Hiking Pacific Crest Trail unveils a unique cast of odd but friendly characters

Hiking Pacific Crest Trail unveils a unique cast of odd but friendly characters

SEIAD VALLEY, Calif. — After seven summers on the Pacific Crest Trail, nothing surprises me anymore. An Israeli couple — trail-named Bugs and Bunny — hiking with speakers atop their backpacks, listening to rock music? Check. Yours truly, deep in the Washington state forest and having not seen a human being all day, ducking into an out-of-nowhere outhouse for the luxury of an actual pit stop – and suddenly being interrupted by a hiker...

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My PCT race against death

My PCT race against death

SEIAD VALLEY, Calif. — It is 100 degrees and, along with two dozen hikers roughly a third my age, I am sitting in the parking lot of the only cafe in this town of 300 people. This isn’t how our trip was supposed to end. But a fire near he Oregon-California border has once again curtailed a Pacific Crest Trail hike. And I’m OK with that. Originally, my book about hiking the entire 2,650-mile, Mexico-to-Canada PCT was going to be...

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