DAY 65 Heading to Truckee

18th June
I slept reasonably well considering I W’s at an angle and down hill!
I laid in till 6.30 yes that’s a lay in
I was cold last night and I was Supprise to find that my shoes were frozen. So i wasn’t surprised to see frost on the ground once I got out of my tent. nobodies friend. Was so cold he climbed back up to the trail to be in the sun. I quickly broke camp and went to join we went I was leading we were on the ridge with great views all around. In the distance was more Ski centres and the ski lifts. .as we approached the next hill there was a large snow drift..It looked very steep and slippy. Nobodies friend went first. I cautiously followed. I did think about sliding on my butt but it was too steep and I would possibly shoot off down the mountain. Onward to the road
The trail treating us fairly kindly with not too many last we began to climb down and could see the car park in the distance . typically the trail was difficult very rocky and slippy. As I made my way down I passed about a dozen people with dogs going for their morning walks.we came out at the Trail head and walked the short distance to the road. As we approached a voice said “Cold drinks”


It was a trail angel by the name of Reno Dave.he opened up the ice box which was filled with sodas, water and beer.i went for a beer:-)
As we were chatting another hiker appeared he also grabbed a beer.
Then Dave gave us a ride into Truckee. On route Dave gave us a guided tour. The covered train sheds on the side of the mountain to protect
The train from snow.the original train tunnel. The bridge where a bear got stuck and had to be rescued. And the Donner party. A group of early settlers who got trapped in the snow and had to be rescued. It’s a bit gruesome as they resorted to cannibalism as they were trapped for so long in 20 foot deep snow.


He then dropped us off at safe way.
I didn’t need much but still some hill spent a fortune. I blame fresh oranges and grapes. Once done I sat outside in the sun trying g to fit it all into my pack. Much in grapes and charging my phone. Hurrah a signal. So i ordered new trail runners and new poles from REI. Complained about my current footwear. Found out solar monkey were sending me a new charger.
whoop. And tied up a few loose ends.
I rang smokes to see where he was. He answered then appeared around the corner. As we sat chilling and charging our phones Big sauce arrived.Due to phone issues I some how lost 10 days of my blog entry bugger bugger.i. Luckily Smokes had been writing a journey too so he kindly let me photocopy several pages so I can try and recreate the missing days. While sat outside I was amazed at the friendliness of the towns people asking us about our hike and generally being nice!
Once all done we visited DR’S fora burger and banana shake.Yummy
Then back to the road thumb out to hitch back to the trail head . Smokes and plant behind us. A lovely lady called Helen stopped and gave us a ride back to Donner Pass.As we got out Smokes and Plant arrived. Also there was Barbie & Zombie. And there was Sheriff Woody and Coughy going into town.we set off back on the trail.the  views of Donner lake were fantastic .as the trail climbed we all became spread out. I needed water so planned to call in at the freeway rest area.As I approached the road there were two large tunnels to walk through. Then a side  trail to the rest area.lovely fresh drinking water. .I topped up then doubled back to the trail. Further up saw another side trail and was  annoyed with myself as the rest area was a few feet away. vrrrrr .on I walked. Then caught Smokes. We walked on together at the top of a steep hill was  Da vinchi. He joined us for the short walk to the “Grub hut our destination for the evening.


It’s a small cottage for hikers to stay at and has two floors. There is also a two storey drop toilet. So when it’s deep in snow the top story would be level. Good planning. We decided to camp outside. So once the tents were up we sat together and cooked dinner. Smokes. Nobodies friend. Da vinchi plant and myself
I cooked “best darn chilli”.they all laughed at me as I had carried it from Lone pine 300 miles back! !!
But it was tasty 🙂


