Pacific Crest Trail 2015

In 2015 I set out from the Mexican border to attempt my first long distance thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

Location: California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia Canada.
Southern Terminus: Campo, California
Northern Terminus: Washington/Canada border (which is in the middle of nowhere, so you have to walk 8 more miles to finish at Manning Park in Canada.)
Distance: 2660 miles, plus extra for side trips to get water, trips into towns and side adventures like climbing Mt Whitney!
Highest Point: Forrester Pass 13,153ft / 4,009m
Lowest point: Cascade Locks 140ft / 43m
Elevation: +483,735 / -482,741 that’s the equivilant of climbing Everest – from sea to summit and back down again – over 16 times!!

Here are my blog posts, organised in order…

Pre-trail
And so it begins
Trail angels
Och aye the noo
How wild it was, to let it be.
I’m like a fat kid in a sweet shop
Why?
FAQ
From then to now
The trouble is you think you have time.
Fear is nothing but a state of mind
Everyone likes to talk about food
Hair Today. Gone Tomorrow.
One day we will beat cancer
San Diego

On the trail
Day 1 – Highs and Lows, Ups and Downs
Day 2 – Check the Map
Day 3 – Magical Mt Laguna
Day 4 – Realisation
Day 5 – Triple Trail Magic
Day 6 – Hot. Hostile. Spiky. Dry. Dusty. Brown
Day 7 – 100 Miles
Day 8 – A Day of Two Halves
Day 9 – Bodily Functions
Day 10 – A Trip To Paradise
Day 11 – Idyllwild. Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Day 12 – Mountains Are Calling
Day 13 – We’re Going Down
Day 14 – Double Puff
Day 15 – Getting High
Day 16 – Nature Calls
Day 17 – Big Bear Lake
Day 18 – An Almost Perfect Day
Day 19 – The People We Meet
Day 20 – Hot Springs
Day 21 – McDonalds Is Never A Good Idea
Day 22 – Above The Clouds
Day 23 – Wrightwood
Day 24 – Baden Powell
Day 25 – Hotcold
Day 26 – Snow In Southern California
Day 27 – An Easy Day
Day 28 – Casa De Luna
Day 29 – Detour
Day 30 – 30 Miles In One Day Is A Long Way
Day 31 – Tired
Day 32 – Tehachapi
Day 33 – Tehachapi Part Two
Day 34 – Back In The Wind Farms
Day 35 – All Aboard The Struggle Bus
Day 36 – Not Quite To Plan
Day 37 – Making Up The Miles
Day 38 – Ascent
Day 39 – Running To Kennedy Meadows
Day 40 – And Relax
Day 41 – We’ve Got To Get Out Of This Place
Day 42 – Almost Back On Track
Day 43 – We Are Definitely In The Sierra Now
Day 44 – A Huge Day
Day 45 – Mt Whitney
Day 46 – Forrester Pass
Day 47 – Kearsarge Pass
Day 48 – Lone Pine
Day 49 – Glen Pass
Day 50 – Inner Demons
Day 51 – Two Passes In One Day
Day 52 – The Most Difficult Of All The Passes
Day 53 – Selden Pass
Day 54 – Change Of Plan
Day 55 – Storms Approaching
Day 56 – Reds Meadow
Day 57 – Mammoth
Day 58 – Food Is Heavy
Day 59 – All By Myself
Day 60 – Days Like These
Day 61 – A Change Of Scene
Day 62 – Hothot
Day 63 – Dorothy Lake
Day 64 – One Thousand Miles!
Day 65 – The Kindness Of Strangers
Day 66 – Sunset
Day 67 – One Man And His Dog
Day 68 – We Nearly Got It Right
Day 69 – Tahoe
Day 70 – Hike Naked Day
Day 71 – Taking It Easy
Day 72 – Tinker Knob
Day 73 – Soda Springs
Day 74 – Big Miles. Big Smiles.
Day 75 – All About The Food
Day 76 – A Proper Zero
Day 77 – Back On The Trail
Day 78 – An Unplanned Stop
Day 79 – An Unplanned Rest
Day 80 – Fire!
Day 81 – Hot And Humid
Day 82 – Hike On Down To Party Town
Day 83 – 4th July
Day 84 – Cold Cherries
Day 85 – We’re Half Way There!
Day 86 – Under The Boardwalk
Day 87 – Rain
Day 88 – Old Station
Day 89 – Hat Creek Rim
Day 90 – Burney Falls
Day 91 – Snake And Fire In One Day
Day 92 – Twix For Breakfast
Day 93 – Up Down Up Down
Day 94 – Shasta
Day 95 – Queen Of Soda Creek
Day 96 – 1500 Miles
Day 97 – Fat In 15
Day 98 – Jurassic Park
Day 99 – Elevation
Day 100 – Etna
Day 101 – Not The Best
Day 102 – Big Miles
Day 103 – The Long Climb
Day 104 – Oregon!
Day 105 – Ashland
Day 106 – Callahans
Day 107 – Back On The Trail
Day 108 – Tough Day
Day 109 – I Blame The Mosquitos
Day 110 – Magic
Day 111 – Crater Lake
Day 112 – Smokey
Day 113 – Rain
Day 114 – Lakes
Day 115 – Out Of The Trees
Day 116 – Lava
Day 117 – Bend
Day 118 – Night Hiking
Day 119 – 2000 Miles, And A Bit More
Day 120 – All Of The Weather
Day 121 – Magic
Day 122 – All You Can Eat
Day 123 – Timberline
Day 124 – Eagle Creek
Day 125 – Hello Washington
Day 126 – Limited Views
Day 127 – 26 Miles Is Easy
Day 128 – Mt Adams
Day 129 – Goat Rocks Wilderness
Day 130 – The Knife Edge
Day 131 – A Day At White Pass
Day 132 – Our Dog Wouldn’t Like It
Day 133 – To The Cabin
Day 134 – Nothing But Blue Sky (And Some Clouds And A Bit Of Smoke)
Day 135 – Snoqualmie
Day 136 – Zero Miles
Day 137 – Zero Miles Part 2
Day 138 – Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Day 139 – I Wanted Rain. I Got Rain
Day 140 – Don’t Mess With Me Mousey
Day 141 – More Rain
Day 142 – The Dinsmores
Day 143 – Difficult Decisions
Day 144 – Chelan To Stehekin
Day 145 – It’s Winter In Washington
Day 146 – Cold, Really Cold
Day 147 – I Want It To End. I Never Want It To End.
Day 148 – Oh Canada!
Day 149 – The Missing Miles
Day 150 – Those Colours
Day 151 – Pacific Crest Obstacle Course
Day 152 – Almost There
Day 153 – The End

Post Trail
Epilogue
Heartache and Happiness – Life After Adventure
How To Deal With The Post Adventure Blues. Part 1.
How To Deal With The Post Adventure Blues. Part 2.
10 Things I Learnt While Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail

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