PCT Day 3 (Abbrev.)

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Just arrived at first water source in 12 miles. 22-mile day. Way more than we planned but couldn’t find a spring the PCT guide said was there. Need Dinner. Bed. Will offer details and tell you about something that ran … Continued

Day 2: Heaven to I-5

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Today’s PCT Box Score Date: Sat. July 23 Location: Callahan’s Lodge, Siskiyou Summit Elev.: 3,970 ft. Weather: Sunny. 85. Days on trail: 2 Days left to Elk Lake (end of Phase 1): 13 Miles hiked: 27 Avg. miles per day: … Continued

Day 1: The journey has begun

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Today’s PCT Box Score Date: July 22 Location: 12 miles north of Cal-Ore border, near Mt Ashland. Elev.: 5,883 ft. Weather: Sunny 75 Days on trail: 1 Days left to Elk Lake (end of Phase 1): 14 Miles hiked: 12 … Continued

Hearing the waterfall

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After a year of preparation, my brother-in-law and I leave at daybreak Friday for the Oregon-California border and the start of our 453-mile Pacific Crest Trail journey. Hiking Oregon’s high-mountain backbone, border to border. Thirty-one days in two, two-week swaths: … Continued


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In 1999, after an easy hike to the top of Little Belknap Crater, I met a young woman named Laura Buhl who was hiking the entire 2,650 miles of the PCT from Mexico to Canada. She did it. And I … Continued

A long day of packing

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Saturday, July 16, Sally and I created 16 one-gallon zip-lock bags, one for each day of the first two weeks of the hike, Cal-Ore border to Elk Lake near Mt. Bachelor. After trips to four stores and spending $200, we … Continued

A year of training

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I’ve been training for a year, intensely since late January: p90x for three months, then lots of hiking, Eugene Marathon and stadium steps,’almost always with 15-30 lbs. on my back. Last major hike, with RG colleague Paul Neville, was 24 … Continued

Deciding to hike the Oregon PCT

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After a year of planning, training and learning what to pack and what not to pack — bring single-blade Swiss army knife, leave the 10 blade-plus-toothpick model — I leave July 22 in an attempt to hike the 453-mile Oregon … Continued