Week 8: The Sierras

By on Jun 19, 2017 in All, Gear, Town Life, Trail Life | 3 comments

The first channel was shallow and no problem, but as we approached the middle of the main channel it became clear we had underestimated the crossing. The water was waist deep and while not raging, the current was strong enough to make Apoc take a seat.

Week 7: Farewell to the Desert, Hello to SLOWBO

By on Jun 19, 2017 in All, Town Life, Trail Life | 2 comments

At times I’d bend to a 45 degree angle fighting the wind and using all my strength for each step. It took everything I had to keep from blowing off the mountain.

Weeks 5 & 6: Play Before Fear

By on Jun 4, 2017 in All, Gear, Town Life, Trail Life | 3 comments

The most challenging part of this town was the other hikers. We’re about 8 days away from Kennedy Meadows and a fear has descended on the community. The upcoming water crossings will be brutal not only because they’ll require crossing freezing water from snow melt but also because they’re potentially deadly. They are not to be underestimated.

Week 4: Thirsty Detour

By on May 26, 2017 in All, Gear, Town Life, Trail Life | 1 comment

I crawled into the Cajon Pass McDonald’s to see something I’ll never forget. 50+ stinky, dirty hikers had taken over the McDonald’s. With packs and trekking poles strewn across the lobby, phones charging in every outlet, and non-hikers entering with pinched noses there was barely room to walk let alone sit.

T-1 Day: Gratitude

By on Apr 21, 2017 in All, Preparation | 8 comments

18 months ago I made a decision that will likely affect the rest of my life. It would definitely dictate how I spent the next 2 years. It was impulsive. It was irrational. It was downright crazy.