Friday, August 29, 2014

The rest of our PCT trip- In Journal Entries

Peter and I have been off the trail for a month now. Although relaxing, having regular showers and eating good food is enjoyable, we’re both longing to be uncomfortable. Somehow we enjoy the discomforts of long trail days, dirty legs, aching bodies, and less than ideal food. It’s the simple life and it’s oh so good!

I am quite behind on blogging for this hike and instead of trying to recap every single detail, I am going to share with you snippets of my ‘Journal’. I didn’t bring a pen and paper (luxury items) but I did bring my iPhone and used the wonderful notes section to jot down the days occurrences. Unfortunately, I always wrote at the end of the day (tucked away in my sleeping bag and half asleep) so the details are pretty broad and the grammar is awful. I had a good chuckle reading through them yesterday. I wrote them here exactly as they were written on my phone.

This was a crazy windy climb
Day 18: 30 miles. Hard to get up today! Didn`t start walking until 6:30am. My Thermarest didn`t leak so that was great! Ran into `Victoria` (early b) and hiked over the pass with him. I'm still under the weather today. Rest of the day was easy and pretty flat and uneventful to Tuolomne store. Post office was closed but they gave us our boxes!! We had burgers (me veggie) outside that were awesome! We both bought some wraps, cheese, and salami. Packs feel so heavy now! I'm sure I'm carrying way more than I need. O well! We're sitting now waiting for our meal to rehydrate. It takes longer at elevation. It's cold out! Then a few more miles...look forward to bed. Left foot still has some sores :( A guy stopped to give both of us $2 American bill.It's his way of giving back to the hikers. He did the trail 35 years ago and now he hikes the JMT (last 9 years) and give out the bills! What a guy!!! I gave him my toonie in return. 

A great water cache just after Hat Creek
Day 21: 35 miles BIGGEST mileage day yet! We are trying to bank extra miles so we can get to the Echo Lake post office that's only open 11-2pm on Friday. Worst sleep ever last night. It was so windy. God awful and cold. Plus the tent was on an awkward slant :( I slept in all my warm clothes and was still cold. We walked 10 or so miles to the highway. Crossed it then went up a 1000ft or so. Beautiful new landscape. Saw our first hiker of the day at the top "Crusher". Then had to navigate through snow to the bottom. Then another 800ft climb that I hammered b/c it was just before lunch. Yum lunch. Saw the army guy from a while back and met 2 new hikers 'Almost Awesome' and 'Possum'. Then we had a nice downhill trend for a while. Finally it was dinner and my legs (hammies) were sore and my left Peroneal muscle. I wanted to stop but got motivated into going up to the saddle and felt good an am glad we banked the extra miles. Weird only seeing 4 people all day!

Day 22: 33 miles. Now only 15.5 miles tomorrow. We will be able to get to the post office now before it closes at 2pm. I slept well but it was cold. I think I slept in my Uplink jacket. We did our typical 17 miles in 6 hours before lunch. Beautiful scenery today again! Stunning colors. Deep purples. Sunny Day and finally hot enough to rock a t-shirt by 7am! There was more climbing today than I thought but not long climbs. Super windy in the afternoon. We didn't see a single PCT hiker today. That's a first. Tons of day hikers though. We crossed a couple highways. Opposite things were sore instead of the usual. We may take a rest day in Lake Tahoe. Would be cool to see what it's like there. We are literally camped just off the hwy. I can hear cars!

