One More Adventurer to Follow

In the last post I brought attention to our friend Puff Puff’s blog as a source of more adventure for you hiking blog junkies out there. One more I would like to bring to your attention is our friend Shepherd’s blog. Otherwise known as Brad, he is a world adventurer who we met on the PCT. He completed his thru-hike last year and then immediately jumped on his bicycle to travel through Central America. Now Brad is planning a 2016 thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail. You can follow his journey here. He starts walking next month! I’m very excited … Continue reading One More Adventurer to Follow

Bama and Back Again

It started on a whim, as most things do. Jill’s new job doesn’t start until April, and so we wanted to plan one more adventure before jumping back into career mode. “Why don’t we go visit my sister in Alabama?” Jill said (or something like it). So we planned out the trip. It started off with a hitch or two. We wanted to rent a car. Jill’s Buick is not in good enough condition for a cross-country trek, and she didn’t feel comfortable sharing driving responsibilities with my VW stick-shift. We figured out pricing and thought it was doable, until … Continue reading Bama and Back Again

Cost of a Thru-Hike Revisited

Bushtit and I were featured in an article by backpackers.com. In our blog post, The Monetary Costs of a Thru-Hike, we broke down our trail expenses to give future hikers a clear look at the potential cost of a thru-hike. Backpackers.com asked to use our information and further interviewed us to construct a more detailed article. Our example is our own, of course, and will not represent all styles of thru-hiking, but this article will still serve as a great general guide for future hikers. Even if you already read our article, check out the Backpackers.com article. It contains more information for … Continue reading Cost of a Thru-Hike Revisited

Our Sierra Breakdown

We had an article published by the Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, titled Sierra Breakdown. The Sierras were full of beauty and struggle. Here’s an excerpt. Climbing Forester Pass and dropping down into King’s Canyon National Park was my absolute favorite day on the trail. It was magic. But days later, after struggling to ascend pass after pass, and running low on food, I broke. My partner and I rationed for days. My muscles became weak. The Muir Ranch we had put our emergency resupply hopes upon was closed. I quit. I cried. I said I was done. Check it out … Continue reading Our Sierra Breakdown

Gear Review (RT – Male)

Overall I was very happy with my gear. There were very few items I replaced or would have wanted to. Some items I realized I spent too much money on at the beginning, only to replace them with cheap versions of themselves when they broke down part way through the hike. Here’s a quick recap of nearly all the items I carried. If you want specifics, ask questions in the comments below!   Tent – Tarptent Double Rainbow w/liner 10/10 Couldn’t have asked for better. It held up just fine for the entire thru-hike. Barely a tear or scratch, and … Continue reading Gear Review (RT – Male)

When a Journey is Done

You don’t know what to do. I finished my hike from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail a month and some change ago. Completing the journey brought up the same feelings as finishing my first novel. Confusion. Loss. Disappointment. Yearning. Yes, I learned that yearning can be a feeling. I was lucky enough to have a party with friends at the northern terminus, at the end of the hike. Celebration was in order, for sure. But the excitement dwindled as the people stepped away, one by one, out of the lives we had each built for ourselves over … Continue reading When a Journey is Done