First blog post

This is the post excerpt.

In a short time the adventure starts, a through-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. On March 28th I will start at the southern terminus of the trail at the US Mexico boarder, an hours drive east of San Diego. The trail goes north 2650 miles to the US Canadian boarder through the mountains of California, Oregon and Washington. My plan is to hike straight through resupplying at towns along the way which should take about five months.  Although I have no hiking partners to start with there are many making this journey I can hike with for a day, a week, a month or five months. 

Some ask why make such a journey?  I have known of the trail for almost 50 years and have hiked over 450 mile in segments over that timer.  I have met those who have hiked it or are hiking it. I have read of others trek and have seen movies, documentaries and listen interviews of many who have traveled the PCT.  But why do I want to hike?

First of all I love to hike and backpack. Traveling through the wildness with every thing you need on your back gives me a since of freedom. The simple rhythm of hiking, setting up camp, preparing a meal, sleeping, breaking camp and then hiking an other 15 to 25 miles up the trail I have enjoy since I was a youth. 

The PCT travels through some of the most beautiful places on earth. It passes through several state and national parks and many wilderness areas and national forests. The sights the sounds and the smells are best experienced as you hike through them. It can give all who venture forth a greater appreciation of this creation and its Creator’s gift to us. 

While there is much beauty to enjoy on the trail it will not be easy. There will be pain, heat, cold, rain, snow, sweat and fatigue. Much of the time spent on the trail will be hard and unpleasant with moments joy. Although it will be physically hard the greater challenge will be mental. It will be an adventurer but I believe adventure builds character to help me become a better man. Thus it is a challenge I look forward to that I might enjoy the rewards of nature’s beauty, character, the simple life and a greater appreciation for my Creator. 

I appreciate many individuals, organizations, state and federal governments who have made this and many other long distance trails possible. There also are and will be many trail angels who make journey easier. I also appreciate the development of ultralight equipment that has lighten my burden.  The base of my pack (without foodwater and fuel) is about 12.3 pound. I also will carry a personal locating beacon that will enables me contact search and rescue for help and to send and receive text messages anywhere along the trail. 

I mostly appreciate my wife for her unwavering support and sacrifice. 

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8/27/19 to 9/2/19 Finishing the PCT

8/27/19 Trail mile 1746.1, Miles hiked 16.0 Still very hotimg_0556img_0557

8/28/19 Trail Mile 1754.1, Miles hike 18.0


8/29/19 Trail mile1778.8, Miles hiked 20.1 Great trail magic by Clementine.  Night sprinkles.


8/30/19 Trail mile 1796.0, Miles hiked 18.3.  Cooler today.  More climbing today.  10 mile water hall. Good view of forest.   Sprinkles at nightimg_0572img_0573img_0574img_0576

8/31/19 Trail mile 1814.0, Miles hike 18.0  Hiked through large burned area.img_0579img_0580img_0581img_0582img_0590img_0591img_0592img_0594

9/1/19 Trail mile 1839.2 via alternate rim trail, Miles hiked 20.5 Entered Crater Lake National park.  Park busy on Labor Day weekend.  Did alternate rim trail late afternoon.  Great views Crater Lake.



9/2/19 Trail Mile 1847.8, Hiked 9.0 miles.



Trail mile 1724.4 to 1730.1. Hiked 5.7 miles. Back on the PCT to finish 130 miles from Ashland Oregon to the north side of Crater Lake National Park. Last year I skipped this section due to heavy forest fire smoke. Got back on the trail where Interstate 5 crosses the PCT just south of Ashland. It was a hot day but no smoke. Started at 3. Hiked with my good friend Brian.


9/11-16/18 from Holden to Manning Park Canada.

9/11/18 This morning I took the bus to the ferry landing. The ferry took us across Lake Chalan to Stehekin where we could get back on the trail.

