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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Hunting Season

As if the elevation profile could possibly get worse our day after going through Stevens promised even more torturous climbs than anything we had done yet. These weren’t just small and steep, we had upwards of three or four 1,000+ steep climbs and a twenty eight mile day. We were up early to give ourselves […]

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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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Get The Lead Out

I feel terrible leaving everyone hanging for so long, but we have been walking our asses off.  So, where were we. Oh yes, the end of a fifty three mile day and the end of California. All that remained to us was about 268 miles of Washington. After a long strange train ride (it felt […]

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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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Milk Shake Gone Wrong

Forest fires roared through our dreams, inspiring us to get up early while the sun was still struggling to shine through the partly cloudy skies. As we headed towards Seiad Valley we were rewarded with more incredible views of the Gap Fire, overlooked by an old fire look out high on a ridge. After a […]

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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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