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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Crispy Shell Tacos

When we woke up here still weren’t any ominous looking clouds although wisps were starting to coat the sky, creating for a brilliant red sunrise. You know what they say, red sky in the morning… We packed up and headed down. I would actually prefer to climb first thing in the morning and go down […]

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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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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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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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