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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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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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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Secret Space Program

The day into Mount Shasta was basically down the whole way. We cruised downhill beneath the granite spires we had seen the day before, along an incredibly smooth and pleasant trail. Many of the streams we crossed were dry and the water had washed the granite boulders in them over and over again until they […]

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Love Is In The Air

Taking a zero day is always tempting and we really have taken far to many of them on this trip, because honestly, the nero day is where it is at. Taking a whole day off really throws you off your game, takes your mind off the trail, and when you start hiking again your body […]

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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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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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