Day 1: Miller Peak

15 March 2022 Montezuma Pass to Mile 0 to Mile 15 (17 miles). Today was the first day of my AZT thru-hike attempt. I flew in to Tucson yesterday evening, stayed in a motel, and got a shuttle to Montezuma Pass with another hiker named Butterfingers. From there I had to walk backwards to get…

Trail Magic!

13 March 2022 Tomorrow I fly to Tucson to start the AZT! And what better way to spend the day than to do some pay-it-forward trail magic on the PCT! I was especially eager to make some chili for the thru-hikers, since it was my favorite magic from my own hike last year. I followed…

AZT Resupply Maildrops

11 March 2022 I’m not very fussy when eating on trail. One time I packed nothing but pizza for a multi-day trip! So I usually just buy food as I go instead of mailing myself packages. But today I bought twelve days of food for my upcoming thru-hike of the Arizona Trail. Three days are…

My AZT Gear

9 March 2022 I already have a dedicated gear page, but I’m very excited about my upcoming Arizona Trail thru-hike attempt, so I thought I would lay everything out that I am taking. Here it is! I have not made a lot of changes since my PCT thru-hike attempt last year. During that hike, I…

Another Thru-Hike?!?

6 March 2022 You might think that I’d learned my lesson. Last year I attempted a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. But after 50 days, I decided to head home. I barely made it a third of the way, travelling just 800 miles and ending in the middle of California!…

Noble Canyon

26 February 2022 Noble Canyon (6 miles). Half Cookie and I wanted to go see the snow today, so we took a trip up to the Laguna Mountains. But the snow melts fast in SoCal, and there wasn’t much left by the time we got there. Nonetheless, we were able to do a lovely there-and-back…

There and Back Again

18-20 January 2022 PCT hikes around Agua Dulce (47 miles). My friend Barnfinder has set a goal for himself to section hike the Southern California section of the Pacific Crest Trail. But there is a twist! Instead of thru-hiking each section and crossing it off the list, he wants to hike every section in BOTH…

Coyote Canyon

15 January 2022 Lower Coyote Canyon (6 miles, +500 / -500 feet). We haven’t gotten much rain in Anza-Borrego this year, so sadly there will be no super-bloom. But you can still find lots of flowers near water sources, so Half Cookie and I decided to hike Coyote Creek, which flows year-round. It’s close to…

Boucher Trail Loop

14 January 2022 Thunder Spring Trail to Boucher Trail to Adams Trail (6 miles, +1,200/-1,200 feet). Today we headed out to the Anza-Borrego desert for the weekend, but first we stopped at Palomar Mountain State Park on the way to do a hike in the woods. We’ve camped near here before at Observatory Camground to…