Tagged: gear

The inflorescence of a lanceleaf liveforever plant (Dudleya lanceolata), beside the trail in Southern California. 5

PCT gear lists: start vs. finish

You’ve heard this story before. Friends & family asked about it. Cheryl Strayed told it. PCT hiker starts with way too much gear, because they didn’t know what they were getting into, then ditches...

Penguin contemplating Lake Marjorie after climbing Pinchot Pass in the High Sierra, with my ULA Circuit Pack and Therm-a-Rest Z Lite sleeping pad on display. 16

PCT gear review: the Big Three

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is a test of willpower above all. Beyond that, some elements can make or break your thru-hike: pacing yourself so you don’t get injured, managing your ravenous hunger, and carrying...

alice on top of half dome in yosemite 2

Backpacking with braces

During my 2012 JMT section hike and 2013 JMT thru-hike, I wore orthodontic braces. Before hiking, I thought it was going to be a hassle in some way or another. This didn’t discourage me...