Day 28: 10 miles. Rolled into Sierra City around 920am after washing off in the river, which we thought was the watering hole. We went straight to The Red Moose for breakfast. An old couple (70 yrs) run the place (although it's for sale) and the breakfast was delicious! I can't believe how good the sausages have been in the US and how any times I've ordered them. Lot's of coffee refills :) I paid $5 for a shower and they did our laundry for free!!! Made some new trail friends 'Patches' and D.C' and then went to the store to get our package but it wasn't there so we had to stay the night. We just chilled out and ate lunch from the store deli which was awesome. Another day of eating lots and having drinks. Had a good chat with 'The Hobbit' ('Stumbles' brother). We went to the pub for a pasta dinner which was awesome and had the angel food cake with strawberries desert. I was SO full!!!! Need to eat less in town or grow a bigger stomach. We slept under a tree by the church and stayed dry through the rain that came at night. It was so hot last night. Hopefully our package comes tomorrow!

This guy was making so much noise outside our tent we thought it was a bear!

The coolest outhouse at the Peter Grub Hut

The lovely folks who own the Red Moose

Day 33: 7 miles back down the hill to Beldon. Shin still hurts to put shoe on and decided I needed some rest days before trying to push on. We will take one more full day before continuing or make that choice. It's still tight that's for sure. Sounds like I should have been hitting the Ibuprofen sooner but I am on it now. We're at the Braatens now, who are trail angels who live 1 mile away. They were dropping off "gear slut" and "dirt wolf" and she told me to go home with her. They have beds there and a shower (free). They kind of have this whole separate house you stay in. There's a kitchen and everything. I hear the train!!! She had homemade cookies! I had 4! Hope my shin starts to feel better.

We spent 3 wonderful days here trying to heal my shin splints. I am the only person to ever beat the undefeated employee at ping pong. Who cares if he only has one eye and no right bicep! His excuses for losing...

The main lodge in Belden Town. Known mostly for their wild raves.
Day 36: 25 miles. Woke up at our beauty of a tentsite and on the move by 6:00am. Carried lots of water b/c it was 17 miles to water. Not too eventful but a beautiful morning. Didn't see 'Crusher' until the highway. Some trail angels put coolers on the other side of the highway. I had a root beer! There was a registry too and I read through them and it seemed apparent that we should go into Chester. We hadn't planned on it but I knew I wanted to grab some salami from the grocery store. The general store in old station has limited supplies. I'm out of figs till then :( One of the recommendations was to go to Dentist Dr. Webbs office and there he gives you toothpaste, brush, floss, homemade cookies and a gift certificate for $20 to the restaurant "The Locker Room". Magic!!!We didn't get to meet the dentist but his receptionist was great. We got our pic taken which will go on this board. Well worth the 10mi hitch into town which we scored right away. The restaurant was great (had a club sandwich with salad) and the watermelon wheat beer I had was so good. They even had a frozen yogurt machine with all the toppings. All for under $20! We hitched back and after 20 min got a ride and there were lots of hikers at the TH. 2 of them caught up to us at the river where we were camped. There's a great site right by the river where we got to wash up. Had dinner with everyone (South Paw and Johnny Rocket) on the bridge. Will probably have breakfast/lunch in Drakebad tomorrow which is 10 miles away but maybe we will skip it and move onto old station. It's July 4th tomorrow so who knows if it will be open. Shin feels not too bad. I hopped on it pain free but can still feel it for sure when I walk but it's totally manageable still.

Day 39: 29 miles. Flat as a pancake day!! A few short descents and one tiny ascent. This was the 'dry' water day but there were so many caches. I didn't need to fill at them all. Had lunch by this kinda gross lake. There were vultures flying above near by. Something must have died. Saw more cat prints today but no spotting's. Hot afternoon! Around 2:30am there was a sign at the hwy crossing for "Wild Bird Cash 1 mile ahead". I had been dreaming of a soda all afternoon! When we finally got to it, there was a trail magic oasis!!! Cooler was full of a variety of pop, bananas, apple sauce, mini snickers. There was a cupboard full of food and a stove you could cook on. There was a camera they wanted you to take your picture with. Lounge chairs and a picnic table and to top it off there was a shower with solar shower bags! Just as we were about to leave the trail angels came and we had beer. We chilled with them and talked about how this all came to be etc. Kathy and Randy. They've been doing it 3 years. Johnny Rocket came by and had some beers and South Paw made a brief appearance. They even played the spoons and harmonica for us. Simply amazing :) We carried on buzzed for 7 more miles to the campground where there was a general store. I had some soft serve and then we cooked our freeze dried meal on the picnic table. Now were camped in a random spot but we paid $10 for it!

