Last minute nerves

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Finally, we are ready to go, rucksacks are packed and weighed and our ‘lightweight’ approach has been found wanting. They weigh a ton. To be more precise, base weights of 9.8kg (Tanya) and 10.2kg (Neil). With 3 days of food and 5 litres of water our starting weights are going … Read More

Hot feet & rattlesnakes

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Us at the PCT Southern Terminus  Set off north from Campo by the Mexican border fence last Monday. It’s been a very hard 10 days! and a steep learning curve too. It’s our first experience of hiking in a desert, and its been HOT, damn hot! We’ve been told it’s … Read More

Living by the water report

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100 miles further along the trail, and enjoying a very welcome rest day at Big Bear City (mile 265 from the Mexican border). We had been in town for about 5 minutes when a lady recognised us as PCT hikers, and introduced herself as a trail angel – one of … Read More

Poodle dog and detours

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Now enjoying a rest day in the shade, at Agua Dulce (mile 454.5) on the western edge of the Mojave Desert. We’re staying with trail angels again, the Saufleys, at what they call “Hiker Heaven” – and it really is. They host up to 50 hikers in tents and trailers … Read More

Kennedy Meadows – Mile 700!

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Glad to have made it as far as Kennedy Meadows! We are now 702 miles from the Mexican border, which means we are over a quarter of the way to Canada. Nearly through with deserts, water shortages and rattle snakes (maybe), and we are about to enter the Sierra Nevada … Read More

Truly awesome

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“Awesome” is possibly the most overused and abused word in American English, but for the last week we’ve been hiking through scenery which would be hard to describe any other way! After Neil’s comment on our last blog entry about no more rattlesnakes, it was inevitable that we had one … Read More

Into four figures

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Apologies for the long delay since our last posting! We’ve walked 220 miles since then, and passed the momentous (for us) 1000 mile mark. After doing the eight 11,000 foot high passes of the Sierra Nevada, we thought life would get easier north of Tuolumne Meadows, but it wasn’t to … Read More

After the Goldrush

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Hello from Sierra City, an old Californian gold mining town dating from the 1850’s. The population is about 225, plus dozens of grateful hikers enjoying the hospitality of Bill and Margaret at the Red Moose Inn. We were only going to stay one night, but it’s turned into a full … Read More

Nearer to Canada than Mexico

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We are very happy to announce: we are now closer to Canada than Mexico! Last Wednesday we passed the half way marker, and right now we have 1506 miles behind us and 1154 to go. (For the pedantically minded, the trail has grown from 2650 to 2660 miles since they … Read More