All the Young Dudes

A strange thing happens after I part ways with Two Bad Dogs: I see ZERO THRU HIKERS on the trail all day (and only four section hikers who are heading south.) This is quite surprising, as this happened only once on my entire PCT thru-hike, and there are more than twice as many people on … More All the Young Dudes

Safety in Numbers/Staring Contests (Never Camp By a Road)

The crusty kids from Virginia and I hike together today. Patrick flies along the trail, barging up the big climbs and jogging down the steep descents. I’m amazed at how fast he hikes with that giant pack; camp shoes swinging wildly from carabiners, a coiled silver sleeping pad thwap-thwap-thwapping against the backs of his thighs.  … More Safety in Numbers/Staring Contests (Never Camp By a Road)

AT 2015 Gear List

Oh hey, Interweb! Guess what? I’m finally getting around to posting a gear list. Exciting, right? No really, though–it sort of is. Trust me, I used to be in the school of folks whose eyes would glaze over the moment someone mentioned gear. But something strange happened while I was hiking the PCT last year. I … More AT 2015 Gear List