The greatest Cache that exists on the PCT
Can you believe all of this food!

There was a camera in a box to take a picture of yourself.

They built a shower for hikers and supplied all the solar bags. There was even a mirror!!!!

 Day 42: 21 miles. It rained a bit last night. Peter had to get up and put the fly on. It was so hot last night and we both slept like shit and both our mats were deflating. We got up at 4:20am and got ready to leave in the dark. We were on the trail by 5:03am. We had 6 miles of ascent with 2000ft of gain and then 8 miles of slow descent. We were hauling ass to get into town! It's not like we need to we just seem to do it as we want to just get it over with and be in town. Saw our first bear today. It was a black bear but it was brown. The bear was beautiful and furry like a stuffed animal :) It was just up off the trail and Peter scared it up the hillside. He even growled at it ha! We walked 1.5 miles along the I-5 to get to the market and boy was that sketchy. The wide shoulder was good though! Once at the market we got our package and beer and snacks. I had the best nectarine!!! We sat out on the picnic table and ate and 'Miles' was there too. He hurt some foot tendon and had to 'nero' in the Town of Berney. He was leaving back on the trail today. We decided to hitch to Shasta. We made a sign and stood near the hwy on ramp. The first person wasn't going that way but gave us some blackberries! The second person was only going to Dunsmuir but we decided that would be good to! Neither of us had ever been there. She was great and from Napa. A runner. She showed us the town first and told us about where to stay and eat. We checked into the Inn and relaxed and watched soccer- Netherlands lost :( Then it was laundry time and grocery shopping. Then we went to dinner at the most amazing place! The pesto mussels were so good! I had a seafood salad that was awesome! The fudge brownie and ice cream desert Peter ordered was deadly! We came back and patched up the leaks in our Neoair matresses, hope it works! Didn't get to bed until 11:30pm!!!

"PCT Hiker to Shasta"

Looking over to Castle Crags

The amazing Mt. Shasta
Day 47: 35 miles. Slept away from about 5 others that were all in a campsite together a couple min away. The day was another stunning day that reminded me of the JMT. A few longer steeper climbs that switch backed up the mountains but nothing as long as the passes on the JMT. It was pretty damn hot today. Met "Six Pack" and "Foxy". Red and Daniel hitched into Etna today. Heard it has a brewery. One of the highlights today was at lunch time. About 30 minutes into our lunch after we've eaten most of our food, a pack of like 8 goats rolled by us and decided to lie down and chill. The bigger goats had packs on. One goat was annoying and trying to peck at our shit. We kept expecting to see the owner but never saw one???? You don't see that in regular life! We got to a spring around 5:15 which is where we met six pack. He was high as a kite. It was 0.4 mi to the spring and we ran down. My shin is feeling good. Had a really enjoyable day. Didn't get a chance to wash off before bed but oh well!!!

"Whyyyyyyy"...Sadly, I started to get shin splints again and we stopped hiking in Ashland.

Me and "Ultra Buns", who wrote a book on his supported PCT run at age 83. Ran into him after hobbling off the trail.
The trip was absolutely mind blowing. I would do it all over again in a heart beat. My body only failed me twice. I had shin splints in my left shin that seemed to heal after 2 days rest and taping. Then roughly 3 weeks later I started to get it in my right shin. At this point we didn't have much time left on the trail and just decided to get off early. Stopping was the right call because the shin splints went away right away and I haven't felt them again since.

