Day 71: The Snow Chute

May 31, 2018 775.6-787 Ghosthiker wanted to see the sunrise from the summit of Forrester Pass, so we were up and hiking out by 4:30am. A little later than we’d planned, but as we hiked up toward the pass the sun turned the sky purple and the sun hit the peaks of the distant mountainsContinue reading “Day 71: The Snow Chute”

Day 70: Bighorn Plateau

May 30, 2018 766.3-775.6 The next morning my socks were still a little damp and it was absolutely freezing outside. I knew I’d be using my hand warmers intermittently while tearing down my tent, so I shook them up and slipped one warmer into each of my socks, then tucked them next to my legsContinue reading “Day 70: Bighorn Plateau”

Day 69: Mt. Whitney

May 29, 2018 00.0 PCT miles, 15.2 miles up/down Mt. Whitney I didn’t sleep at all. I was so nervous about hiking Mt. Whitney that I tossed and turned all night, had strange dreams, and somehow managed to irritate my eye injury from last summer (which happens sometimes while I’m sleeping). So starting my morningContinue reading “Day 69: Mt. Whitney”

Day 67: Into the Mountains

May 27, 2018 745.3-755.3 When I woke up the next morning I found that I was having some misgivings about skipping ahead. I’m not sure what it was, but for some reason, I just really wanted to continue up into the Sierra. Maybe I was still married to the idea of hiking a continuous footpathContinue reading “Day 67: Into the Mountains”

Day 66: So Many Rapid Changes

May 26, 2018 00.0 When I woke the next morning in the same position I’d fallen asleep in, I knew it had been a solid nights’ rest. Good thing, too, because once we got up into the mountains we’d be getting up before dawn to hit the trail, not to beat the heat but toContinue reading “Day 66: So Many Rapid Changes”

Day 65: Heading Back to Lone Pine

May 25, 2018 00.0 The next morning I awoke around 4:00am and couldn’t get back to sleep because the AC was cranked up and I was freezing. It was chilly outside and Sparky and Ghosthiker were still sound asleep, so I grabbed my money and fleece pullover I’d had sent to me for the SierraContinue reading “Day 65: Heading Back to Lone Pine”

Day 64: Farewell, Desert!

May 24, 2018 00.0 I finally got to enjoy a relatively slow morning at Scott and Jennifer’s before we set off for Ridgecrest. Saying goodbye the second time was even harder. I felt like I’d acquired a set of trail angel parents in addition to my current trail parents (and my real parents, whom thereContinue reading “Day 64: Farewell, Desert!”

Day 63: Where I Finally Got to Hike the Aqueduct

May 23, 2018 517.6-541.6 On Day 63, I successfully completed the Southern California section of the PCT, according to Guthooks. Sparky and Ghosthiker drove me all the way to Hikertown so I could hike north along the famous Los Angeles Aqueduct. I have to say that this was one of the most enjoyable slackpack daysContinue reading “Day 63: Where I Finally Got to Hike the Aqueduct”

Day 62: Not Ready to Quit

May 22, 2018 5558.5-541.3 I was up at 4:30am to begin hiking south toward Hikertown. We decided to split the hike into two easy 20-mile days since it would be much hotter now and 40ish miles was far more than I was currently capable of hiking in a single day.  Sparky dropped me off atContinue reading “Day 62: Not Ready to Quit”

Day 60: Making up Miles in the Desert

May 20, 2018 168.6-151.8 We got out of camp early and were all hiking by 7:00am. Ghosthiker and I dropped Sparky off at the Spitler Peak Trailhead so he could hike south, then we parked the car just off of Hwy 74 and started hiking north, planning to meet Sparky in the middle and passContinue reading “Day 60: Making up Miles in the Desert”