While there the weather report was for snow, rain and temperatures into the 30’s the next 5 days With my previous experience of hypothermia on the trail and light weight equipment I feared that would be to difficult for me. I let my fellow hikers know that I was not going to continue and started making plans to fly home. 9/12/18 Hiked 11 miles. I wrestle with that decision through the night and in the morning after closer review of the weather report I decided to continue on. I got together with Boy Scouts 1 $ 2 then dropped by the bakery for a few treats and headed up the road to get back on the trail.

9/13/18 I hiked 18 miles with Boy Scouts. At Rainy Pass there was another reroute. Earlier in the year the trail closed there and that would’ve been the end of the journey. Someone had build a miniature Northern Terminus set it at the pass.

9/14/18. Hiked 24.9 miles. Well the weather was colder. Found frosting in my tent in the morning and the ground was frozen. We have snow showers during the day but no accumulation. Passed 2600 mile mark and the last big climb of the trail.

In Washington there are many unusual mushrooms because the damp and cool climate.

9/15/18. 24.4 miles. 10.6 miles to the Canadian border and then another 8 miles to Manning Park. I was cold during the night so twice a heated water put in my water bottle and put it inside my sleeping bag to warm me up. That works really well.

We hiked just about two miles and came onto some trail magic of pancakes, a hot fire to sit around and hot chocolate.

We continued on and found that the packers are bringing in hunters for the first day of high hunt in Washington. This was a staging area at Harts pass

We hiked on through the day with a little rain.

We realized it would be our last our last night on the trail and our last camp set up. We both happy and sad to see our journey coming to an end.

9/16/18 hiked 10.6 miles to the northern terminus of the Pacific crest Trail then about 8 miles to Manning Provincial Park in British Columbia Canada.

It was a cold night last night again with my wet equipment. Again twice during the night I heated water and put it in my water bottle to keep me warm. I slept poorly partly due to temperature and partly knowing I would finish the next day.

In the morning when I woke up the sun was shining it was a beautiful time. That was short-lived however because the clouds came back and began to rain heavier as the morning progressed. About the time we got to the northern terminus the rain stops. In the morning when he woke up the sun was shining it was a beautiful time. That was short-lived however because the clouds came back and began to rain heavier as the morning progressed. About the time we got to the northern terminus the rain stopped. After some celebration we continued on about 8 miles to Manning Park where the Boy Scouts families were waiting for them.


9/6-10/18 Stevens Pass to Holden

9/6/18 Hiked 11.1 miles to trail mile 2474.3. As I was hitch out of Leavenworth to get back to Stevens Pass on the trail the driver was also carrying Boy Scouts 1and 2. I hiked with them and with Bonfire and No Nuts that day. bonfire on the left from Japan and No Nuts (is allergic to nuts) on the right from Germany.

9/7/18 Hiked 22.9 miles to trail mile 2498.2. Sprinkled some today. Cooked dinner from inside my tent with the stove in the vestibule so I could stay warm this evening. 9/8/18 Hiked to 22.5 miles to trail mile 2520.8. It sprinkled on us some today. A not so good bridge. There are many log bridges route Washington.

Hiking into the evening brought rich rewards as the sun began to set.

9/9/18 Hiked 23.6 miles to trail mile 2549.1. Noted several fires off to the north west today. Contacted authorities through my inReach SOS satellite communication system. This led to a cascade of text messages back-and-forth and notification of my family that I was calling for help. I got it straightened out after a few more messages to my family but their heart rates had been elevated. I was in no danger.

Crowded camping space with my friends last night. Boy Scout 1

9/10/18 Hiked 18 miles to the town of Holden. There had been a fire in this region earlier in the year and we had a reroute to get around it. The reroute took us to the town of Holden which is off the trail. It is an old copper mining town that has been converted to a retreat. There are no roads that go to it. You can only get there by ferry or on foot. However they had great food and great accommodations.


