Long Distance Backpacking
Several years ago my wife, my kids & I
were working with the Sierra Club doing trail maintenance near
Donner Pass in Northern California. As we worked, a couple of
hikers came through and thanked us for our labor. When I asked
how far they were going, one answered "Canada". This was my introduction
to the Pacific Crest Trail. I was amazed to find that in
today's paved world, there still exists a footpath from Mexico
In May of 2001 I
hitched to the Mexican border and headed North. Every year, as
time has permitted, I head back out to the trail to rack up a
few more miles. Click here to
see my 2002 PCT Pictures, or here
for my 2003 pictures. My
2003 journal is here.
I've lived in Southern California my whole
life, and really got into California's "wild west"
history as a kid. Walking California's trails now as an adult
has rekindled that interest, and I've put some related
links and such here.
A big part of long distance hiking is choosing
the right gear and paring down your essentials. Summer in
Southern California can be very hot and dry, meaning you carry
a lot of water. When you add six or eight liters at over 2
lbs. each, pack weight increases pretty quickly. Click
here to see the gear I use and what I'm doing for food and
water during my hike.