2016 PCT Section Hiker Gear List

Spring is in the air. The black-headed grosbeaks, acorn woodpeckers, and hummingbirds are just returning. Madrone blossoms rain down, looking like patches of snow. Allergy goo flows from the nose. The newborn black-tailed fawns prance through the front yard following their cautious mother. The garden weeds are joyfully excommunicated. Evasive maneuvers are used dodging the numerous… More 2016 PCT Section Hiker Gear List

My Next Career Is Toe Wrestling – A Thru-Hike That Ends Before It Starts

My foot is hurt and now I will crawl into a corner and cry. If I were Anne of Green Gables, I would be in the “depths of despair.” Is this what happens when you’ve hiked 6,000 miles and tied your shoes too tight? During all those miles, I’ve never had an injury bump me… More My Next Career Is Toe Wrestling – A Thru-Hike That Ends Before It Starts

The Jeopardy Question – My Thyroid Story

Story originally written for Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association (ThyCa). It’s Thyroid Awareness Month! If you have cold intolerance, stiff joints, fatigue, thin hair, and have gained weight, get your thyroid hormone checked! It was the Spring of 2006 and I was studying geology at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. I was watching Jeopardy one… More The Jeopardy Question – My Thyroid Story

Reducing Pack Weight After The Big 3 – Bag Of Magic Potions

It’s a well-known fact that the easiest way to reduce your base weight is by scrutinizing your Big 3. Tent, Sleeping Bag, Backpack. You might have just dropped $1,200 on the lightest, most badass Big 3. But then what? Are you just going to throw bulky clothes and giant tubes of sunscreen in your pack… More Reducing Pack Weight After The Big 3 – Bag Of Magic Potions