Gear List for PCT

All the gear: tent, sleeping bag, pack, clothing, stove, water, health supplies and more

Choosing the right trekking pole

Where should I start? I have procrastinated over writing this blog for a long time. I have visited reputable hiking stores, watched countless demonstrations, and tried the latest offerings, but…

Take a hike, Arthritis!

I mean that in the kindest way. You can walk with me, arthritis, but I expect no complaints. Osteoarthritis has crept up on me in the past ten years, and…

Avoiding Dehydration

No one wants to get dehydrated. Insufficient fluid intake can lead to heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion can rapidly develop into heatstroke and the very real possibility of death. Often the…

Should I be worried about dry skin?

How unpleasant can it be? ‘A small tube of sunscreen is all you need,’ came the wise words of an experienced PCT thru-hiker. It will keep those parts of your…

What is a Ramen bomb?

It’s the easiest fuss-free tasty camping meal you’ll ever eat. I’m lazy. If it only takes pouring some boiling water on top of a mass of cheap lightweight dehydrated ingredients…

Should you wear zero drop shoes?

Can you pick the Altra and Merrell Footprints or do we have a wild creature on the trail? The first question most Pacific Crest Trail Facebook Year Groups ask is…