Day 35 heading to walker Pass

Tuesday 20 may
Well I made it through the night  sun’s out but it’s cold maybe that’s because I’m up a mountain ! But I’m up early surprising when I didn’t get any sleep. .just as I’m packing up borislias came past another Canadian trying to get home.brrr it’s cold and clouds fill the sky..It hasn’t been this cold before my face aches with it and then wind is back I zip my coat further up and trot on. I haven’t gone to far when wow the site in front of me halts me in my tracks.the views are breathtaking. I stand and stare then snap a few photographs. You think this view can’t be beaten the. You round another corner and wow this is even better. So most of my morning I covered very little ground as it was stop stare snap. ….Sadly my camera can’t do it justice but believe me it’s breathtaking and stunning. The wind continued to howl and I was bloody freezing. I like a little breeze but get no rest bite normally one side of the mountain is sheltered but both bores when you changed directions.Come on sun chase those clouds away. The stunning scenery continued as I walk on trying to get to walker pass and beyond.i felt good apart from cold and I was making good time . I have done two big day with big mileage so should be there soon I can do this.  I can get there today it’s still early. The trail was not too bad, today a good mixture of landscapes..Must be lunchtime I stopped dropped my pack.but no sooner had i sat down the  sun went in and the wind howled again in less than five minutes I was completely frozen so packed up and walked on but my hands in gloves were numb.Come on out Sun I shouted. .I was still wearing my coat. That’s how cold it is as normaly that’s put any after an hr as I’m sweating. ..But not today the miles rolled .Is that  Walkers pass  whoop whoop .shall i camp here or head up the mountain.but first take some photographs of the momuments
Okay it’s still early are we ready to climb body…A deadly silence
Guess that means yes then.@!!!
Up we go it looks high by now i have come to realise if you see a mountain in the distance your going up it
It’s was a series of switchbacks then I heard a voice it was a jolly jogger going up omg  you mad fool I said lol. But I’m not carrying a pack and he was gone. Up and up and up then my friend the wind came back
Coat back on change gear here we go.round and round back and forth then wow OMG THE VIEWS down the pass were amazing .The views were almost 360  Bloody amazing.
The sun was beginning to go down so I looked for a spot. I’m exhausted. .tent place now .tent up food eaten .Please no wind tonight zzzzxZZZZZzzz.
Photos added


Day 33 zero in Mojave

Sunday 18th May

Dam when I am not getting up, I must  remember to switch off my alarm clock! !
Well that was a great sleep,  I went and got coffee, payed for an extra night and  for wireless access,  Fantastic, I do not need to leave my room till 12 so I can walk to post office ( a mile away) Pack up and then head back to the trail.
I’m staying at Motel 6 it’s great clean cheap and it has a pool whoop.
Now I have Wi-Fi I’m catching up with my blog
I have been trying to upload a video  but can’t get it too load mm  grr.
Well what a tiring day  so I decided to sit  on the grass under a tree and have lunch

Although not as exciting as other towns it does have some interesting  facts. It has a history with space exploration. Apparently across the road on the air force base is where Richard Branson is developing his airplane that goes into space

I thought it was a graveyard where planes come to die. But  no, it is where airlines store commercial aircraft for various periods. Mojave Airport, has a 3,000 acre facility
These sites and others like them are used for temporary storage of surplus airliners during periods of decreased air travel, such as during the recession of the early 1990s or in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Aircraft sent to these locations usually remain there for a few months or years awaiting sale to other airlines or scrapyards


After that decided that I needed a hiker sign for hitching so back to the shops hmm they sell every thing except a marker pen but board marker that will do it then to the dumpster for a box.
On the way back to  the motel I decide to get a takeout. As soon as I walk in there are many friendly faces “Hiker Trash


In The  red  is  Bomber and   Can’t remember the others names I apologise will add later

PCT Hike Week 1

Pacific Crest Trail

Week 1 heading to Warner Springs(
Day 1

APRIL 17, 2014 /


The alarm screamed get up, get up get up. It had just gone four am , Bob wanted
to leave at 5 am

I emerged like a zombie  got dressed  grabbed my pack

It was soon loaded into the back of Bob’s car, I checked  everything  one last time.
have I got enough water? I strapped myself in and we are on our way.

