Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Precarious Hike Up Lava Mountain, Wyoming

I was asked to write an article for the Continental Divide Trail Alliance about some event that happened on the trail.  The article will appear on Backpackinglight.com in the next week or so.  In conjunction with the release of the article, I thought I'd go ahead and upload a video from that day, and here it is:


If there was ever a time where I thought I might die, it was on the CDT on August 14, 2009. I am thankful to be alive.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hiking the Appalachian Trail Confirmed

I have booked my travel to Georgia on March 9th, and I just ordered the AT Guide, written by David "Awol" Miller.   Yep, I am hiking north on the Appalachian Trail for a few weeks!  I still have maps from my 2000 southbound hike that I will bring with me (not that I necessarily need them!) so that I might plot out some possible blue blaze routes.  My goal is to get up to central Virginia, and then head back to California to be the Presentation Coordinator for Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff (ADZPCTKO).  More to come later on!
Freefall and Patch (CDT 2009) at Newfound Gap on the
Appalachian Trail in September 2010.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Memories of the CDT and Hiking on the AT

I was going through some pictures, and I found this shot taken from near the top of Parkview Mountain in northern Colorado.  I miss the CDT.  Tomorrow, I am hoping to meet up with Luna, who just moved up to the Bay Area.  He is looking at hiking the Appalachian Trail starting in June, and he's hoping to do it in just 2 1/2 months!

View of the Divide from Parkview Mountain
I am also looking at a hike on the AT starting in March.  I am thinking about starting in Georgia with the rest of the pack, and walking north to Damascus, Virginia, but I am still open to doing something different.  My interest in the Appalachian Trail has been rekindled following a 70-mile hike back in September 2010, and I am eager to do some hiking before getting serious with an upcoming career opportunity.  Happy Trails!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

One Year Later...

Are you kidding me? I just realized that today is the one year anniversary of my completion of the Continental Divide Trail. I guess I am now a 'has been' in the thru-hiker world of the CDT. Ugh! Nonetheless, I have been reflecting on my life over the last year, and mulling the post-trail dreams that have come to fruition, or have yet to be accomplished. Here are a few of them:

  • My CDT video.  I have 26 hours of footage that I have uploaded to a hard drive, so where's the movie that I am supposed to produce?  Well, ummmm... it's not done... Heck, I have not even stitched on clip together.  I did get some footage from So Far three weeks ago, so I guess that I can say it is in progress.  That said, I need to get my butt in gear, and produce the video.  It will be a long, dark winter up here in Portland, and I will have a lot of evening time to work on it.  Until then everyone has to entertain themselves with my collection of videos here.
  • Trail maintenance.  When I was on the trail, I expressed interest in doing trail work when I finished, since I felt that I needed to give back to the trail, and maintained I did!  During the month of July, I joined up with a Northwest Sevice Academy crew at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park in Northern California, where I helped maintain a 3-mile stretch from Peavine Creek to Red Mountain.  I had a great time, and one can read about my adventure here.
  • Print, mount, and display pictures of the CDT.  Since I have little to no expendable income, I have not done that.  However, I sent my best pictures to the Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) for their photo contest.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that I win.
  • Renew my commitments with the Continental Divide Trail Society and the CDTA.  I will renew memberships in December.
  • See my friends from my hike.  After the hike, I got to spend time with George and Luna in California, and I saw Luna again at ADZPCTKO.  Also at the Kickoff, I spent some time with Toothfairy, and later saw her up at McArthury-Burney Falls State Park when I was doing trail work.  I also spent time with So Far when he visited California, and now I get to see him weekly as I moved here to Portland.  Panda also lives up here in PDX, and I have yet to visit with him now that I am here.  Finally, I got to see Patch down in Tennessee-North Carolina when I did a 70-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail.  I'd say I have done a good job in this category!
  • Build a hikethecdt.com website.  I just bought the domain last week, and I have started to put the site together.  I look to publish the site in the next week, so be on the lookout for it!
  • Hike.  I'd like to get back on the CDT next year.  Where?  I don't know.  It sure would be fun to do a northbound hike starting in southern New Mexico, as I would love to see that state in blossom in the spring, especially the Gila River Wilderness.  However, I did manage to hike several chunks on the PCT this year... about 150-miles.  I also did a 70-mile Sierras loop hike with my friend Wes, a 20-mile hike at Point Reyes National Seashore with my mom, and a 70-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail.  Not bad for an off year.
  • Get more involved.  I continue my service as the Presentation Coordinator for ADZPCTKO, and since I moved to Portland, I am now involved with the Mt. Hood Chapter of the PCTA as a trail volunteer, and as the chapter secretary.  I am also in the works of applying for a job with a certain trail organization that must remain nameless at this time.  Again, keeping my fingers crossed!
There you have it - my post-CDT trail recap of the year.  Here's to another year of living off the trial... Ugh!  Until next time, enjoy this little video from the bone cave in Montana.
video

Monday, June 14, 2010

What Do You Think of Warren Lake?

I just did a presentation on the Continental Divide Trail with friends here in San Francisco.  I found this video clip, and I just had to share it here on the blog as a token of the absurd conversations that I had out there with my companions.  Enjoy.