Rattlesnakes and Bald Eagles by Chris Townsend

When I was first getting into serious hiking one of my gurus was Chris Townsend.

And he’s still one of my gurus today.

Understated. Informative. Interesting.

ChrisTownsendOutdoors.com

He hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1982 averaging only 15 miles a day with the heavy equipment of that era.

In 2015 Chris published his account of that trip. I highly recommend it.

related – Keith Foskett – Chris Townsend Interview

7 great hikes S.W. USA

1. BUCKSKIN GULCH AND PARIA CANYON | 31 MILES | 4 DAYS

2. GRAND CANYON – DEER CREEK/KANAB CREEK LOOP | 55 MILES | 8 DAYS

3. GRAND CANYON – NANKOWEAP TRAIL | 40 MILES | 7 DAYS

4. ZION NARROWS | 14 MILES | 2 DAYS

5. COYOTE GULCH | 25MILES | 4 DAYS

7. ARIZONA’S GALIURO MOUNTAINS, THE PLACE TIME HAS FORGOTTEN | 32MILES | 4 DAYS

details – Take a Hike: 7 of the Grandest Adventures in the Southwest

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Coyote Gulch

PCT statistics 2016

381 completed surveys

HIKER DEMOGRAPHICS.

  • SEX | 67% Male, 33% Female
  • AGE | 2% <20, 18% 20-24, 27% 25-29, 18% 30-35, 10% 35-39, 11% 40-49, 10% 50-59, 5% 60-69
  • AVERAGE AGE | 34 (σ = 11.8)
  • AVERAGE BASE WEIGHT (START) | 19.57 lb / 8.88 kg (σ = 9.4 lb / 4.3 kg)
  • AVERAGE BASE WEIGHT (END) | 16.51 lb / 7.49 kg (σ = 6.4 lb / 2.9 kg)
  • AVERAGE AMOUNT SPENT ON GEAR | $1,647.35 (σ = $1,245.86)
  • FINISH – PAIRS OF SHOES USED (AVERAGE) | 4.2 (σ = 1)
  • FINISH – AVERAGE AMOUNT SPENT ON ENTIRE HIKE | $6,053.75 (σ = $2,573.66)

What resource did you find MOST VALUABLEwhen planning your hike?

  1. Halfway Anywhere* 🙂
  2. Blogs
  3. Yogi’s PCT Handbook
  4. Halfmile
  5. Guthook
  6. Craig’s PCT Planner

Halfway Anywhere

Secretary Zinke, Stand Up for Public Lands

On August 24, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will reveal which national monuments he’ll recommend to reduce in size or abolish. …

Last week, the national hunting advocacy group Backcountry Hunters and Anglers launched a new television ad that’s running in Montana, the Secretary’s home state. Featuring scenes of general outdoor recreation and hunting, the ad uses Zinke’s own quotes to illustrate his hypocrisy—saying he’s pro-public lands, comparing himself to Roosevelt, and threatening jobs in the hunting and fishing industry. …

Hunters, the Surprising Saviors of Our Public Lands

The GOP’s war on public lands threatens to alienate a key part of its voting base—sport hunters

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The 400 mile Jordan Trail

Though segments of the 400-mile trail have existed for decades, the official “Jordan Trail” was announced earlier this year …

It’s the most epic, most ambitious trail in the region, stretching from Umm Quais in the north, passed 52 villages (including well-known Wadi Rum and Petra), before terminating at the Red Sea in the south. The 40-day hike was inspired by Petra’s architects, the Nabataeans, who used the route primarily for the spice trade. It follows King’s Highway (a trade route mentioned in the Bible), plus ancient Roman roads. …

The 55-mile stretch that connects Wadi Rum to Petra is among the most popular.  …

The Manual

In some sections you may have to carry 5 litres of water.

We’ve added the Jordan Trail to our list of best hikes in Africa and the Middle East.

A Walk with Mud – PCT north to south

I rated this trip journal 2/5 on Amazon.

Not enough hiking detail. Too much on the weird, strained relationship of Mud and Bug.

By the end I mostly felt sorry for Mud who seemed to be simply dealing with PTSD with marijuana and thru-hiking.

He might have been better off hiking alone.

It was the first north to south trip report I’d read. Sounds much more difficult than the usual south to north.

If you are vegan or vegetarian you might be interested. Both tried to observe a vegan diet on the trail.

A Walk with Mud: a story of two friends hiking from Canada to Mexico on the Pacific Crest Trail