9/2-5/18 Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass, Washington

9/218 Hiked 9.7 miles to trail mile 3402. Snoqualmie passes is on interstate 90. The last interstate that I across. Back on the trail the end of Labor Day weekend. A lot of day hikers, runners and dogs on the trail made for interesting climb. Hiked with my friends Smoke Beard Bonfire and No Nuts and later we camped together with Face Plant, Bones and an Australia mother and her two daughters.

The beautiful Cascades with light that dances with the clouds

9/3/18 Hiked 19.8 miles to trail mile 2422.6. Did a lot of climbing in the sending of you travel through the Cascades today. Pica a member of the rabbit family greeting me on the trail.

Water dancing down the rocks. Lots of water here in Washington. if the sun came out during the day it is an opportunity for me to dry my tent sleeping bag and ground cloth.

9/4/18. Hiked 26.5 miles to trail mile 2448.9. Frost on the tents this morning but no rain during the night. Hiked the afternoon with No Nuts caught up at Bonfire about 8:30 that night. It was a long day.

9/5/18. 15.3 miles to Stevens Pass and then get a ride to Leavenworth to resupply. Slept at night in the KOA campground.


With limited WiFi, cell phone coverage, conservation of battery power and pushing hard to finish before weather got to difficult to continue I got behind on my blog.

I am happy to say I made it to the Northern Terminus of the PCT and then on 8 miles to Manning Provincial Park in BC Canada. It has been an amazing and challenging journey. I have met and made friends with people from all over the world. I have seen the landscape change from desert to to the High Sierras, to the Tahoe Rim. From the volcanic regions of Northern California and Oregon to the Hemlock and Silver tip fir forest of Oregon and Washington. From the Middle and Northern Cascades of Washington to Canadian boarder and beyond.


8/28-9/1/18 Hiking 20 to 25 miles a day. The weather has been cloudy often and occasionally we’ve had some sunny days. Views have spectacular as we hiked around Mount Rainier and towards Snowquaimie Pass. Have been hiking with Smokebeard from Rhode Island and Faceplant from North Carolina the last few days. On 8/30 it rained during the night and unfortunately I put my tent in a little spot got pretty wet. Oh well live and learn. We have seen an eaten miles of huckleberries. We have had several occasions when we had trail magic also at unsuspecting times.


8/25-27/18. The night of the 24th was cold and a walk in the morning with frost inside and outside my tent. In the afternoon they were sprinkles. I continue to be cloudy and windy a little surprising I think at this time a year.

I continue to hike with Boy Scout one and two. I also met a grass Valley hiker Dan Murphy trail name Blue.

We have now entered the Goat Mountain wilderness On the afternoon of the 26th climbed a knife ridge but the wind was strong it was raining and before I got into camp I was in second stage hypothermia. Once on my tent and dry clothes I warmed up and had a nice dinner. That was a scary experience.

The next day we awoke to the sun, clear skies and wonderful views of Goat Mountain Wilderness and Mount Rainier. We hike on an alternate route due to a fire closer to Highway 120 and then I got a ride to Packwood re-supply


9/20-24/18. We left cascade locks and climbed out of the Columbia River Gorge about 4000 feet. It was warm to start with but the next few days progress to be cool and cloudy. The forest was thick and beautiful and like other The forest was thick with western hemlocks and ferns.We able to view Mount Adams as we hiked around around it but the view was obscured by clouds. Smoke was minimal. A highlight of the trip for me was to see my first wolverine as it ran across the trail early in the morning.

We hiked into Trout Lake for resupply. At this point Brian departed to head back to California. It was good to have his company. I took off and headed up the trail join Boy Scout one and Boy Scout two with their dad. It was cold and windy.


8/17-20/18. Spent Friday And Saturday and Pacific Crest Trail days. Met many of my old hiking partners and acquaintances on the trail. Purchased a new backpack and trekking ing polls to complete the hike. Brian joined me on Saturday night. 8/17-20. Sunday we went to church and got ready to depart on Monday.