Sleep In The Dirt

A day in the life of a Thru-Hiker – Part 2

Essays From the Field
"The first few hours of hiking really sets the pace for the rest of the day. If you can get ten miles done by 10 a.m., then you are in a great position to either have a big mile day or have a very chill lunch and a decent day mileage-wise. I usually like to spend the first half of the day alone even when hiking with a group; it is a great time for self-reflection and dreaming of the future." Read the rest

Housing Hikers for PCT “Day Zero”

Essays From the Field
"We're on our way to hosting 1,100 this year. It is all gratis, no gifts, no donations. We're crazy--either hug us or lock us up. I will freely admit that the week before the last hiker leaves on May 15, we put a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator. And it's not for the hikers." Read the rest

The Baja Allure – Adventuring South in Springtime

Essays From the Field
"Braden emerged slowly from our sleeping bag, and tiptoed toward the dark figure. I stayed behind, prepared to provide backup with a piece of driftwood in my hand. Braden approached, and the figure seemed startled. But shortly after, a human face manifested; and most importantly, a smile. Turned out, it was midnight, and an elderly Mexican farmer and his son had just acquired a flat tire way out here in the middle of No-Man’s-Beach-Land. One floppy tire, no wrench, no food or water." Read the rest