Gear nerd 🤓 Average pack base weight of those that finished last year was 16.51 lb at the end of their hike (19.49 lb when they started). I made that my goal base weight to start. Made it! FYI baseweight = everything you carry not including consumables (water, food, fuel). Food is typically 10 lbs, water is 6-13, fuel about 0.5. Max weight 40 lbs, but most often it’s around 30-35.
#tbt to morning desert walking to beat the heat. There’s nothing quite like navigating the heat of the day while on the #PCT in SoCal. The strategy involved. The unique things you get to experience when you’re awake and alert at odd hours of the night.
What is your desert hiking strategy?
Photo by: @tony_nobo
Today marks my one month anniversary on the trail! I can't believe that in two more days I'm going to be in Kennedy Medows. It's been a fun few days in the desert but I'm ready to see how gnarly the passes are in the Sierra's. 652 miles in and 2,000 more miles to go 😊 #pct#pct2018
I've spent the last week building out a campervan for @delindeldani, so she can follow along while I hike 2650 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada! We have set up a separate account to document the trip. Check out @the.wandersons if you're keen to follow alog! #pct2018#pacificcresttrail#pct#vanlife
너무 무겁다. 다행히도 나는 더위에 강하고 땀을 잘 흘리지 않아 물을 많이 마시지 않는다. 폭염 속에서 25km를 걸어도 하루에 2.5L 미만으로 마신다. 물이 없어서 horse water를 정수해서 마시는 하이커들이 많은데 나는 아직 필터를 사용한 적이 없다. 참고로 정수한 물 맛만 봤는데 비리다. 비려. 퉤ㅠㅠ
I’m loving the desert flora 😌 also in awe at the dizzying landscapes! I knew the PCT had views, but this is like... VIEWS. It doesn’t look real most of the time. My body has been putting up with my bullshit surprisingly well. That said, I’ve been overzealous and putting in big miles, bigger than I know I should. SO I’m takin a precautionary “nearo” (nero? - near zero miles) tomorrow to rest up ye olde joints n to let my blisters breathe. Is this actually fun info to know? Idk but now you know.
Day 1-6, 77 miles in (124 km)
There was a rooster chilling under the bridge... we'll never know why.
The discomfort we've experienced so far is the tiniest of price to pay for such views, the trail goes above and beyond to make it worthwhile.
Days 1-6, 77 miles in (124 km)
Lowest elevation: 2251 ft
Highest elevation: 6014 ft
Turns out the desert is rather green... We put one foot in front of the other and walk on. Up and down mountains, through some of the most breathtaking scenery along wonderful people just as crazy as us. Fighting the heat, blisters and becoming one with dirt. It's even better than I ever could've imagined.
Day 43 on the PCT
We woke up early and hit the trail. We were aiming to do 20+ miles. Emma's day started with her coming up on 15 cows after tuning a corner. After a slight move they all ran off. That set the tone for the rest of our day. We were in California desert tortoise habitat, but it was cow country. Our day was peppered with scaring cows out of their shade under Joshua trees, and having them run on the trail, ahead of us, until they found a spot to retreat. The first ten miles flew by but then it was up for the rest. We had a short siesta in the shade of a massive rock outcrop, and then snowman showed up, who we met in Mt Laguna. Behind him were three confused dirt bikers who some how made it on the trail from the recreation road. After asking our advice on how to get back to the road, one took it, one fell off their bike very gracefully, and the utter proceeded to try and get it bike over the vehicle barrier. It was pandemonium. After getting out of the desert and back into some coniferous forest we hiked on to make it a 22 mile day.