When to Call it Quits on the Pacific Crest Trail

“With disturbing frequency, backpackers die in the mountains during the first snows of the season. Avalanche danger, hypothermia and obliterated trails are a threat to your life. Snow has closed the PCT in Washington as early as mid-September. In a … Continue reading

Winter is Coming

“The path wound its way through the snow laden trees. The forest had an ethereal quality, that made me feel as if I was floating rather than hiking. It was mid-November in the Appalachian mountains. Winter was coming.” ~ Cam … Continue reading

International Appalachian Trail | Canada & USA | 2011

Distance : 743 miles (1196 km) approx. Avg.Time:  45 – 50 days Start : Cap Gaspe, Quebec, Canada Finish : Mt.Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Maine, USA Maps / Information : In October, 2011, I hiked from Cap Gaspe, Quebec, via … Continue reading

A Peruvian Shepherd in Montana

The following meeting took place during my Continental Divide Trail hike of 2012: As I descended towards Morrison Lake, I was approached by a latino man on horseback. He greeted me with an enthusiastic, “Hola Amigo!” Much to his surprise, I responded in Spanish. … Continue reading

Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 4 – Chavin to Pastoruri

Distance: 48 miles (77km) Time: 3 days (September 4 – 6) Start: Lake Queracocha Finish: Pastoruri Glacier Maps: I used two mapsets during the Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT): Alpenvereinskarte (German Alpine Club): Consists of two 1:100,000 maps that cover the … Continue reading

Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 3 – Pitec to Chavin

 Distance: 46 miles (74 km) Time: 3 days Start:  Pitec Finish: Chavin Maps: I used two mapsets during the Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT): Alpenvereinskarte (German Alpine Club): Consists of two 1:100,000 maps that cover the entire range – 0/3a Cordillera … Continue reading

Quick & Dirty Guides to the Triple Crown

With the popularity of the Triple Crown increasing, the amount of information on the internet regarding the three long distance trails is staggering. Some of it is good; some of it not so much. That being the case, how does one separate … Continue reading

Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 2 – Pompey to Pitec

Distance: 65 miles (105 km) Time: 5 days (including a rest day in Huaraz) Start: Pompey Returned to the CBT via a colectivo minibus from the town of Chacas. Finish: Pitec From Pitec, I got a 1 hr ride down … Continue reading

Cordillera Blanca Traverse – Stage 1 – Hualcallan to Pompey

Note:  Twenty minutes before beginning the Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT) in Hualcallan, I had the following conversation with an inquisitive local with a very dry sense of humour. It has been translated from Spanish to English. “Where are you headed?” … Continue reading

Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT) | Peru, 2014

Thru Hiking the Jewel of the Peruvian Andes Between August 21 and September 6, 2014, I completed a traverse of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, one of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountain ranges. Beginning north of Nevado Alpamayo and finishing … Continue reading

Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT) | Peru, 2014

Between August 21 and September 6, 2014, I completed a traverse of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, one of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountain ranges. Beginning north of Nevado Alpamayo and finishing at Pastoruri Glacier, the route consisted of a combination … Continue reading

Copper Canyon Traverse (CCT) Slideshow

On the morning of December 12, 2013, Justin and I reached the ‘Cumbres de Sinforosa’, the finishing point for our 24 day traverse of Mexico´s Copper Canyon region. It was an eventful journey, marked by memorable characters, amazing scenery, challenging … Continue reading

CCT – Stage 4 – Batopilas to Cumbres de Sinforosa

Date:  December 6-12 ( 6 days) Start:  Batopilas Finish:  Cumbres de Sinforosa Distance: 130.5 miles (210 km) Daily Average:  21.7 miles (35 km) Total Distance:  381 miles (613 km) The Highs and Lows of the CCT We reached the fog shrouded … Continue reading

CCT – Stage 3 – Divisadero to Batopilas

Date: December 2-5 (3.5 days) Start:  Divisadero Finish:  Batopilas Distance:  65.9 miles (106 km) Daily Average: 18.8 miles (30.3 km) Total Distance: 250.4 miles (403 km) Urique High Route Leaving Divisadero, our route skirted the western rim of Urique canyon. … Continue reading

CCT – Stage 2 – Creel to Divisadero

Date:  November 27 – 30 (3.5 days) Start:  Creel Finish:  Divisadero Distance:  41.5 miles (67 km) Daily Average:  11. 8 miles (19.1 km) Total Distance:  184.5 miles (297 km) The Junkie Whilst hiking out of Creel at the beginning of … Continue reading

CCT – Stage 1 – Basaseachic Falls to Creel

Date: November 19 – 26 (7.5 days) Start: Basaseachic Falls Finish:  Creel Distance: 143 miles (230 km) Daily Average: 19.1 miles (30.7 km) Total Distance: 143 miles (230 km) The Beginning Our trip began at Basaseachic Falls (246 m / 807 ft). Located in … Continue reading

ALDHA West Keynote Address – 12 Long Walks

Here is a video clip from the talk I gave at ALDHA West on September 28, 2013. This particular excerpt relates to the Southeastern Serpentine Trail, the sixth of the 12 Long Walks.  It includes reminisces about robberies, solitude, hypothermic weather and Pabst-Blue Ribbon … Continue reading

Full Length Traverse of Mexico’s Copper Canyon Region

In late November, Justin “Trauma” Lichter and I will be headed to the Copper Canyon region of northern Mexico. Our objective?  A full length traverse of the entire canyon system. The Copper Canyon is four times larger than the Grand … Continue reading