I will miss the trail, people, lifestyle, being outside almost 24/7, eating whatever whenever, the challenge, and most of all- waking up with Peter and having this awesome single track trail to keep walking on. I feel like I am at my best in these elements and that this is where I belong. The same way I feel when I am out running. I was surprised how much I didn't miss running while I was out there. I think it's because we were often pushing 30 mile days, which is way more than I would do on a regular basis running.

Up next...Sunshine Coast Trail FKT...

Saturday, June 21, 2014

PCT Day 17-23

We ("Fat Dog" and "Marathon") had a really great stay at the Best Western in Mammoth Lakes. We really didn't move much and luckily, everything we needed was within a 5 minute walk from the hotel. They had an amazing complimentary breakfast buffet (fresh eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausages, bacon, potato mash, watermelon, cereal, toast, oatmeal etc which we never touched) and we went to town on it every morning. The coffee was great too. Besides the $$$ I would highly recommend the hotel.

The morning we got back on the trail I woke up with a sore throat and wasn't feeling well, which is the opposite of how I would expect to feel after 2.5 days off. I was suppose to feel AMAZING, but I didn't and would have to deal with that for the next 1.5 days as we made our way to Tuolomne Meadows to re-supply. On the plus side, Peter was feeling really good after all that he had gone through in those first couple of weeks. The new shoes were feeling WAY BETTER then what he previously had and he was able to walk pain free (for the most part). Here is a mileage breakdown of the last 7 days:

Day 17: 26.5 miles (Tuolomne Meadows re-spply)
Day 18: 30 miles
Day 19: 28 miles
Day 20: 29 miles
Day 21: 35 miles
Day 22: 33 miles
Day 23: 15.5 miles (Echo Lake re-supply)

We had to avg 30 miles after day 17 because we only had enough food (in theory) to get to our re-supply in Echo Lake. However, the post office was only open from 11am-2pm and you can tell by our mileage breakdown that we had to bank extra miles to ensure our last day was going to get us to Echo Lake on time to get our boxes. Post office times are one thing you have to deal with out here. Luckily, many of them are connected to a store and an employee will often get your box for you, which is what happened in Tuolomne Meadows.

The next 5 days were amazing. The scenery was simply breathtaking and there is literally nowhere else I would rather be than hanging out in the wilderness all day every day. We have only had one 3 hour stint of rain on the entire trip so far (and we were sheltered)! On this leg of the trip I had a tiny bit of leg soreness (tight hamstrings) at the end of each day but I always felt good in the morning. I think it's a combination of totally shot running shoes, lot's of climbing, and just the wear and tear that 30 miles a day does to your body. My tight hammies felt way better on the last couple of days where there weren't as many hills to climb. The days and nights were a lot cooler. It wasn't until the second to last day that I even put on a t-shirt and rather hiked in my long sleeve, wind break jacket and pants most of the time. I should take a moment to talk about these Arc'teryx pants we got at the factory outlet store in North Vancouver. They are SUPER lightweight and durable. They were made for the military (they have a military line of clothing) and have zippers down the side if you get a little hot. They have a built in pocket you can pack the pants into and I will definitely be taking these on backcountry running excursions in the future.

We decided that we would pick up our boxes (we had 4) from Echo Lake and then try and hitch a ride to South Lake Tahoe (13 miles away) and take a full rest day. Both of us were getting new shoes, our re-supply box (with new socks inside!), and MEC sent Peter new poles. While we were waiting for our boxes I over heard a guy "Mulberry" who was getting a ride to South Lake Tahoe with a guy "Grey Wolf" he had met on the JMT. I asked if he had any extra room for us too, and he said he did!

South Lake Tahoe is an interesting place. Right near our hotel, there is a state line that divides California and Nevada. Literally on the other side of this line are a bunch of Casinos. There must be 500 Inn's/Hotels/Motels in this little city. I am just stoked that our feet feel good and we can actually go check out the town a little bit.

getting the rocks out of my shoes. 

