Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit – Day 2 – Quartelhuain to Carhuacocha

Day 2 - Quartelhuain to Carhuacocha We slept 11 hours last night. 11 hours! In the morning, we were greeted by a sheep herder who lived nearby. We made small talk as best we could and he proceeded to ask for 20 soles to pay for the campsite. We knew there was no a fee [...]

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Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 1 – Pocpa to Quartelhuain

Day 1 - Pocpa to Quartelhuain 4AM: Jake and I checked out of our hostel in Huaraz and walked to the bus station to catch our first ride of the day to a tiny town called Chiquián. Even though our ticket purchase reserved our seats, the bus stopped for anyone and everyone needing a ride [...]

Back to the Real World: Now What?

Thoughts and observations collected after walking 2,650 miles in the wilderness... My feet STILL hurt. It's been almost 5 weeks now since we finished the Pacific Crest Trail and my feet are still swelling and aching. Usually pain comes first thing in the morning, when I'm at rest, if I walk too much (go figure) [...]

Final Stats From Our 2,650 Mile Journey on the Pacific Crest Trail!

Final Pacific Crest Trail Stats Total Days on Trail: 136 (May 4-September 16, 2017) Trail Names: "Blossom" & "Jake Rabbit" Total Mileage: 2,650 miles + 65 additional miles road walking around fire closures Average Daily Mileage: 19.9 miles (including zero days) Longest Distance Hiked: 36.5 miles Sections Skipped: NONE! Most Elevation Gained in a Day: [...]

Things I Learned Hiking 2,650 Miles.. 

Things I learned hiking from Mexico to Canada... Set your goals daily.You can't think about getting to Canada every day. Take each day head on, in the moment, always setting a reachable goal. Mind over matter.You can tolerate more than you think. Above all the filth, swollen feet, peanut butter tortillas again for lunch, my [...]