Restarting the blog and more hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail

Ferns at Big Lagoon California
Ferns at Big Lagoon California

Happy Forth of July!

It’s been awhile since I posted here, but tomorrow we begin hiking across the state of Oregon on the Pacific Crest Trail. We will start near Ashland, OR and plan to hike about 430 miles to Cascade Locks on the Columbia River.

We have spent the past few days scurrying about the Medford area buying hiking food and shipping it to various locations across the state. Oregon has many remote lodges, church camps, and rustic resorts near the trail that accept resupply packages from hikers. Along most of the PCT it’s possible to resupply at one of these locations every 50 or 60 miles and we are taking advantage of almost all of them to lessen the weight of the food we have to carry.

Oregon has a reputation among PCT thru-hikers as being an easy state where they can often hike 30 or 40 miles per day. In large part, that’s because the thru-hikers have hiked 1,700 miles before they arrive here, and they are in fantastic hiking shape. That won’t be us, we are planning a relaxed hike at about half that pace.

We might run into some snow starting around the Crater Lake area, but hopefully it will mostly be melted by the time we arrive there. Our fingers are crossed that the mosquitoes won’t be too bad, but we have our bug nets and repellent ready.

Dale and Melissa (family) have been a huge help here in the Medford area. We really appreciate all their help and assistance as we start this hike.

5 Comments on “Restarting the blog and more hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail

  1. Awesome! Mother Goose and I hiked NB just after the 4th of July in 2008. We encountered a LOT of snow as that had been a high snow year as well. Take advantage of all the seasonal water areas. Some of them are gushing out of the ground! Let me know if you need help, as you and Deb have helped me several times.

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  2. I’ll eagerly await each blog. Love you guys. Walk well. J J

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  3. Thanks Dana. No mapping plans right now. Everything should be accurate from my last hike across Oregon in 2014, but I’m always on the lookout for changes/corrections.

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  4. Bon Voyage Lon
    Always a pleasure to see your posts and pictures.
    Will you be Geo Mapping Oregon?
    Halfmile is a hero to anyone who has hiked the trail.
    Dana Law

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