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10 Things I learned in my first 1000 miles on the PCT

Our Love of Hiking

Hiking is our thing.  It’s our couple thing, our family thing, our exercise and our connection to nature.  Since the beginning, day-hikes have been part of our relationship. Then our first backpacking experience in the late 90’s hooked us.

We hiked around Washington’s Mt Rainier on The Wonderland Trail.  Even though it was super difficult with elevation gains & losses at the equivalent of ascending/descending the mountain twice, we’d still do it again!  We loved it (and also hated it a little).  After that, we’ve done countless day and weekend hikes. 

And we always have the Pacific Crest Trail in the back of our minds.  So in 2019 we set out to thru-hike it! The trail stretches from the boarder of California and Mexico all the way up to the boarder of Washington and Canada.  In preparation, we sold our house and moved into an apartment, which just happened to be right down the street from REI!  Later, we quit our jobs and planned an adventure! What a crazy ride the PCT was, even when it didn’t go according to plan.  So, basically the foundation of our marriage is rooted in dirt, stream crossings and long meandering paths.  And it’s such a good life!

Hiking History Over the Years

We hike to be outdoors, to experience nature in all her beauty, and to connect with each other & with other hikers.  Hiking fills us with peace and exhilaration for what our bodies can accomplish. Another awesome reason we hike is because lots of miles = lots of trail snacks!  Of course, that’s a great bonus! We ran many miles together in our younger years.  But now hiking fulfills that desire for sunshine, nature and good company. 

Pairs of Trail Shoes

Nights in the Wilderness

Hamburgers enjoyed after hiking

Tents Owned

Walk the Pacific Crest Trail With Us

Check out each section of the trail with us below.  Or click our blog posts page to just read it all in chronological order.  If, you know, you like to read this kind of hiker-trash thing!  

Recent Hiking Articles

From expenses & trip planning to weight loss reports.  Learn about our favorite hikes and backpacking spots.

PCT:Day 214: Slack packing

PCT:Day 214: Slack packing

Day: 214 Direction: Southbound  Trail location: 1470 Cumulative miles hiked: 2189 Miles hiked today: 11.8 Elevation: 6000 High/low temp humidity: Spinning on the turntable: Richard K. Morgan: Altered Carbon Today I had expectations that I would fly up and down...

PCT:Day 213: Shake it baby!

PCT:Day 213: Shake it baby!

Day: 213 Direction: Southbound  Trail location: 1458 Cumulative miles hiked: 2178 Miles hiked today: 12.29 Elevation: 4661 High/low temp humidity: 85/58/15 Spinning on the turntable: Richard K. Morgan: Altered Carbon This morning began with a four mile uphill haul. I...

PCT:Day 212: Trail magic

PCT:Day 212: Trail magic

Day: 212 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1446 Cumulative miles hiked: 2165 Miles hiked today: 12.35 Elevation: 6557 High/low temp humidity: 89/61/20 Spinning on the turntable: Richard K. Morgan: Altered Carbon Feeling rebellious this morning I opted to drink...

PCT: Day 211: Going back for wilson

PCT: Day 211: Going back for wilson

Day: 211 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1433 Cumulative miles hiked: 2153 Miles hiked today: 15.14 Elevation: 6557High/low temp humidity: 89/57/15 Spinning on the turntable: Billy Joel: Live through the years Each day on the trail I tell myself that tomorrow...

PCT: Day 210: Fire Burnout

PCT: Day 210: Fire Burnout

Day: 210 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1418 Cumulative miles hiked: 2148 Miles hiked today: 14.82 Elevation: 6455 High/low temp humidity: Spinning on the turntable: Coldplay: Everyday Life Hiking through a burnout section isn’t the most exciting thing in the...

PCT: Day 209

PCT: Day 209

Day: 209 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1403 Cumulative miles hiked: 2134 Miles hiked today: 13.74 Elevation: 3031 High/low temp humidity: 89/57/15 Spinning on the turntable: Diana Krall: Sunflower The trail behind me (North) has been closed due to a forest...

Day 171 of the PCT

Closing in on the Washington and Canada border, and it’s a cold, rainy, wintery day.  Hiking is a gift and a challenge, with so many sides to the same coin.  Come along for the journey!

Closing in on the Washington and Canada border.  It's a cold, rainy, wintery day.  Hiking is a gift and a challenge.  Come along for the journey!

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The desert
Trail Bridge
Forest in Washington on the PCT
Soft dirt trail