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Hiked to Deep Creek Hot Springs
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7/14/18
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PCT along Silverwood Lake CA
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6/19/18
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No snow, please We woke up early but there were two inches of snow on the ground, so we all rolled over and went back to sleep. Once we got up, we started feverishly watching the weather report, praying that it would clear by noon.  We had taken a full…
PCT23 – 369 – Wrightwood
PCT23 – 369 – Wrightwood
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Last minute packing for the 2018 season.
(Originally posted on The Trek) As I mentioned before, I’m at the final kitchen-sink phase of packing for the hike.   The last few bits and extra things that might come in handy; spare hair elastics, for instance, or a silnylon pouch to help organize all…

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10 days to go, final thoughts and gear tweaks.
I'm counting down to the day before the day before I leave; it's the last day that I can actually do anything.  After months of hurry-up-and-wait, final planning tasks take on a somewhat frantic tone.   Work is almost done, 1 more day that's largely…
PCT-10 : Countdown
PCT-10 : Countdown
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For any through hikers that want a trail angel around Highway 173, the Deep Creek area just after Big Bear, drop me a line.

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PCT near Silverwood Lake
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New post at The Trek. Leave the trails better off than when you found them.
(First posted at The Trek) Pack It in, Pack It Out All of the Leave No Trace principles are geared around a common theme, preserving the wildness of the outdoors.   Depending on your world view, there’s a number of good reasons for this.  Mine are…

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(reposted from The Trek) If you’re a hiker, and you ever use the Internet, you know there’s a lot of discussion about reducing pack weight.   One phrase I hear a lot is “how do I go ultralight?”.  The answer is complicated, because it’s the Internet, but…
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