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How (Not) To Be Creepy

This morning as I was locking up my van and getting ready to head to town by bike, a big black Suburban (out of state plates 29CY068) crossed the highway and to my chagrin, drove up the driveway right up to my van. This man, a burly, rusty-haired man perhaps also in his mid-30s, leaned […]

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 […]

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 […]