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:

  • Hiked 657 miles,
  • Walked up 108,638 ft (20.6 vertical miles), and
  • Burned 162,366 calories (as estimated by the AllTrails app he was using).

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:

  • Hike 1070 Trail Miles (which required hiking 1183 miles altogether)
  • Walk up 37 vertical miles
  • Burn over 250,000 calories each
  • Went over 8 major Sierra passes including Forester, Kearsarge, Glen, Pinchot, Mather, Muir, Silver, and Donohue
  • Hitchhike 13 times
  • Uber 7 times
  • Go through 3 pairs of shoes each
  • Suffer through 53 zeros (days with no trail miles) due to weather, dental, and family obligations

A few other statistics from their PCT 2019 trip:

  • Maximum Mileage in a Day: 27.8 miles including aqueduct
  • Average Daily Mileage: 15.8 miles
  • Maximum Elevation Gain in a single day: 5974 ft.
  • Average Daily Elevation Gain: 2508 ft.
  • Maximum Pace for an entire day: 3.3 miles per hour

Now in 2020, ‘CBS’ and ‘Top Rock’ are ready to go again.  They’ve been back in the unnatural world long enough to take in enough ‘ugly’ and are ready to get back to ‘Wow!’  They’re heading up to northern Oregon to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood to begin a southbound journey back to Tuolumne Meadows.   Once their back on trail, find them here and check out the Blog for the latest updates.

Fair winds

Find Rob (Kedger) and Ken

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.)

Garmin inReach Map for Rob (Kedger) (https://share.garmin.com/Kedger)

Garmin inReach Map for Ken (https://us0-share.inreach.garmin.com/Benson)


The Pacific Crest Trail

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.

Favorites Information Sources:

I’ve used, and will continue to use, dozens and dozens of additional sources, but these have been my favorites.



When I’m on the trail:

Contact by Satellite Text!

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.
Text Rob by Satellite

When I’m NOT on the trail:

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