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Hitch-hiking Pro Tips

I did done a ton of solo hitch-hiking both during and after my PCT thru-hike — over a thousand miles and many dozen hitches. I learned a lot about hitching and from hitching. I thought I’d share with you. Before my thru-hike it never occurred to me to hitch-hike. Not only that but it seemed […]

Backpack Choices for a Thru-hike

Here is a run-down of all the popular backpacks on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Also included are a couple pack comparison charts for you, looking at a range of the most common and reasonable packs for normal people. I hope this helps your selection. Please correct any mistakes or omissions in the comments below. […]

Free Pack Shakedowns!

Are you getting ready to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2015? Wow, so cool. I’m envious! But I’m not envious of all the planning you have to do. I’ve been there (class of 2013). Town stops, mail drops, mileage planning, resupplies, food planning and calorie counting, refactoring… Agh! I Want to Help You […]

A Re-cap of a Wild Year

On the first of the year I hopped in my camper van and drove south to Brookings, Oregon on the Pacific coast. As if tossing the dice, I had chosen Brookings by Googling “warmest place in Oregon.” And indeed it was warm, and the people were warm, and that was an excellent decision. I continued […]

My Portraits of the Pacific Crest Trail

I was super excited to find this excellent photo gallery of PCT hiker photos over at Outside Online today (thanks Pacific Crest Trail Association for the link). How cool is it that an unwitting trail angel became a documenter of some of the 2014 personalities? I met a few of those hikers (Justin, Blanco, Far […]

So, You Want to Walk How Far?

Shit isn’t easy on the PCT, and I’m writing now to share things I learned about feet for those of you considering your first long hike. The PCT was my first long hike, and I had my fair share of feet trouble, but I made it. And I learned a lot. And I’m going to share it all with you here.

Chief Pete Comeback

When I got my water-cooled 1.9L Vanagon last fall, the prior owner (PO) said repeatedly, ominously, “These vans take a lot of work,” and “I don’t know how long this van will run, could be days, could be years.” As I drove it down to Mexico and back this Spring, I suffered so much anxiety […]

This Past Month, Plus Some

After a month and a half of nearly constant crazy adventure, I am holed up in a room, on a bed. While it’s a little weird to be inside near a refrigerator, toilet, and washing machine, and to sleep on a bed, every bone in my body is telling me to lie still and just […]

A Languid Late April

Hello from Whitewater, California! I’ve been camped here 90 miles east of Los Angeles for three weeks now, helping out at Ziggy and The Bears. Unfortunately the mood is a tad sour, but that’s just because it’s been 105º and we hosts are tired and a bit burned out. The hiker count is up to […]