PCT lingo, PCT guidebook, Laura Randall

PCT Lingo: A Primer on Hiker Slang

"Zeros and Neros Welcome" A few years ago, before I started hiking the PCT, I would have guessed this sign was inviting losers and fiddlers to stop by. It's actually part of a whole new language you learn on the trail. Situated near Mile 127, this sign...

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Pacific Crest Trail, Jordan Summers,

The Final Push on the Pacific Crest Trail

Section K September 1 – 8 Food. I’m gonna get food. There’ll be lots of food. I want all the food. Don’t rain. Smoke is better than rain. No rain. It’s raining. Aagh! Bus leaves High Bridge at 0945. Make miles. Can’t miss the bus. I can make the...

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Pacific Crest Trail, Laura Randall, PCT Class of 2017

“Fire and Ice”: the Challenges of the PCT in 2017

Weather curveballs, wildfire detours, and other challenges are nothing new for Pacific Crest Trail hikers. But this year brought an unprecedented amount of difficulties for thru-hikers tackling the legendary 2,650-mile route from Mexico to Canada. Record snowpack. Swollen rivers. Raging wildfires in the Pacific Northwest...

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Appalachian Trail

A Mountain, A Beer, and a Big Birthday

One of our favorite long trails is turning the big 8-0 this month. In honor of this momentous occasion, we asked one of our favorite Appalachian Trail authors, Lafe Low of Best Hikes on the Appalachian Trail: New England, to pen a birthday post. So the Appalachian...

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Palomar Mountain, Afoot & Afield: San Diego County, Scott Turner, Barker Valley, California hiking

Must-Do Backpacking Trips at Palomar Mountain

Without a doubt, the rolling high country of Palomar Mountain in California contains San Diego County’s most picture-perfect mountain scenery. Palomar’s uplands, covered with forests of pine, oak, fir, and cedar, and its gentle valleys, laced with sparkling streams, bring to mind landscapes more commonly...

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Day and Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail Washington, PCT, Adrienne Schaefer

Three Day Hikes on the PCT in Washington

July is by far the most popular time to hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington. And for good reason! The weather is great, the meadows show off their vibrant array of wildflowers, and many of the alpine lakes are just getting warm enough to...

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Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Wilderness Press 50th anniversary

The Time Before the Pacific Crest Trail

The trails in the Sierra and the PCT are so engrained in our 50 years as guidebook publishers that it's hard to imagine a time before the iconic Pacific Crest Trail weaved its way from Mexico to Canada. Yet Wilderness Press was already a year...

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County, Scott Turner, Wilderness Press, San Diego hiking

Photographing the Pages of my Favorite Book

Every once in a while, there’s a moment in life where a single choice will send you down a profoundly different path. One of these choices happened to me in Spring 2011. I received an unexpected chunk of change, and with all that coin burning...

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego, Scott Turner, Jerry Schad, hiking in California, San Diego

On Revising the Hiking Bible of San Diego

Since December of 2014, I have been working on a full revision and update of Jerry Schad’s hiking guide, Afoot and Afield: San Diego County. Part of my revision included hiking every inch of those 1,420 miles to determine what had changed and what was new. From...

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Honoring the Women of the PCT

Before there was Cheryl Strayed, there was Catherine Montgomery. In 1926, almost a century before Strayed’s best-selling memoir about her Pacific Crest Trail experience was published, Montgomery came up with the idea of creating a ridgeline track from Canada to Mexico. It seems fitting to pay tribute...

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