• Adventures,  Sierra Nevada 2018

    The Gateway to the Sierra – Kennedy Meadows to Bishop

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my Adventure Blog entries before anywhere else while supporting my trade and craft. Along with early blog posts, Patreon backers also receive access to trail comics, drawings, and videos.) Originally posted: 7/20/2018. Transcribed from handwritten journal. July 12th – Thursday – 8 miles hiked – 57.4 total I made it to an Urgent care yesterday and was given a script of oral steroids for my skin. Overnight I felt a difference; more dry and crusty than puffy and inflamed. So, today we hiked out of Kennedy Meadows. We left around 12:30 pm, eager to hike, but also a little bummed. We…

  • Adventures,  Sierra Nevada 2018

    Into the Wilderness – Walker Pass to Kennedy Meadows

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my Adventure Blog entries before anywhere else while supporting my trade and craft. Along with early blog posts, Patreon backers also receive access to trail comics, drawings, and videos.) Originally posted: 7/12/2018. Transcribed from handwritten journal. 6/26/18 — Tuesday A year ago today I was staying at a trail angels house in Burney, CA, waiting for a resupply package to arrive so we could start hiking the NorCal section of the PCT. We had skipped the Sierra portion due to record snowpack and melt. Today I am in PDX, waiting to board a bus to go hike a small section of…

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    Persistence Creates Toughness

    ESCAPE FROM MOJAVE Last time we met our hero, they were recovering from heat exhaustion in Hiker Town, just outside of Mojave, CA. It was 106F, and it was a real struggle to get food down. The realization had been made that the only way to continue this trail was to get out of the desert. And they did. … Those who have never done any long distance backpacking may look at thru hiking as a kind of vacation. That’s not too far from the truth, but a vacation is usually just a brief escape from the everyday. When thru hiking, your every day becomes the hike. You get up…

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    Actual Trudging

    So, let’s talk about how much I hate the desert. I grew up in Michigan, where the winters are characteristically cold and dry, with at least a few feet of snow. The upstairs of my childhood home had no heat, no insulation, and old drafty windows. Naturally that’s where my bedroom was, and sometimes I woke up seeing my breath, scratching ice off my windows to see outside. I wasn’t miserable though; I’m a cold loving creature. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy summers, especially dry heat! But I cannot handle the deserts of the American Southwest, especially in late June and on the PCT. Yesterday it was 98F by…