In 2018, Rob took a shot at walking the 1700 miles of the PCT from Mexico to Oregon. However, knee injury, twisted ankle, surgery of someone very close to him, and smoke from fires in the mountains, motivated him to get off the trail more than originally planned.
Although he ‘failed’, he:
He decided that “Enough is not enough!”
In 2019, Rob was joined by his son Ken as they started to thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. His son Ken is coming along. Once their experience no longer have the ‘Wow!’ effect on them, they stopped short. However, they did:
A few other statistics from their PCT 2019 trip:
In 2020, ‘Kedger’ and ‘Top Rock’ were ready to go again — packed and permit in hand. They had been back in the unnatural world long enough to take in sufficient ‘ugly’ and were ready to get back to ‘Wow!’ They had planned to head up to northern Oregon, to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, to begin a southbound journey back to Tuolumne Meadows. However, concerns of spreading COVID-19 to the small towns along the trail ended their 2020 hiking before it began.
In 2021, the team took off from Tuolumne Meadows where they left off in 2019 and began walking the remaining distance to Canada. The adventure was going well… until they began approaching the California-Oregon border. Smoke from wild fires continued to reduce the visibility until it was eliminating the primary reason Top Rock and Kedger were hiking which is to see beautiful scenery. Soon the days became just watching the backs of the shoes of the person in front of you. After crossing into Oregon, and evaluating conditions ahead of them, the team decided to stop for 2021. Two days later, the PCTA sent an email to all hikers encouraging the same action.
Hopeful that 2022 will have a calmer fire season and bring back quality long distance hiking to the PCT. The pair is looking at picking up at Ashland, Oregon where they left off in 2021 and walking the remaining distance to Canada. Stay tuned. If they get back on trail, you’ll find them here. Also, check out the Blog for the latest updates.
Rob (Kedger) and Ken (Top Rock) will be carrying Garmin inReach Global Satellite Technology. The technology enables you to send and receive messages, track and share the journey and — if necessary — trigger an SOS to get emergency help from the 24/7 global monitoring center.
To locate us, click one the links below. (You may need to zoom in on the US west coast to find us and possibly click “View All Tracks” on the upper right portion of the map display.)
There is a LOT of information about the PCT and other long distance trails available via the internet. Here are a few of my favorite sources of information. If you’re looking for something in particular, contact me and I’ll try to help when I can.
I’ve used, and will continue to use, dozens and dozens of additional sources, but these have been my favorites.
Fire. Lots of it. Blow Downs. Too many to count. Nature Hugs. Maybe a little too much love from Mother Nature. We’ve ended our 2021 attempt to reach Canada. We did complete hiking all of California, which is just short of 1700 miles of the 2650 mile Pacific Crest Trail. We came for fun and …
If you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbFj6ET3f8E0HwQu57wOhtg), then you’ve already seen this video. For 2021, in order to reduce computer time and maximize trail time, I am going to only post videos to the YouTube channel until after we get back from hiking. So, if you’d like to follow along as we go, please …
We received authorization for our PCT Long-distance permits last week. Now they’re printed and we’re anxious to get started. Of course, we need to wait until June. Regardless, here’s a teaser video to set the mood. I’ll post a second teaser once we get closer to launch date. Fair winds.