Perseids 2021

12-13 August 2021 Sunrise Trailhead to PCT mile 55.9 and back (8 miles, +900/-900 feet). I am still nursing a tendonitis injury so I have not done any hiking lately. But I am itching to get back out there, so I suggested to Half Cookie that she and I do a very short trip to…

Post Hike Reflections

10 June 2021 It has now been nearly three weeks since I got off trail. And I’m still really happy with my decision to end my thru-hike. If I wanted to, I could get back on trail today and I would still have plenty of time to finish this year. But I still don’t want…

Day 50: Bishop Pass: My Northern Terminus

20 May 2021 Middle Fork Kings River to Bishop Pass Trailhead PCT Mile 833.5 to 831.0 I heard Ground Score and Berk leave before dawn this morning. They are eager to beat the sun and its menacing ability to turn a snowy sidewalk into a slushy morass. I wish them well. I too was up…

Day 49: LeConte Canyon Recovery Day

19 May 2021 Palisade Creek to Middle Fork Kings River PCT Mile 823.5 to 833.5 It was so luxurious to stay in my tent until 7am this morning! I was surprised to see Ground Score and Berk packed and ready to go. She must be feeling better! By 7:30am I was up and at ‘em,…

Day 48: Pinchot Pass and Mather Pass

18 May 2021Woods Creek to Palisade CreekPCT Mile 801.5 to 823.5 Today was the most difficult, fun, stunning, and exhilarating day of hiking I have ever done. And I only grow to like my hiking buddies more and more with each mile. Pure joy. We started at 6am. We didn’t reach camp until 8pm! It…

Day 47: Kearsarge Pass and Glen Pass

17 May 2021 Onion Valley to Woods Creek PCT Mile 788.5 to 801.5 This morning I got another ride to the trail from Paul at East Side Sierra Shuttle, this time with my new trail family! He told us a story about a hiker who flipped, landed on his head, and died on Mather Pass…

Day 45-46: Double Zero in Bishop

15-16 May 2021 Zero in Bishop No PCT Miles Hiked! Last night I arrived at the Hostel California tired and hungry. I quickly showered, put on my rain jacket and wind pants so I could do laundry, and grabbed a burrito across the street from the laundromat where I waited for my clothes to wash…

Day 44: Forester Pass: No Axe, No Spikes

14 May 2021 Wright Creek to Onion Valley PCT Mile 771.0 to 788.5 I wasn’t sure what today had in store for me. Last time I did this section in early June 2017, a high snow year, it took me two days (Day 1, Day 2). I camped on snow at Tyndall Creek, used my…

Day 43: It Looks Like July!

13 May 2021 Horseshoe Meadows to Wright Creek PCT Mile 744.5 to 771.0 I cannot believe how dry it is! I did this same stretch of trail in June 2017, a high snow year with scary water crossings, and it took me two days instead of one! (For comparison see here and here). But this…

Day 42: Zero in Lone Pine

12 May 2021 Zero in Lone Pine No PCT Miles hiked! By the time I got to the Dow Villa hotel last night, Lone Pine had already rolled up its sidewalks. The pizza place was closing, so I got some MEHxican food. I grabbed some beer from the store and headed back to the hotel…

Day 41: Hitching Isn’t Always Easy

11 May 2021 Shoulder of Olancha Peak to Horseshoe Meadows PCT Mile 722.2 to 744.5 Phoenix and I both slept great last night! It stayed above freezing and this morning we had a nice little climb to warm us up. The goal today: make it to Horseshoe Meadows in time to hitch a ride to…

Day 40: Into the Sierra

10 May 2021 Kennedy Meadows to the shoulder of Olancha Peak PCT Mile 702.2 to 722.2 Today I hiked all day with Phoenix (formerly Josh), a section hiker who is an actor from Los Angeles. We were very compatible and we made plans to section hike the Sierra High Route together next year. Sweet! (Or,…