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.

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.

T-62 Days: A Wonderful Week

By on Feb 18, 2017 in All, Preparation | 1 comment

This last week has been great. I experienced my first day touring with my work. We skinned to the top of a Park City peak on a beautiful bluebird day. I also had a great hike up Grandeur Peak after work that day. Excellent training. This was the first time I really put my Khatoola microspikes to work. However the best part of the week was getting the opportunity to tour one of The Christmas Box Houses.

T-76 Days: Permits, Transportation and Climbing for CBI

By on Feb 4, 2017 in All, Preparation | 0 comments

It’s getting real. I applied for my PCT permit with a start date of 4/21/17. Less than 11 weeks left and there’s still so much to do. I need to decide how I’m getting to Campo, CA where the trail starts. I had a romantic notion of riding a train to So. Cal. Unfortunately, trains out west suck!

T-82 Days: Training for Snow

By on Jan 29, 2017 in All, Gear, Preparation | 0 comments

I had a chance to try out some new gear. I tested Outdoor Research’s Crocodile Gaiters and Kahtoola Microspikes on a hike up to Lake Blanche. It’s amazing how a few hours of tranquility and solitude can put my soul at ease.