My favorite gear list:

- La Sportiva Crosslite. This shoe has for the most part kept my feet blister free. My right foot (smaller foot) has had zero issues. My left foot, which is a tad bigger, has had one blister on both my pinky and big toe. The problems only started when we were going in and out of creeks all the time and my feet were constantly going from wet to dry. Even after 500 miles my feet never got sore. They have a built in gator so I don't have to wear a separate one. Peter wears dirty girl gators and he still has to empty out his shoes nearly as frequently as I do. Shoes are the one thing that take A LOT of wear and tear. Shoes are not meant to be walked on all day everyday and never get a chance to rebound. The fact that these low profile shoes took me over 500 miles is awesome! Thanks La Sportiva for sending me a new pair to Echo Lake! 

- Mountain Laurel Designs Burn Pack: This thing is lightweight and has great outside pockets. I can easily grab my water bottles while hiking from the 2 side pockets. It has more than enough space for everything I need. I have had no chafing from the pack and it's comfortable as anything. I added on 2 waist belt pockets which is where I carry the majority of my food for the day. We have only seen one other hiker "Midway" with this bag but it is on the $$$ side, so maybe that's why? 

- Defeet Aireator Monkey Junky socks: These socks just make me so happy. They are about half the price of my Smartwool socks and have lasted about the same amount of time. You can buy these at MEC.

- North Face Eat My Dust Shorts: I really love North Face shorts. They are inexpensive and just fit my body right. These shorts are soooo comfortable hiking. You can get these at North Shore Athletics.

- MEC Uplink Jacket. This is my all time favorite jacket. We met another guy in Mammoth wearing one and instantly knew he was Canadian. Turned out he was from Victoria and we spent a bit of trail time with him when we ran into him a few days later.

- MEC T1 Long John. I know my crazy psychedelic tights do not look like long johns but they are and they are soooooo comfortable. I put them on every night when I snuggle up in my sleeping bag and often wear them hiking in the morning until I get too hot. I have had quite a few compliments on these tights. 

- Patagonia Houdini Windbreaker. I have really enjoyed this piece and love that it has a hood. I have a Sugoi one I love for running back home but it didn't have a hood and I am really happy with my choice to bring the Houdini. 

- Rainshadow Running Trucker Hat. I just love this hat so much and it does a great job at protecting my face!

- Petzl E + Lite: This is the only headlamp we both brought. We don't hike or set up camp in the dark and thus this is all we need. 

- GORP Bars: This is a relatively new bar on the market and is owned and operated in a small town (Niverville) in Winnipeg. It is high in calories and is packed with nutritious ingredients...such as Pea Fibre! I love the Peanut Butter Apple flavor. You can get these at MEC. 

- I Love My Muff wipes: I remember going for a run with some new friends and seeing these wipes in their car. The name had me more than intrigued and I knew these would be perfect for the trip. I met up with the owner, Ritz, and she so generously hooked me up with some to take on my trip. I have used these everyday and it is such a nice feeling to know I am a dirty mess everywhere but the important bits!

The greens are just amazing right now

The wind was CRAZY this evening! Thank gosh we had our Arc'teryx wind pants!

I hope you enjoyed the picture show. I am not sure when we will be in a town with wifi again. Our next carry is 3.4 days to Sierra City and then it's roughly 5 days in between re-supplies for a long time. We are both looking forward to getting to Oregon!

One funny thing out here is that (mostly) everyone has a trail name. It took a while for us to get use to introducing ourselves by our trail names. Mine is "Marathon" and it's a nickname my friend Emily gave me a few years back when she first met me and it just seemed fitting to use. We decided that Peter's should be "Fat Dog" because of the race that he helps put on in Manning Park, which is where the PCT finishes. People are pretty funny when he introduces himself as "Fat Dog". They often repeat it back saying "Nice to meet you"...'Mad Dog' or 'Bad Dog'. One lady even said, "Oooooo Fat Dog with a 'PH'". People have a hard time calling Peter "Fat" I guess. He has lost roughly 20 lbs already so I guess it's understandable how they get confused.