Let the adventure began. It was about an hour’s drive to the starting point, no turning back, this is it.

We arrived at about 5.54 just as it began to get light, we posed for the obligatorily photos by the monument before grabbing our gear from the car

How much water should I carry as my pack weighed a ton and there was stuff hanging off it, not a good look

Okay one last check, I decided to take four litres of water a decision
It was now time to walk

At 6 am we said our goodbyes to Bob, and the three of us set off together Hendrik, Kevin, and me

It was a cool morning as we began our hike ,  the trail  meandering off into the distance. We soon came to the 1-mile marker , not quite sure why this mile marker made me so excited  but it did.  Maybe because I was  actually here hiking the PCT

Once past the marker the trail began to climb and climb

Hiking lessons

Lesson 1 have a light pack

Lesson 2 do not carry too much food.

Lesson 3 carry more water.

By now Hendrik was pulling away.  he was almost running!!

Kevin stayed with me, but I felt that I was holding him back

“Don’t wait for me Kevin” I said

“You going to be Okay “

“I’ll be fine, see you up the trail”

Kevin waved goodbye and he too was soon out of sight. I plodded on and soon begin to say those immortal words

“what the fuck am I doing OMG what have I done I can’t do this FUCK.
By mile 7 I was shattered, the heat was intense, and my  pack was so heavy . I took a break and a bit of a nap. I was finding that every 30 minutes I was needing a rest. Then omg by mile 9 my water bladder was empty leaving me with under a litre. I may be in trouble!!

I had wanted to start the hike with 6 litres. But Bob the trail angel said you will be fine with four, there is a saying on the trail. “Hike your own hike “so another lesson learnt! I should have taken more water but then water is heavy another thing you soon learn.

Luckily, some fellow hikers stopped and helped me out by giving me a bottle of Gatorade and a huge swig of water. I set off again , keeping an eye on my dwindling water.

I’m resting again at mile 12 when two fellow hikers stopped and gave me 1/2 a litre each thank you so much guys

I looked across the valley and could see the switchbacks that zig zagged up the other side of the mountain OMG I said again to myself  before setting off  down towards Hawsers Creek

I  arrived at  Hawsers creek at 6 pm

Omg there was a water cache here, thank your god and the people who put this here

I grabbed a 4-litres bottle and glugged down the precious  liquid, until I could drink no more

I had arrived at Hawsers Creek battered and bruised but I had completed my first day on the PCT

I quickly found a flat spot and put up my ten, there was another couple already here their trail name was CNC a hiking couple. I chatted to them as I made hot chocolate before cooking my dinner of mac cheese. I tidied up got into my tent I was asleep just after the 3rd helicopter sweep Zzzzz

Day 2 Boulder Oaks 10 miles

April 18th, 2014

After two low flying helicopters I was soon fast asleep last night. I woke at 7 am CNC were already packed and ready to leave  I ate Pop tarts for breakfast whilst chatting to CNC trying to gleam as much info and tips from them before they headed out.
I shortly  followed; the first part was a two-mile climb that takes me to Lake Moreno. (yesterday’s Target) God it was  hot and steep, I was unable to get any speed , especially lugging my huge pack, then disaster my water bladder is empty?

Did it leak in the night, I didn’t check it this morning, dam another mistake, am I going to have enough water?  I decided to push on and not to stop until I got to the top.

I pushed on the sun blazing down. Until at last  I was there. I needed a rest and took the opportunity to check my water bladder. Doh!!  You arse, I had put the bladder in upside-down, so I was just sucking air, thank god

Several hours later the lake came into view ,it looked gorgeous, at last I dropped down into the campsite

I wandered around the vast campsite that was dotted with HUGE trailers, Winnebago’s, and ones that I came to know as  fifth wheel. Wow the Americans really know how to do leisure. Some had 50” TVs that were mounted outside. I wandered around the huge campsite until I found myself a picnic bench in the shade

I found the perfect spot to take lunch with  a spigot  nearby  so took the opportunity

to  rinse out my stinky clothes and then  dry them in the sun as I  relaxed  and  rested

my feet

Time to hike, but I am still knackered , is it the heat or my pack, what happen to all my training?

