Happy Birthday To Me

The next morning I woke up a whole year older. Funny how you age all year, slowly and steadily, one day at a time but suddenly, after enough days, we decide to say we have aged a year. Looking out my side of the tent was a warm orange sunrise. The sky seemed to change […]

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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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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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Grumpy Bears

Kennedy Meadows. The end of the desert. A magical place that marks the beginning of “the Sierras” as we all call them. When you arrive at Kennedy Meadows an entire porch of hikers gives you a standing ovation. No, I’m serious, everyone cheers for you as you walk in, and the later in the day […]

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For The Love Of A Sandwich 

We left early from Bird Spring Pass. Might as well we figured, if the wind wasn’t going anywhere we were. We had a climb out of the pass but it was beautiful and once we crested the top we could see trees for miles. Trees mean shade. Shade is good.  Our plan for the day […]

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No Cook Experiments 

*Hello everyone! Sorry it has been so long since we have posted, turns out there was no wifi at Kennedy Meadows, or cell phone service, so everything had to wait until now. We are currently in Independence but the posts that will be going up over the next couple of days should fill you in […]

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