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PCT Desert Hiking Tips & Advice

The first 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) go through the parched and desert landscapes of Southern California. Use these tips and tricks from my 2017 thruhike to improve your skills and enjoy the beautiful desert hiking.

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Grand Canyon Day 5

The wind was a force to be reckoned with last night. It bent the branches of the trees and buffeted our tents all night howling like  a tortured soul. When my alarm went off, I only had intermittent sleep to show for all my efforts. Bedazzled didn’t fare any better.

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Grand Canyon Day 4

I awoke before my alarm and peeked out of my tent. I saw Bedazzled’s tent right in front of mine. You know, sleeping on the rim of the Grand Canyon is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I had the luck to have someone camp right in front of me…

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Grand Canyon Day 3

We woke up at 6:00 and decided to take the Transept Trail to Bright Angel Point for sunrise. The spot is only a quarter mile from the lodge so we knew it might be crowded. As we passed the lodge, the smell of bacon was drifting through the air and our empty stomachs groaned.

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Grand Canyon Day 2 

My alarm went off at 6:00 AM and I got up slowly. My legs felt strange. At first I couldn’t place the feeling, but then I realized they were a little sore. Only 11 days after finishing the PCT and my legs are sore from a 7 mile hike.

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Grand Canyon Day 1

As we came up a short rise, suddenly the ground parted before us and a vast expanse opened before our eyes. Layers of earth were laid bare in a geological layer cake and the white and red sandstone stood out starkly in the predawn light. The sound of gravel beneath our feet echoed in our ears as we took our first steps into the Grand Canyon.

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Telescope Peak

The hike to Telescope Peak takes you along an exposed ridge line through starkly beautiful and windswept terrain. You pass by pinyon pine, juniper, and 3,000 year old bristlecone pine trees before topping out at 11,049 ft. The summit views treat the hardy hiker to 360 degree views, including the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west and desert salt flats 11,000 ft. below to the east.

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San Bernardino to Shields Peak Traverse

A strenuous hike with almost 7,000 feet of elevation gain, the San Bernardino Peak to Shields Peak Traverse makes for a challenging day hike or nice overnight backpacking trip.  The route takes you through juniper, pine and fir forests to the summit of four peaks over 10,000 feet while enjoying spectacular views of the Inland Empire 10,000 feet below.

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Pacific Crest Trail Q&A Part 1

Bedazzled and I sit down and answer your questions about our 2017 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. This is part one of a three part Q&A series. Stay tuned and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be notified when the new videos come out. 

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