It's officially summer today! I hope everyone is enjoying theirs so far. I'll write back more tails from the trails when I get the chance. For now, we will enjoy the rest of our stay in South Lake Tahoe. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Pacific Crest Trail: Day 0-14

In the first few days out of Tehachapi (the desert). 

A quick recap before we started...

We cleaned out our home the night before and the only belongings that remained were those that were in our hiking packs. We literally slept in our sleeping bags on our Thermarests. The next morning, we got up, packed those items back into our bags, left the keys behind and walked out of our place for the last time. We took the Canada Line to the airport and a few hours later we were in Bakersfield. The place was tiny so we knew we were going to a small airport. We needed to get to a town called Tehachapi which is roughly 45 minutes away from the airport. Peter did a small announcement on the place and one lady happened to be heading that way. We got dropped off and quickly checked into the Best Western, where we received the hikers rate, a rate we've seen a lot of on this trip. The next morning we caught the 5am bus which would take us to the trail head.

Day one was pretty awesome and we had seen 4 people within the first couple of hours. We hiked 6 hours and 16 miles straight without a break to the first place to re-fill water. There were roughly 8 other people that would pass through there while we re-filled and it was immediately apparent that we were not alone on this journey. We met a lady named "Sugar" (trailname) and she is from Kerrisdale. It was nice to make a Canadian connection so quickly into the trip. Everyone we met had been on the trail for over 30 days and we felt like the newbies on the trail since it was only day 1! Peter had us planned to only walk 26 miles per day for the first 5.5 days to get our legs warmed up to the 30 miles we are scheduled to be doing daily thereafter. We would walk 28 miles that day and banked 2 miles!

Peter not feeling very well.
We followed this day with two 30+ mile days due to a shortage of water re-supply and before we knew it we had banked 14 miles! We had to walk further to make sure we finished where there was water, because we relied on it to re-hydrate our meals and to cook with, as well as drink. The desert is HOT and due to a shortage in water, we were forced to walk through the heat of the day. Now, I can handle this fine however Peter is a pretty heavy sweater and requires much more water than myself. On day 2 or 3 he developed heat stroke and then became very dehydrated in the days that followed, as he had to conserve water. These ailments made it so that he had a hard time taking in food. At this time we were eating mostly bars and nuts until dinner time where we made a warm meal. We saw people with salami, wraps and cheese and were oh so very jealous of this. Peter just stopped being able to stomach all the processed crap and craved real food. We knew in a few days we could re-supply with those items but for now we had to eat what we had.  He began to vomit when he tried to take in food. So now he had heat stroke, was dehydrated, and couldn't eat. This trip was off to a challenging start!

At the end of day 3 or 4, we were nearing the end of a 32 mile dry stretch and were coming into a campground where there was no guarantee of water. As we approached the grounds we noticed a few large tents with lights all around. It turned out to be Yogi, one of the authors of a PCT guidebook. She had been set up there for nearly 2 weeks and her sole purpose was to provide 'magic' to hikers. Every day she provided hikers with water re-fills, beverages (beer, pop, gatorade), food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). ALL FREE (however, donations were welcome). We got there at night and were greeted by a round of thunder claps from all the other hikers shacked up there and Bearbait, a 6 year old boy who gave us a pin (with his face on it) and coke. We then grabbed a beer and got fed burritos. The next morning we received coffee and chocolate chip/banana pancakes. I think we thought we had found heaven! The burrito was the first solid thing Peter had been able to take in, which was reassuring. However, the pancakes came up the next morning. He was still not quite on the mend yet.

Everyone we had met told us that the section from Tehachapi (where we started) to Kennedy meadows was the most challenging of the entire trip thus far, which made us feel better about the hard me we were having.