After 5  more miles , I arrived at Boulder Oaks, the campsite was deserted. Water I need water. I walked  to a tap and thank god water  poured from it  so I  decide that this will do me  for today. I found a flat spot for my tent and  was setting up Ryan passed by.
Okay its only 10 miles today , but I am reasonably happy. I cooked my supper then Zzzzz

Day 3 mount Laguna

April 19th, 2014

I slept so well at Boulders oak, due to exhaustion so did not wake until 7am

When I emerged,  I noticed another hiker named  Bison was also camped here, but by the time I had broken camp he was gone. I must get more organised. I refilled my water ate breakfast then back to the trail. I  do not have any mileage in mind I would just walk and see where I get to.

The trail started in a wooded area which was cool and easy on my feet, before beginning it is normal climb, later in the day I caught Bison and we began swapping miles.

By lunchtime I was struggling and began to look for some shade to take a nap which seemed like a good technique  to help me cope.

When back on the trail I was passed by an English guy who had hiked the AT trail he gave me lots of good advice, most I already knew but it was good to hear it again.

He tried to encourage me to push myself and get to Mount Laguna, but the heat and with  this bloody heavy pack I was struggling. He towed me along for a while, but he was too fast and so I soon  needed another break. But I fought it and plodded on

I then met Eric, Eric had a good pace  that I was able to match and as we chatted the miles fell away. Soon we were approaching Mount Laguna, but then I  began to run out of energy so let Eric go as my pace slowed to a trudge.

At last the campsite came into view, it said closed but I just didn’t care I wandered through the campsite until I came to a water tap,  I filled up with water, before  wandering on through the deserted park before running into Eric who was sat at a picnic bench.

I was so exhausted so set my pack down by his. Eric was beginning to cook dinner, I plonked myself down on the bench and fired up my new stove and soon my supper was cooking after I had scoffed my supper, I quickly pitched camp and headed to bed. Eric decided to take a walk into town, but I was done, Eric seems to be like the Duracell Bunny he just keeps on going  15 miles today  I’m pleased with that.

Tomorrow I hope to get shake down of my kit and get the weight reduced by Dave at the store. Night all Zzzzz

Day 4 shake down

April 20th, 2014

Another good sleep and as the shop did not open until 10am I had a lie in yeah.

I lazily made breakfast before slowly packing up

As I headed for the store, I threw my roll of Tyvek away and my camp shoes in the nearest bin, (Both rash decisions that I would regret)

At last I met Dave; he weighed my pack then instructed me to make several piles of gear.

What I needed, luxury items and nice to have. I reluctantly put my unwanted gear into the hiker box. I thought my shakedown was going to be a quick affair but several hours later I was still here, as Dave served other customers

Eric also decided to get a shake down. I watched the time tick by, several hours later and a few hundred Dollars lighter I had swapped my pack, my sleeping bag, my stove, and my water filter.

That lost me 16 lb phew and it felt so good BIG SMILEY FACE

All of my spare and unwanted kit I boxed up and posted to Shrek’s Place, miles up the trail at Cascade Locks in Oregon, I just hope I  make it there, I kept looking at my new heavy fleece that cost me a fortune, I should have boxed that up too, but instead I reluctantly put this expensive item in the Hiker box because I just can’t carry it.

In the shake down I discarded several bits is of kit that in hindsight I should have kept or at least posted up the trail too, I am learning the hard way and slowly. At last I was done. It had  seemed that I had been here all day, so not going to do many miles this afternoon. I set off after saying goodbye to Eric who was still sorting his gear.

