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