PCT 2021! Teaser Video

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.

PCT 2021 Looking Good

PCT

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 miles.

Earlier this year, I reserved a permit for the initial, short section from Tuolumne Meadows to Sonora Pass in northern Yosemite through the National Park Service (using recreation.gov). Yosemite is a popular destination and has quotas on all of the major trailheads.

With that reservation in place, we could move our PCT Long-distance permit request to a less congested location. I’m optimistic that the PCTA permit will be issued since we’ve selected a trailhead that has no quota limit on the number of people that can enter each day.

Applying for the two separate permits was also a timing thing. I could make a reservation with the National Park Service before I could apply for a permit at the PCTA.

Still, for this entire trip to work, we need:

  • the tide of Covid-19 to recede to ensure the safety of the trail towns and trail angels,
  • snowfall to remain light in the Sierra Mountains so that the trail is passable when we start,
  • wildfires this summer to remain small so that we don’t have to leave the trail, and
  • next winter to come slowly so that we can reach Canada before the snow makes progress too difficult for us boys from Southern California.

I’m confident 2021 is going to be great!

Fair winds!

PCT 2020! A Long SOBO Section (March Teaser)

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 in the spring. We plan to hike to Tuolumne Meadows in the eastern portion of Yosemite park in California. Last year we ended at Tuolumne Meadows while hiking north. Start watching for daily updates once summer arrives.

Fair Winds,
CBS

PCT 2019 Epilogue

Top Rock and CBS are off the trail. This video recaps a few of the statistics from their adventure, a few thoughts, and what the future may hold. About half of the video is a ‘Relive’ 3-D map of their journey.
Thank you for coming along this year.
Fair winds,
Ken and Rob (AKA Top Rock and CBS)

PCT Northern California – Mile 1373 to 1501 – Photos and Videos from Ken Benson

Flowers on the PCT 41°09'28.7"N 121°46'32.4"W

Click here (link also shown below) to open a Google Photos tab to see the photos and videos that Ken has been capturing during a portion of what Guthook’s Guide calls “PCT: Northern California”. The images are in chronological order, from near mile 1373 at Old Station, California to mile 1501 near Dunsmuir and Mt. Shasta.

Each of the images are full resolution, meaning that you can click on them individually and zoom-in intensely. Ken’s got a great eye for color. Check out some of those flowers. Hovering the mouse over a video will play it. Alternatively, you can double-click it to play it in full screen mode.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/SDf5WTCy8GnyTZ357

Thank you for sharing Ken!

PCT Sierra – Mile 566 to 943 – Photos and Videos from Ken Benson

Silver Pass

Click here (link also shown below) to open a Google Photos tab to see the photos and videos that Ken has been capturing during a portion of what Guthook’s Guide calls “PCT: Sierra”. The images are in chronological order, from near mile 566 near Tehachapi to mile 943 at Tuolumne Meadows.

Each of the images are full resolution, meaning that you can click on them individually and zoom-in intensely. Ken’s got a great eye for color. Check out some of those flowers and landscapes. Hovering the mouse over a video will play it. Alternatively, you can double-click it to play it in full screen mode.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/k2skLTwTA9p9BFpP9

Thank you for sharing Ken!

PCT 2019 Day 127 Mile 915 to 931

Leaving Mammoth Lakes following a surprisingly strong rain storm, Top Rock and CBS make their way from Agnew Meadows past 1000 Island Lake and over Island and Donohue Passes. The beauty continues but the trail takes its mental toll.