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A true friend is poached by the CDT

Day 35: Zero in Tehachapi June 6, 2019 By zeroing in Tehachapi, I got to go to the spectacularly good German bakery in town. I sat drinking coffee and eating pastry after pastry with Midnight (another hiker tangentially related to … Continue reading

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Bring on the Drugs

Day 34: Nearo into Tehachapi Trail miles 558.5-566.5 June 5, 2019 In the dark morning, I met Danish and 70/30 (Hiccup recently changed his trail name by popular demand after he was asked about the odds that a mysterious stain … Continue reading

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Night and Day

Days 32 and 33: Wee Vill Market to Willow Springs Road Trail miles: 517-558 June 3-4 We spent the day at Wee Vill Market, researching snow conditions and trying to figure out the best options for continuing our hikes. Sitting … Continue reading

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Matters of Great Import

Day 31: Sawmill Campground to Wee Vill Market Trail miles 498.2-517.6 June 2, 2019 If you wake up at 4am on the ridge between Casa de Luna and Hikertown, you can look east and watch liquid sunlight spill over the … Continue reading

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Zoom out

Day 30: Casa de Luna to Sawmill Campground Trail miles 478.2-498.2 June 1, 2019 Thru hiking is a strange endeavor. From a certain perspective, it is extremely selfish. I voluntarily give up time I would otherwise devote to school, work, … Continue reading

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…and back to relaxing

Day 29: Camp above Green Valley to Casa de Luna Trail miles 471.3-478.2 May 31, 2019 I packed up quickly and left the grove of low oaks where I’d camped the night prior, eager to find a place to dig … Continue reading

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Back to work

Day 28: Agua Dulce to Camp outside Green Valley Trail miles 454.5-471.3 May 30, 2019 After we’d packed up and climbed into her old diesel pickup, L-Rod (Donna Saufley) drove a group of us back to downtown Agua Dulce. We … Continue reading

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Zero Day in LA (I kid you not)

Day 27: Zero in LA May 29, 2019 The appeal of a trip to LA on a rest day from a PCT hike may at first seem difficult to grasp. When I was confronted with a choice between spending a … Continue reading

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Hiker Heaven

Day 26: Stealth camp outside KOA to Hiker Heaven (The Saufleys’) Trail miles 444.3-454.5 May 29, 2019   While I was rolling my sleeping pad in the morning, my nose began to bleed, streaming down my face and dripping bright … Continue reading

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Oh glorious sun

Day 25: Godforsaken ridge above Acton to stealth camp near Acton KOA Trail miles 424.3-444.3 May 27, 2019 I opened my eyes to the sound of my 5:30 alarm. My breath fogged and hung in the still air between my … Continue reading

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