Monthly Archives: May 2019

Things that keep me up at night

Day 17: Splinter’s Cabin to Grass Valley Creek Trail miles 298.5-318.0 May 19, 2019 While trying to fall asleep last night, I began to consider what a stress-free existence I am able to enjoy on the trail, where I live … Continue reading

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Restless Legs

Day 16: Dry camp at mile 279 to Splinter’s Cabin Trail miles 279-298.5 May 18, 2019 The walking today was mostly easy, but there was a lot of it. In the morning, Hiccups and Danish caught up to me after … Continue reading

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Gluttony and Sloth

Day 15: Short day out of Big Bear Lake Trail miles 266.2-279.2 May 17, 2019 In the morning, I ate myself sick trying to finish all the food I’d purchased in town. Breakfast consisted of the last third of a … Continue reading

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Is it even a zero if you walk all the way across town?

Day 14: Zero in Big Bear Lake May 16, 2019 After a rainy walk to the grocery store for a resupply with T-Pain and Casper, I spent most of the day forcing myself to eat food (in order to maintain … Continue reading

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I love my stove with a burning passion

Day 13: Arraste Trail Camp to Highway 18 and Big Bear Lake Trail miles 256.2-266.2 May 15, 2019 The allure of town is strong, especially after a difficult section of hiking. I broke camp early and joined what felt like … Continue reading

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Troubadours of the PCT

Day 12: Mission Creek Trail Camp to Arraste Trail Camp Trail miles 239.9-256.2 May 14, 2019 For the first time in almost a week, the hiking was easy. I slept in until almost 6, reveling in the warmth of my … Continue reading

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Day 11: Mission Creek (First Crossing) to Mission Creek (Trail Camp) Trail miles: 226.2-239.9 May 13, 2019 After spending a glorious half hour in the Whitewater River yesterday, we hiked six hot miles before camping at the first crossing of … Continue reading

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Day 10: Interstate 10 to Mission Creek Trail Miles: 209.5-226.2 May 12, 2019 Waking up in the motel was nearly impossible. We’d drawn the room-darkening shades against the lights of the parking lot in the night, but the same shades … Continue reading

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Watermelon Walking

Day 9: Nearo to Banning Trail Miles 200.5-209.5 May 11, 2019 Morning arrived with low clouds that delivered a smattering of rain before rising and allowing the sun to bathe the mountainside in gentle golden light. I descended the final … Continue reading

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How to Descend Mt. San Jacinto in 23 Easy Steps*

Day 8: Mount San Jacinto Summit to Mile 200.5 May 10, 2019 Trail miles ~185.5-200.5 plus ~2.5 miles from the summit to the PCT 1. Wake at 5am and bumble around in the dank summit shelter as you and 8 … Continue reading

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