I find myself feeling elated at the beauty and the light in the open woods where I can see off into the distance, and becoming irritable and sad in the woods that are overcrowded with thin trees and undergrowth.
The ground is saturated, sometimes water running down the trail. It’s steamy, so humid. The forest slowly gives way to large granite boulders. High steps, scrambling, and a bit of hand over hand, until the mountain comes into view.
From highway 89 we dropped into upper Buckskin Gulch. We hiked on and off with Wolverine (Brian). The heat is … More
After the Paria, we had a long road walk, following Willis Creek to higher elevations, with views of the Bryce … More
We definitely hit the reset button in town, taking a triple zero—so much time in bed that my muscles grew … More
This is the third section in a row, back to back, going from one buried food cache to the next, … More
Reaching Burr Trail Road was a significant milestone for me. It’s hardly a quarter of the total distance of the … More
It’s amazing the healing that can take place with two days of self-care and rest. Before Hanksville, my cracking chafing … More
One thing that’s different for me on this route, is the long breaks, border-lining on neros, we’re taking on trail. … More
We left Needles Outpost with a plan for an alternate route of an alternate route, to avoid camping in Canyonlands. … More
It was a long drive across southern Utah. We set eleven food caches, every resupply between Moab to past the … More
It’s official! I’ll be thru-hiking the Hayduke this spring! The Hayduke is an ~800 mile backcountry route that travels through six national park. Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park. It also travels through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, in addition to several National Forests.
It’s always difficult for me to write the final blogpost for a thru-hike. There always seems to be a big … More
We’re in a hotel in Payson, taking a zero day (zero hiking miles). It’s 3:30 in the afternoon and I’ve … More
When the lizard rises my natural instinct is to screech… After leaving Oracle, we made it a few miles past … More