Those unfamiliar with the Pacific Crest Trail tend to assume that the trail follows the coast, but sadly it fails to even come within eye-shot of the ocean. Looking at a giant zoomed-out map of the Pacific Crest Trail aids in impressing people with its length and demonstrating its true proximity
The Pacific Crest Trail: T-Minus One Month
It is unclear whether I have yet to fully appreciate the drastic lifestyle shift I am about to undergo, or if the prospect of sleeping alone in the woods for five months very subtly excites me. What I do know is that after researching and writing about how to not be eaten by bears, all I can
The Ultimate Trail Mix Recipe
Take it from someone who's been there, pouring seven pounds of M&Ms into a trash bag is far more satisfying than you may already suspect. Follow that up with pounds of nuts and dried fruit, and you have yourself the ultimate bag of layered trail mix ingredients. You have now arrived at the far
8 Ridiculous PCT Acronyms to Learn
Hikers very much enjoy the use of acronyms, no matter how obscure or unintuitive they may be. However, the use of acronyms is not exclusive to hikers, and I would venture to say that more groups than not are quite fond of acronyms. Whether it be to instill a false sense of creativity, to create
How To Not Be Eaten by Bears
Plenty of things can kill you whilst walking alone for hundreds of miles in isolated woods: hypothermia, starvation, dysentery, hatchet murderers, the headless horseman, lightning strikes, and the most terrifying of all - bears. Imagine yourself snuggled into your sleeping bag late one night,
PCT DANGER: Marijuana Hazard!
The PCTA has just posted some shocking news on their blog. Apparently, some of the people living in our one and only greatest nation that ever was or ever will be have decided that the law does not apply to them. And they are growing marijuana along the Pacific Crest Trail. Shocking, I
What Is The ADZPCTKO?
Every year around the end of April, hundreds of past and prospective hikers gather at Lake Morena for the Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick-Off or ADZPCTKO. The event marks the unofficial start of the PCT thru-hiking season (although plenty of hikers will be departing prior to and after
Gifts from the PCTA!
When applying for a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike permit, you have the option of also joining the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA). Since I am taking advantage of the countless man-hours needed to maintain this 2,600 mile long trail across the country, I decided it would be only fitting