Our morning routine is to get up around 5:00am and be hiking by 6:00am, which is earlier than most people. Each morning we pass a ton of people still sleeping in their tents or cowboy camping out in the open. In that first week we met a ton of people and we flip flopped back and forth with them, until we got to our first re-supply point at Kennedy Meadows. Again, we were greeted by thunder claps from all the hikers who were hanging out there. Many were taking rest days and having a good time drinking and taking some time off their feet. For us, it was a place to EAT some real food, BUY some real food (wraps, meat, cheese), and have a shower. We got there around 9am and stayed until 4pm. It was the first time Peter was able to eat and keep down real food. We chose not to stay over night and got back out on the trail.

We were now heading into the Sierra's and we welcomed the challenge. Everyone kept talking about having "legs" for the Sierra's and I really didn't know what to expect.

At the top of Muir Pass

There was snow in the Sierra's

I just loved this tree

Big cut! Peter took that for our Forest Ranger friend Mark Grist.

One of the many beautiful lakes

There's the odd burnt out forest
We fixed the food situation in the Sierra's but Peter's feet became a bit of an issue. However, the trooper that he is, he taped them up and never complained. We were still managing roughly 10 hour days and covering roughly 25 miles/day. He eventually cut the sole of one of his shoes and cut out the side of the other to allow more room for his feet. This gave him a lot of relief.

The Sierra's are stunning!!! We spent the majority of this section on the John Muir Trail. I highly recommend this trail to EVERYONE! Complete single track up and over pass over pass over pass. Ton's of beautiful climbs and descents. A lot of creek/river crossings where you're walking in water well past your ankles. We got up as high as 13,200 ft and stayed around 10,000ft-12,000ft for days. Everyday was beautiful and stunning. The animal life we saw daily- deer, marmots, lizards, and chipmunks. There was more water than we knew what to do with which was a nice change compared to the desert and we didn't have to worry about treating it. There was snow but nothing we couldn't handle. We tried to get over the pass's in the mornings because the snow was firm. It would be post-holing madness if we tried to do them during the day and we stopped early a few times to ensure this didn't happen. I really enjoyed the technical descents.

We weren't quite covering the mileage we had anticipated and were a day or 2 behind where we thought we would be and had planned for. This worked out just fine because were now in Mammoth Lakes and have enjoyed 2 full rest days! The blisters on the feet are beginning to heal (I have a good one too on my pinky). Peter went to the hospital here because of an infection on one of his blisters and is now on anti-biotic's and has been given the go ahead to keep hiking. We've been feeding ourselves well and have enjoyed the down time but are ready to get back out there! The terrain from here on out will be easier than the last 8 days.

Other random tidbits: Peter broke a pole and I have had 3 holes in my Thermasrest. Luckily, MEC is mailing him some new one's and I have been able to patch up my mat just fine. We were camping in a lightening and thunder storm the night before we landed in Mammoth which was really exciting. We have met so many amazing people and it's been fun exchanging stories. Peter has been a wicked hiking partner and besides the physical bodily challenges, it's been rewarding doing this trip with him by my side. We bring very different skill sets and his compliment mine very well. I am very lucky.

I've pretty much dialed my eating and how much I need. I wonder if that will change in the next 60 days. Here are my (Peter eats different things) staple foods in order of consumption:

PB Pro Bar
Coconut/Almond KIND Bar
Oats and Honey NatureValley Bar
Dried Mango's
2 small Corn Tortilla's with cheese and Dried Figs
1/2 pack of Krave Jerky
2 handfuls of Salted cashews and PB filled pretzels
Pay Day or PB Choc Camino bar
Dehydrated Dinner (home cooked by me!)

I have all these same foods (minus the wraps,cheese) in all my re-supply boxes so hopefully I don't get sick of them. The nice thing about town stops is you get to take some other treats out on the trail with you.

That is all I have for now. I'll write back again when I get the chance and have more pictures to post.