• Adventures,  Sierra Nevada 2018

    The Charred Wasteland of my Heart – Oregon, Elk Lake to Olallie Lake Resort

    (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: August 14th, 2018   August 4th – Saturday -14.3 hiked – 263 total – m. 1969.5 Crap, this is my last lined page for over 100 miles. I guess after this I type my journals. So we jumped up to Oregon, where we’re hiking the last 200 miles of the state to arrive just in time for Trail Days. First thing I noticed about the trail here is how smooth…

  • Food,  PCT 2017

    Backpacking Recipe: Buffalo Chick’n Wraps

    Long time no blog, folks! I’ve been bouncing around in my head what I want to do with this blog after-the-fact, and I guess I’ll just fill it with little backpacking things here and there. It doesn’t have to be a strictly 2017 PCT blog, y’know? I just recently flipped through Anna Herby’s “The Dietitian’s Resupply Box: A Guide to Thru-Hiking on a Plant-Based Diet” (It’s currently free on Kindle!), and while I noticed a lot of common recipes, Anna also had a few unique ones in there. Like the butternut squash mac n’ “cheese”. I don’t know why I didn’t think of something like that earlier this year when I…

  • 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…

  • Adventures,  PCT 2017

    It’s always something isn’t it?

    Day 21 Believe it or not, it’s actually difficult for me to write romantically about things I’m currently experiencing. This is probably why for the most part I’ve only written about my pain and frustrations on the trail. I haven’t had a lot of time or mental space to have romantic thoughts about the trail; pain tends to take that luxury away from you. Some parts of the day are like a vacation, sitting in the shade eating a snack, watching the colors of the hills shift as the day rolls on. Other parts are punishment, like marching across the desert under the whip of your slave master. Sometimes I…

  • Food,  PCT 2017

    A Backpacker’s Obsession with Food – Part II

    It’s no secret I love food. I LOVE food. I wake up in the morning, eat food, and start thinking about what I’m going to have for dinner. This is an entirely privileged way to think about food, but circumstances have made it my experience so far in life. While backpacking, this love increases ten-fold. I become ravenous. Through particularly tough stretches I focus on my future dinner. I think about savory, creamy ramen… spicy, chunky chili… or creamy banana pudding… while I try to forget the pain in my toe as I just stubbed it for the fourth time that afternoon. However, in the backcountry, your kitchen is lacking.…

  • PCT 2017

    A Backpacker’s Obsession with Food

    The sun is just starting to touch the tips of the trees, and today’s hike is starting to weigh you down; much like that 30lb pack on your shoulders. There’s a new hole in your shoe and every so often you’ve been shaking pine needles and dust out from between your toes. It rained that morning, and that afternoon was warm, leaving the trail muggy and hot. Your head hurts a little. The last day hiker you saw didn’t say hi or even make eye contact. Today’s been a pretty meh day. The taste of the last Clif bar you ate still lingers in your mouth, or was it a…

  • PCT 2017

    Getting my Poops in a Group

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my PCT prep blogs before anywhere else, as well as support me financially on this grand adventure. Later on these posts will be more in sync with each other, with Patreon backers having access to my trail comics, drawings, and videos.)   Jan 22 Hello, Patrons! I hope you’re doing well. I’m here to distract you from the perils of politics for just one moment; a little bit of digital escapism.   Did you know that trying to make a galaxy pattern with markers is damn near impossible? Just the other day I passed the 90-day mark until…