Jill’s Gear List

This is my preliminary gear list (finally!). I haven’t finished my toiletries and first aid bag so I made an estimate of weight for that section. I’ll update it once I have all the items. The tent will be shared between Rt and I so the cost and weight are split. I put the full cost and weight on the spreadsheet for information but halved them for the totals at the bottom. GENERAL GEAR Item Description Cost ($) Weight (oz) Tent Tarptent Double Rainbow w/liner 342 41 Sleeping Bag Zpacks Down Solo Sleeping Bag 10 degree 455 23.3 Sleeping Bag … Continue reading Jill’s Gear List

Rain Gear

I woke up to the sound of rain and my first thought was “Oh rain! I can test out my rain gear!” (dorky, I know). We haven’t had much rain here in California, especially in recent years, so I wanted to take advantage while we had the chance. Since I haven’t posted a gear list yet, let me introduce you to our┬áchoices for weathering bad weather (har har). I went with the Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Geo rain jacket: It’s not the lightest jacket on the market, it weighs in at 10 oz, but it was a deal of the day … Continue reading Rain Gear

Money Money Money

“How are you paying for the PCT?” I must have been asked this question 20 times now — mostly by the imaginary group of enthusiastic readers I have accrued (ok, entirely by them). The word on the street is the PCT costs about $5000 on trail per person, not counting gear purchased before hand. That’s not to say you couldn’t hike the trail for less, many do, but I think it is a safe place to start and any money we don’t spend will add to our post-trail savings. Rt and I don’t have a shared bank account so we … Continue reading Money Money Money


Well, I don’t know where the time went but there are only 5 1/2 months left until Rt and I will be hiking. That seems like a short amount of time but also like it will be happening a million years from now. We’ve been slowly collecting our gear (I’ll post a spreadsheet of my gear list soon) and trying not to over plan. The food plan is a minimal hybrid-resupply with most of our food bought on trail. We’ve discussed what we would do if one of us was unable to continue the trail so there won’t be any … Continue reading Prepping

Enter GoPro and YouTube

New to my content creation arsenal is my new GoPro Hero 3+, and along with that comes a host for the new format of content, my YouTube account. I’ve had my new toys for little more than a week, and they’ve been a blast and a half to play with. This GoPro is my first, and it is an amazing little device. The camera is so basic, yet it can do so much. My television can’t even handle it’s 4k resolution, and my computer struggles to process the 1080p 30fps videos. It’s a heluva machine. My 8 year old Sony … Continue reading Enter GoPro and YouTube

As It Happens: A Documentary

An honest representation of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Two stalwart friends document their attempt at thru-hiking the PCT, capturing the beauty of the landscape and the people along the trail, but also some of more painful and bitter aspects of the journey. Mitch and Dave (or whatever their names are) share their adventure with us in this documentary. Eager enthusiasm is quickly evaporated by the scorching Mojave Desert. Breathtaking footage of the beautiful High Sierra soon turns dark as a dangerous snow storm traps the duo in a stone hut on top of a mountain pass. The camaraderie forged … Continue reading As It Happens: A Documentary

Brooks Cascadia 9 Mens

Across the sea of PCT forums and blogs, Brooks Cascadia trail-runners are the most noted and praised shoe by PCT thru-hikers. The shoes were available at my local REI. In the store they looked snazzy and felt comfortable, so I bought a trial pair. So far, so good. I bought them a size too big, as recommended by thru-hikers. At first it felt awkward, and I wasn’t so confident in my decision, but after several steep downhill hikes and runs I understood why getting my shoes too big was the correct choice. My laces keep my feet from sliding forward … Continue reading Brooks Cascadia 9 Mens