PCT SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 22

Day 45 October 7, 2017 RV Camp – Sweet Desert Camp 27 miles/10hrs   We’re up around 6am and proceed to speak very, very loud. Ina nor I are morning people but hell when your camping neighbours keep you up into the wee hours of night/morning with music/talking/being what else can you do but try to wake them up in the morning while you get your shit together … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 21

October 5, 2017 Day 43 Wrightwood – Dry Creekbed Camp 25.7 miles/8hrs 45′   The sister of Ina’s friend offers to drive us back to the trailhead.  Another wonderful Wrighwood local, born and raised. Mary picks us up just after 6am. We drive into the massive full moon up the two lane highway. Twenty minutes later we are walking South on the PCT. I can hardly believe me … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 20

Day 41 October 3, 2017 Exposed Ridge Camp – Manzanita Bush Camp just North of Mt.Williamson 10.5hrs/?miles (many miles!)   What a night. What a f**king night. The first time I wake is from the flap-flap-flaping of the tent vestibule that’s come un-staked. I hear this through my very efficient ear plugs. Which is precisely when I realize I am socked in with mist. It feels like I’m … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 19

Day 39 October 1, 2017 Casa de Luna – KOA Campground, Acton 34-35 miles/10hrs 50′   7:30am start is pretty stellar considering I awake at Casa de Luna, have a a nice omelette, toast and ample coffee ℅ Joe, and am now back at the trailhead I left one and a half days ago. Which is funny because it seems like a month ago. Which is just how … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 18

Day 37 September 29, 2017 Horsecamp – Casa de Luna 33.5 miles/11hrs (including the 2 miles EXTRA I did (yes, I did…) when I walked the WRONG WAY at the road junction to Casa de Luna…and then back to the trail to go the RIGHT WAY…)   We all creep out of our little dens or cowboy camping patches of earth early. Very early. The stirring begins at … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 17

Day 35 September 27, 2017 Highway 58 – Tylerhorse Canyon Creek 24.8 miles/9 hrs 20′   Wasn’t going to walk this morning but, heck, it’s my Birthday, so let’s go. There’s no way I’m spending this day in a hotel room. Happy to walk. Exposed, hot, dry and lonely, endless windmills and lots of climbing with many miles of washed out trail. Happy Birthday. There is no other … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 16

Day 33 September 25, 2017 Big Rock Camp – Dirt Road Camp After Wind Farm Climb 31.5 miles/11hrs 25′   I’m surprised how cold it is this morning. I walk fast to warm up the body, wearing everything I have. Enter sunshine. Layers are stripped off. I walk and eat my last trail magic apple from Cherokee and JD into the warmth of day. This extra food makes … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 15

Day 32 September 24, 2017 Peaceful Piñion Camp – Big Rock/Post Trail Magic Camp 29 miles/11hrs 15′   I walk into the darkness looking up now and again from the very dim low battery light of my headlamp, in awe of the blanket of stars above. Every so often I stop and listen to…silence. The burning red glow of the rising sun lights up the eastern horizon. Shapes … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 14

Day 30 September 22, 2017 Kennedy Meadows South – Spanish Needle Creek 33.5 miles/12.5hrs   Oh man what a day. Freezing cold last night with ice in the top of the bottles. Need to make sure I put the water bottles in plastic bags at night in my pack, just in case. Nothing like a frozen water bottle or bag when you can prevent it with this small … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 13

Day 28 September 20, 2017 Horseshoe Meadow Trailhead – Death Canyon Creek Camp 23.8 miles/8hrs 15′   My entire body hurts. It’s as if it’s screaming a mutinous ‘I thought we were done’ cry at me. Seven days off trail put my body into repair mode. Today hurt. I need to numb all the nerve endings again to lessen the pain. In time. But for now, I feel … more

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