PCT Food Review: Snacks

Alright, installment number two in our review of the food we ate on the PCT. Today we will be talking about snacks. A lot of people have actually asked us what we ate during the day while we were hiking because apparently figuring out what to pack for a jaunt in the woods is trickier […]

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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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Sleeping Pad Dreams Do Come True

It has happened at last.  The thing we have been wishing and praying for.  A gear company has finally come out with a lightweight double sleeping pad.  This is not a joke, I repeat, this is not a joke. A couple of days ago we discovered that Exped had released the SynMat Hyperlite Duo Sleeping […]

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Remembering Kokopelli

Kokopelli is the fertility god of many Southwest Native American Cultures.  He oversees childbirth and crops.  He is a trickster.  He is music.  When I was little my grandparents bought me a subscription to Muse, a magazine for children that focused on science, history and art.  Different muses from history appeared in the margins of […]

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Sharing the Load

When Kyle and I began hiking together we pretty quickly fell into patterns and practices that we have continued to use whenever we backpack.  We each ended up having our own roles that needed to be filled every single day, our own sets of tasks and chores. I am the alarm clock and I wake […]

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The Pros and Cons of Friending Thruhikers on Facebook

Once you finish a thru hike one of your first challenges becomes staying in touch with all of the wonderful friends you made on trail.  Some of them will be really good friends, you have their phone number on speed dial and you have already made plans to visit them, wherever they live.  But, due […]

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Inspirational Mom

I remember my first lesson in LNT.  It was with my girl scout troop.  We were down at the beach at a local park and the troupe leader had setup an object on the table up by the play area.  I can’t remember what the object was, a really cool rock or a feather or […]

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For Women’s Eyes Only: Thru Hiking Specifics

I wanted to do a post that pertained to a couple of specific things that women experience on trail.  So any men reading this, you have been warned and you may stop now and walk away, but if you have a girlfriend, wife, daughter… these aren’t bad things to know.  So let’s begin with one […]

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The Why: Continuing to Grapple With “Why” We Hike

People always want to know about the AT vs the PCT.  They want to know about the stats on the trails, which one is longer, which one is harder, which one has more elevation gain and nastier bugs.  But shockingly very few people think to ask if our reasons for hiking the two trails are […]

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