The End

We woke up very early the next day. We only had eighteen miles to the monument but even after we got there we would still have another eight miles to Manning Park and my parents waiting arms. We packed everything up in the dark, took our last on trail poos, and I forced Kyle to […]

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A Lucky Break

Our day out of Stehekin felt like an extended cloud break. All day clouds swirled around us, hovering above mountains, storming somewhere over there, darkening and lightening and somehow not raining on us. We stayed appropriately pessimistic, never quite trusting that we were in the clear. The day was one extended climb, slowly heading up […]

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Raindrops Falling On My Head

We woke to the sound of raindrops hitting the tarp above our tent. Both of us were immediately thankful we had taken the time to set it up the night before. We were also not exactly stoked to get out of our tent and start the hike into Stehekin. It was only twelve miles but […]

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Good Graces

Going over Carson Pass in the morning I got stuck. It was actually the scariest thing that has happened to me on the trip so far. Our shoes were pretty worn out at that point, in fact we had new ones waiting for us in South Lake Tahoe, and so snow has been a bit […]

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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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The Most Dreaded Pass(es)

Early on we had been warned about Pinchot Pass by some man with a huge pack (I shouldn’t judge) that seemed to know everything about the Sierra Nevadas. “Beware of Pinchot Pass”, he warned, “that one is going to be icy.” We had a long hike down from Raye Lakes, through a valley with a […]

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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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Perfect Timing

I’m not going to lie, Kyle had been stressing out over Forester Pass. There are two dangerous and technical challenges to hiking in the Sierras: snow and swollen rivers. Every time you go over a pass you contend with snow, and often a lot of it on the North sides of the passes. You ford […]

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The Sierra Nevada

On our second night out from Kennedy Meadows Kyle and I lay in our tent, rethinking our plan. Once again we didn’t have enough food. I mean, we had enough food, theoretically. But in the reality of a thru hiker, we didn’t have enough snacks. Already snack breaks were being limited to a bar, a […]

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