PCT: Day 41

PCT Day 41

Miles today: 15.3

Trail miles: 357.2

Elevation: 6467

Spinning on the turntable: DMB: Away from the world

A very long day of hiking and elevation gain. Gaining 3500 feet over 15 miles hurts my body. I ache tonight.

PCT Day 41

Burned birches

I carried five liters of water to start, and then picked up another liter when Noelle turned back to return to the hotel. I usually carry two or three liters (4.4 to 6.6 lbs). I felt every ounce of the six liters. My back feels fine but my ankles are barking!

Months before we started our trip we discussed what we would do if one of us was injured and holed up in a hotel recuperating. We agreed that the uninjured party would hike on and we’d reunite down the trail.

Roughly four miles into our hike today we put that plan into action. Noelle returned to the hotel and I carried on. It was a difficult day without Noelle. If Noelle bails on the trail I think I’ll continue on my own for a week or two, but I can’t imagine doing this for another four or five months on my own. I’m sure I could do it, but I’m not sure that I would want to do it. What’s the point in taking time out of our everyday lives to spend together if we spend the time apart? Riddle me that! In any case, we each made a vow not to get killed today, knowing that our children would execute the sole survivor.

Tomorrow I’ll have an elevation gain of 2000 feet and plan to knock out roughly 12 miles. I’ll meet up with Noelle in yet another trail town, Wrightwood. Wrightwood is rumored to be the friendliest town on the trail.


  1. Gregory Fast

    Wow, that must have been a really hard day. I feel your pain!


  2. Ryan

    Health and personal safety is #1. I love your blog and it’s my favorite this year, but safety is first. You two have accomplished a lot on your journey so far, but make the best decision for yourselves. I wish you both the best.

    • mcgarveysan

      Thank you Ryan. Glad you’re enjoying our adventure. We are trying to make the best decisions for each of us individually, while also making the best choices we can as a couple! We wish you the best as well!

  3. Heidi Halverson

    I recommend the movie “The Dawn Wall”. It’s so good. Totally about achieving major goal and addresses the challenge when one person can’t do it. Was on Netflix.


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