to try to keep hikers on trail.  In a healthy desert there is a crust of cryptobiotic soil that covers the ground and it is extremely fragile.  Step off the path and you crush this delicate and incredibly important part of the unique desert […]

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