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August 31, 2014

Believe it or not, I finally did it!  On Sunday, August 31, I rode into Vermilion Valley Resort from the south, completing the last remaining stretch of the PCT in the Sierras.  I've now officially gone from the Mexican border to the Canadian border on horseback, begin...

August 28, 2014

On Thursday I set out on the last leg of the journey, which will take me from Kearsarge Pass back north to Vermilion Valley Resort.  It seemed fitting to end the ride with both horses on the trail, riding Shyla while Takoda packed.  Things didn't get off to a good star...

August 24, 2014

The last week or so has been a complete blur. After Takoda and I rode south from Agnew Meadow to Vermilion Valley resort, my mom's friend Jason met me there with the camper despite having to negotiate his way around a wildfire that was burning in the area and had creat...

August 23, 2014

From the beginning of my ride in April, I had been warned about Forrester Pass, the highest of the passes on the PCT at 13,000 feet.  It was an imposing pile of rock, that's for sure, and as we approached, I couldn't even see where the trail went--it seemed just to dea...

August 19, 2014

The closer I got to Vermilion Valley and Edison Lake, the more rugged and forbidding the landscape became.  I would be riding back towards this same area from the south in just another week or so, and there would be even more granite to cross when I came north from Kea...

August 18, 2014

Although further south the trail was dominated by bare granite later, as I first rode out of the Agnew Meadows area on my way to Vermilion Valley Resort, on Edison Lake, I passed some impressive lakes and thick forests.  Edison Lake was especially frightening to see be...

August 18, 2014

I drove south out of Washington on August 16th and 17th, after finishing that last leg from Stevens Pass to the Ross Lake trailhead.  My mom borrowed a trailer and met me at Mammoth to take Shyla back home to Topanga where Dr. Beth Stolzy would be able to stitch up the...

August 15, 2014

After Alina and I separated north of Stehekin on Wednesday, I rode on to the Ross Lake trailhead following a series of trails off of the PCT to get there.  I took the Parker Creek trail to the Thunder Creek trail to the Panther Creek trail, and that last one turned out...

August 12, 2014

As Alina and I headed north from Stevens Pass towards Stehekin, we faced a densely forested wilderness area, full of downed trees and other obstacles.  It was beautiful, but also foreboding. It didn't help that we had rain much of the time as well.  This was taken duri...

August 12, 2014

We had been warned that this section of the trail would be one of the most challenging, and it certainly lived up to--or exceeded--that claim.  The mountains were steep and rugged, and still had snow on the peaks, and the forests seemed impenetrable at times.  There is...

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