Tagged: pct 2014

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Music and Audiobooks for Better Hiking on the PCT

I didn’t listen to music or other audio for the first 1200 miles of my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. I chugged along in my own head, listening to nature, having arguments with imaginary people, or playing call-and-response...

The inflorescence of a lanceleaf liveforever plant (Dudleya lanceolata), beside the trail in Southern California. 6

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. 14

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...