Adventure and The Pacific Crest Trail is Released!

Adventure and The Pacific Crest Trail is now available for purchase in print and as an ebook for your iPad and Kindle devices. Hardcover print edition¬†$250 A large format, 358 page coffee table book. Kindle ebook¬†$4 Discover the highs and lows of backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail through daily journal entries and beautiful photos. Witness the contrast of landscapes from stark deserts to the majestic Sierra Nevada. Feel the struggle of hunger and the pain of injury. Meet trail angels and stumble upon trail magic in this detailed chronicle, this step-by-step narrative of life on the trail. Jill and Arthur … Continue reading Adventure and The Pacific Crest Trail is Released!

The Monetary Costs of a Thru-Hike

I’m a little bit of a numbers geek, so naturally I wanted to know how much money Rt and I spent on our thru-hike. We asked previous year’s hikers on Facebook how much they had spent on their trips while researching for our own. The general consensus was about $5000 per person for six months of hiking. That number can vary wildly with factors such as how much gear you already own, how many off trail expenses you are paying, and how much you are willing to spend in towns. Five thousand was the most common number thrown around for … Continue reading The Monetary Costs of a Thru-Hike

Day 162 – Last Night on Trail

Sep 19th Tomtit woke me up this morning when he left the tent. My stomach had been sour all night so I stayed in my sleeping bag for an extra ten minutes of comfort. Eventually I got moving though — today is our last full day on trail! We packed up a wet tent, had breakfast, said thanks to Devilfish for the awesome magic and camp spot, and then started hiking. There was a gorgeous sunrise as we climbed away from Harts Pass, the morning light playing on silver and charcoal clouds.                The morning went by super … Continue reading Day 162 – Last Night on Trail

Day 160 – Starting the Last Stretch

Sep 17th I dreamed about buying vegetables at the grocery store last night. I was picking red bell peppers, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, and carrots off the shelves with abandon. I remember thinking, “Why haven’t I done this recently?”, and then realizing in my dream it was because I have been hiking for five months. I am going to go crazy at the store when we are done! We woke up at the ranger station with Deep, Two Mile, Shazaam, Snow White, Wall-ee, KC, Bender, and Animal. Everyone was stirring and packing up for the last section of trail. Wall-ee and … Continue reading Day 160 – Starting the Last Stretch

Day 158 – Big Miles and Big Views

Sep 15th Tomtit poked me awake this morning — he didn’t set an alarm, he just woke up at six. Pretty handy talent! It was still dark while we stuffed sleeping bags away and dried off the inside of the tent. By breakfast time there was enough light to see what we were eating. We were ready to go by seven so we told KC our mileage goal of 27 and said a hurried good morning to Xactly. A 3600 foot ascent awaited us first thing so we got right to it. The grade was pretty gradual which made for … Continue reading Day 158 – Big Miles and Big Views

Day 156 – So Tired

Sep 13th We woke up at 7:10, but we were ready to hike by 7:40! Super fast speedy packing : ) Wall-ee and Snow White came down the trail right before we left and they joined KC, Tomtit and I as we hiked out. The big uphill we had been avoiding yesterday was waiting patiently for us this morning. We passed Zig Zag and chatted a bit and then kept on hiking. On the way up we got to lake Sally Ann where rafiki had camped, but he was gone by the time we got there. I took a moment … Continue reading Day 156 – So Tired

Day 154 – Lovely Nero with Hillary

Sep 11th We slept a little better in the hotel than we have in the past few. Eight thirty found us in the complementary breakfast lounge eating waffles and eggs and bagels. Wall-ee and Snow White stayed in the same hotel last night so it was a merry group at our table. We stayed there until almost ten, and then returned to our room to pack things up. Hillary drove us to the Safeway in town for a second time to get a few food items — tortillas, water bottles, chips, and a couple of donuts for second breakfast. After … Continue reading Day 154 – Lovely Nero with Hillary