PCT: South Lake Tahoe to Chester

Total miles walked: 3724 miles PCT distance walked: 1331 miles Distance remaining: 1319 miles We’re over halfway!!! PCT midpoint ‘monument’. The monument may have been underwhelming, but going over the half way point felt good 🙂 As per normal, Natalie didn’t want to leave town and go back on the trail, and I couldn’t wait…

PCT: Mammoth Lakes to South Lake Tahoe.

Total miles walked: 3475 miles PCT distance walked: 1092 miles Distance remaining: 1558 miles At the start of this trip I made a promise to myself to be honest when I wrote these blogs. So I’m that spirit I’d have to describe the last section as a tale of two, wildly different parts. We left…

PCT: Kennedy Meadows to Mammoth Lakes

Total miles walked: 3284 miles PCT distance walked: 903 miles Distance remaining: 1747 miles Altitude, Mt. Whitney, mosquitoes, and mountain pass after mountain pass… We’ve just checked into a hotel room at Mammoth Lakes to enjoy a night in a bed for only the second time since we stared the PCT two months ago. It’s…

PCT: Lake Isabella to Kennedy Meadows.

Total miles walked: 3083 miles PCT distance walked: 702 miles Distance remaining: 1948 miles Rattlesnake encounters: 11 “Just you wait ’till you get the high sierras…” Kennedy Meadows is a tiny town in the middle of nowhere with a population of around 200. But for the PCT hikers it’s huge. It marks the end of…

PCT: Hiker Town to Lake Isabella.

Total miles walked: 3032 miles PCT distance walked: 651 miles Distance remaining: 1999 miles Rattlesnake encounters: 11 It feels great to have completed that section! The walk out of Hiker Town is notorious. It’s flat, very hot, and extremely windy (the perfect place for one of the worlds largest wind farms). We left late in…

PCT: Acton KOA to Hiker Town.

Total miles walked: 2899 miles PCT distance walked: 518 miles Distance remaining: 2132 miles 🐍: 8 Dehydration and Casa De Luna… We took an unexpected zero day at Acton KOA. Despite being extremely careful to stay hydrated whilst walking, and despite being at a campsite with readily available water, Natalie got dehydrated. Basically, she was…

PCT: Wrightwood to Acton KOA.

Total miles walked: 2826 miles PCT distance walked: 445 miles Distance remaining: 2205 miles 🐍: 5 This was a short, but tough little section. We hiked out of Wrightwood and almost immediately started to climb Mt. Baden Powell. At over 9000ft, it’s just about the highest point we’ve hiked since we started. In the Pyrenees…

PCT: Big Bear to Wrightwood

Total miles walked: 2751 miles PCT distance walked: 370 miles Distance remaining: 2290 miles Rattlesnake encounters: 3 This was undoubtedly the section of natural hot springs and McDonald’s… We found it hard to leave Big Bear. We utilised our time there wisely: spending half eating, and the other half having cuddles with Yogi, the Burmese…

PCT: Idyllwild to Big Bear Lake.

Total miles walked: 2647 miles PCT distance walked: 266 miles Distance remaining: 2384 miles Rattlesnake encounters: 2 This last section was incredibly easy on the eyes and rather tough on the legs. We left Idyllwild with a terrific, self inflicted headache (thanks pitchers of beer!) and set out to hike back up to the trail….

PCT: Warner Springs to Idyllwild.

Total miles walked: 2564 miles PCT distance walked: 183 miles Distance remaining: 2467 miles It was quite difficult to tear ourselves away from Warner Springs. To begin with, the restaurant by the golf course gave us a superb breakfast. I initially thought the waitress had made a mistake when she came staggering to our table…