Author: mountainmanpioneer

Done Walking (At Least for a Little While)

I know I’m way behind on telling this story, but I had to give all of you an update. We did it! PB and I completed our year of hiking, which included 4,500+ miles of walking and the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest something like 83 times. I got frostbite and scurvy (but recovered, thankfully). A skunk tried to climb in my sleeping bag at 3:00 am and I was woken up by wild, nocturnal ponies in a snowstorm. ...

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A Million and a Half Reasons Why

I know I’m supposed to hike the PCT. I’m not sure of all the reasons why yet, but I do know I’m supposed to do it.
My mom gave me a PCT overview map in 2014. We were taking a pit stop at a ranger station somewhere near Jackson, CA. She found it in a free pamphlet section and thought I might like it. I wasn’t a backpacker yet; I just thought it was a interesting map, ...

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How to Choose Your Shelter for the Pacific Crest Trail

The next category in our Pacific Crest Trail gear posts covers how to pick your shelter for the Pacific Crest Trail, a choice you’ll want to make carefully. Your shelter should fit your ideal combination of weight, livable space, and convenience. Your shelter should reflect the rest of your pack system. If you aren’t going ultralight, don’t buy a minimalist tarp. Contrary, if you aren’t a fully loaded comfort seeker, you probably won’t want an expansive, ...

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A Somewhat Less Stereotypical Thru-Hiker

Hey, everyone.
Introductions are always the worst; they feel like one sided interviews. I’ll take the initiative by talking a little bit about myself and what led me to decide to hike the Pacific Crest Trail northbound in 2019.
An overview of my life is a good place to start. I’m probably some sort of hiker stereotype you’d see out on trail: early 20s, white male who just graduated college/university and decided to go on an adventure before settling into a full-time job. ...

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Dealing with Migraines on the Trail

As I get closer to my thru-hike start date on Feb. 14 (no Valentine, might as well hike) I have some last-minute prep still to do. One of the things I have to prepare for is migraines.
These debilitating headaches have been a part of my life since I was a kid of about four or five years old. Thankfully, treatments have come a long way. Back then my medicine was taken, well, let’s just say it wasn’t a pill to swallow orally. ...

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