From the Crest to the Coast – Day 70 – 73: Bishop to Cape Mear, OR

Miles: 1.5 My panic keeps me up until 3 am, a time of morning I haven’t seen in a really long time, but eventually I get two hours of half-sleep. Then I see Denied walk past my tent, ready at the time we’d agreed upon, and so I get out to tell him the news:Continue reading “From the Crest to the Coast – Day 70 – 73: Bishop to Cape Mear, OR”

Nero in Bishop, Panic on Trail – Day 69: bishop to Onion Valley Trail Head

Date: June 29 PCT miles: no Miles: 1.5 I get up early and ride a loaner bicycle to the grocery store. Well, first I go for a mile in the wrong direction, but I genuinely don’t mind because riding bikes is fun and the weather is perfect.  When I get back I have to tryContinue reading “Nero in Bishop, Panic on Trail – Day 69: bishop to Onion Valley Trail Head”

A Risk to Others – Day 68: Zero in Bishop

Date: June 28 I wake up and grab breakfast with Rainfly. He pays for my breakfast which is sweet and then we have a nice conversation about the trail. Afterward I go to do laundry and the whole group is there. They’re planning the next section of the trail. “Anything I can do to help?”Continue reading “A Risk to Others – Day 68: Zero in Bishop”

Kearsarge Pass Day 67: Campsite before Kearsarge to Bishop

Date: June 27 PCT miles: ? Miles: 8ish We get up around 5 and immediately head up steep switchbacks, but they’re dry and so I’m happy to have them. The group waits for me where the snow begins and Co navigates us through trees and sun cups around Bullfrog Lake. At one point I getContinue reading “Kearsarge Pass Day 67: Campsite before Kearsarge to Bishop”

Forester Pass, aka The Trail Made Me Cry, Part 2 – Day 66: Tyndall Creek Campground to Campsite Before Kearsarge

PCT miles: 774.5 to 787.2 Miles: 12.7* We wake early and are hiking around 4:30. I’m feeling apprehensive but the pass has to be climbed, so onward we go.  Last night I told the group I would really like to not be left alone, and they do a good job of waiting for me whenContinue reading “Forester Pass, aka The Trail Made Me Cry, Part 2 – Day 66: Tyndall Creek Campground to Campsite Before Kearsarge”

Still A Little Shaken – Day 65: Crabtree Meadow Ranger Station to Tyndall Creek Campsite

PCT Miles: 767 to 774.5 + 1 from campsite  Miles: 8.5 We get a later start, because we don’t have passes, just creek crossings. We’re trying to get as close to the notorious Forester Pass as we can do we can do it early in the morning while the snow is still hard. I hikeContinue reading “Still A Little Shaken – Day 65: Crabtree Meadow Ranger Station to Tyndall Creek Campsite”

Mt Whitney Day, aka The Trail Made Me Cry – Day 64: Crabtree Meadow Ranger Station & Back

PCT miles: 0 Miles: 14ish We gave up on hitting Mt Whitney at sunrise and instead get up at 330 and are hiking by 445. I’m happy for this because I don’t do well when my sleep schedule is messed up.  We’re hiking in the dark briefly and then the sun rises, but it doesn’tContinue reading “Mt Whitney Day, aka The Trail Made Me Cry – Day 64: Crabtree Meadow Ranger Station & Back”

Staging for Whitney – Day 63: Chicken Spring Lake to Crabtree Meadow Ranger Station Camp

PCT miles: 750.8 to 767.0 + 1 mile to camp  Miles: 17.2 I get up early and set out. I tend to get on trail by 6am and the group tends to be more like 7 or 730, but they don’t really take breaks other than lunch and I like to break somewhat frequently, soContinue reading “Staging for Whitney – Day 63: Chicken Spring Lake to Crabtree Meadow Ranger Station Camp”

Into the High Sierra – Day 62: Lone Pine to Chicken Spring Lake

PCT miles: 745.3 to 750.8 + 2ish miles up Trail Pass Miles: 7ish This morning our trail angel makes us breakfast – eggs and bagels and fresh fruit and juices. We eat outside on her patio (we did this last night when she ordered us all Chinese food) and her desert tortoise wanders around entertainingContinue reading “Into the High Sierra – Day 62: Lone Pine to Chicken Spring Lake”

Reunions with Friends – Day 59: 10500′ Foot Tent Site to Lone Pine

PCT miles: 735.1 to 745.3 + 2ish miles on Trail Pass Miles: 12ish In my dream I see my mother. We are in the kitchen and she is cooking and I am washing dishes but she’s talking to someone like I’m not there. “Colleen needs to go back to the trail,” she’s saying. “What isContinue reading “Reunions with Friends – Day 59: 10500′ Foot Tent Site to Lone Pine”