PCT 2021! – An Early Exit

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 beauty. We got a lot of both. However, fires started breaking out early this year, long before the typical lighting storm season began. Snowfall was low in California leading to another drought year. While snowfalls were high in Oregon and Washington, early heatwaves melted the snow quickly and they also moved into drought conditions.

Fires raging. Conditions worsening. Overgrowth and trees over the trail from maintenance postponed or delayed due to COVID-19. Bottomline: Less fun and only smoky views with no sign of conditions improving. The combined results lead us to declare the end of our 2021 hike when we reached Callahan’s Lodge in Oregon, just north of the California border.

With less than a 1,000 miles to go, we hope to be back hiking the PCT. However, it won’t be in 2021.

To see all of our adventure on the PCT in 2021, here is a playlist from YouTube:

PCT 2021! Playlist – Teasers and All

Also, Top Rock captured a number of interesting scenes, most of which are not included in the YouTube media. We lacked connectivity when on the trail where the videos for YouTube were produced. He also purloined a few of his favorites from Kedger’s media, so you might recognize some from the YouTube videos. New photos are at the bottom. Here are links to his media shares:

Southern California (0 new)

Sierra (46 new)

Northern California (157 new)

Oregon (6 new)

Note from Ken: Oregon link should be good until we finish hiking that section in the much later future. However, I plan to remove the Southern California, Sierra, Northern California albums later. (When I run out of room, or when the alerts that I’m running out of space begin to annoy me.)

Until next time…

Fair winds

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 2018: Back to the Trail

Dateline: Kennedy Meadows Campground, Lone Pine, CA (20180716)

It has been a while, but I’m headed back to the trail.  The PCT has been calling.  Or maybe those are just the voices in my head.  I’m headed into the Sierras and there is little cellular coverage and Wi-Fi is rare.  So, you’ll have to wait for video and pictures, but you can keep track of my progress at Find Rob.

Fair winds

PCT 2018: Life Gets in the Way of the Trail

Lake Morena Valley

Dateline: Vista, CA (20180615)

The great majority of people that begin to hike the PCT never finish it.  Life gets in the way.  Sometimes its related to the trail.  Often it has nothing to do with it.

I came off trail planning to spend about three weeks to rehab a knee and let a twisted ankle recover.  I also came off trail because someone very close to me was having some minor surgery during that period.  Actually, not ‘minor surgery’.   Minor surgery is what doctor’s do to someone you don’t know.  So, it was surgery.

Well, the surgery didn’t go exactly as planned.  Rather than a minor procedure completed in a surgery center, that visit became an exploratory procedure that is leading to a major surgery to be completed in a hospital.  So, I’m going to stick around.

I’ll be off trail for the foreseeable future, but likely until mid to late July.  When I get back on trail, I’ll post it here.  Until then…

Fair winds