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, ‘CBS’ 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.
Hopeful that 2021 will bring back long distance hiking to the PCT, the pair is looking at picking up at Tuolumne Meadows where they left off in 2019 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 and Ken 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.)
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.
Wish us luck. Our applications for permits to continue our hike of the PCT were submitted this week. We should hear if they are approved within the next 3 weeks. If approved, we’ll start in early June, where we left off in 2019, with the intent of hiking the remaining distance to Canada, roughly 1700 …
Today, June 1, 2020, was expected to be our first day on the PCT for 2020. However, Covid-19 placed a damper on that adventure. Here, CBS talks briefly about the decision to postpone. Fair winds
Top Rock and CBS are itching to get on the Pacific Crest Trail again. However, it may be months before the snow returns to a ‘reasonable’ level for backpacking. In 2020, we’re hoping to travel 1155 miles southbound (SOBO) from Mt. Hood in Oregon. Starting that far north, we likely will be starting very late …
Yes! Feel free to do this. I currently have unlimited text messages! Go to the link below (this will open a new tab), then click on the Message button in the navigation bar on the left of your desktop or Send Message near the top of your mobile device. Satellite is not instantaneous. It may take a while for me to get your message.
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