The sun was warm in the early afternoon as I made my way up the road looking for the trailhead it was only going to be a short afternoon due to the late start but my pack felt much better, the trail was kind and I put in good miles helped with the dramatic weight loss.

I soon came to a small campsite; I was in too minds whether to stop or go on but decided to stop and put in a better day tomorrow.

There were several hikers here already and the luxury of a drop toilet and even better trail magic, a water cache. I filled up then put up my tent and cooked supper

There was a hiker here called “Trail-Dancer” who was sleeping in a hammock, I was impressed with that

Day 5 My first 20 Miler

APRIL 21, 2014

I woke to an empty campsite, I topped up with water and was on the trail by 7 am

(Still not early as most hikers)  My pack feels so much better and I was able to crush some early miles and wow what fantastic scenery.

I was enjoying the trail today apart from the sun,  fuck its hot and no shade at all, luckily the climbs were not too steep

Oh, fantastic another water cache. I was just filling up when Eric appears, we have been swapping miles for the last two days

He’s fitter and faster than me and so was soon in the distance. The trail then came to an energy sapping climb and in the heat unbearable for me. Once at the top there were several hikers sheltering from the sun, so I joined them and had an hour sleep as the sun was melting!!

Before I flew out,  I had  made several spread sheets  about  resupplying  , But you

quickly learn that hiking the PCT  especially  the first section is getting from water to water . So once again I am off heading for the next water source. I arrived around 6 refilled and then rested in the shade .There were about a dozen other hikers here some resting some cooking then CNC arrived. This was the couple that I camped with on day one. It was good to see them.

After they refilled their water they  headed off. I thought I could do a few more miles, so set off too, but I am not yet in the  groove as  I have not  really grasped my maps  so  typically the trail was steep. Nowhere to put a tent, I was done  but needed to find a flat spot so had to carry on . I climbed a few more hills just looking for somewhere to camp.

Hurrah I said to myself as I began to see a few tents  and one I recognised as CNC’s they saw me and  invited me over. I did not hesitate , quickly drooped my pack before setting up my tent. I joined them for dinner , they are far more  experienced  than me  and  gave me valuable advice. This was a great spot with great views of the next valley

Day 6 Scissors Crossing

APRIL 22, 2014

I woke on top of a mountain, with totally amazing views. I am slow at starting but was out of my tent by 6am, but once packed up and breakfast eaten it was 7.30. CNC who I camped with last night had long gone. My aim this morning was to get to scissors crossing then hopefully start the climb before it gets too hot. I made good progress and arrived at 10 am. I was pleased to see CNC were still here. I was refilling my water when Eric strolled in he had hitched to another town yesterday to get hold of more fuel as he had managed to leave his at the Laguna Store .I was looking forward to some trail magic here as I had heard of people cooking your burgers, sodas and beer, but I was more than happy with water. So, once I was watered up, I set off for the big climb. Luckily today there was a cool breeze and it was slightly overcast as normally hikers struggle with this climb due to the heat

As the trail winds it is way up the mountains the scenery becomes breathtakingly beautiful, cacti in bloom reds, pinks and yellows, Up and up I go higher and higher after about four hours climbing, I stop for lunch and a snooze. God the hills just sap my energy and it is hot even with the wind.

I pass by several people who were dry camping (camping not near to water). The next water source is 20 miles .I felt good so pressed on,  but with the trail you never know what is coming next, I should have guessed that it would be more climbing. As I’m puffing up another climb Eric appears , which is good as he tends to pull me along.

Hurrah I reach a sign that says  1 mile to go for water,  thank god I say to myself;  I’m beginning to fall behind. But I am not bothered  as I need water..

Now if there is a sign saying water 1 mile then it should be 1 mile, but no !! there is now another sign that says water 1/3 mile and it is downhill and off trail.

I am exhausted as I wander down this trail heading to water. As I walk down this track, I can see that several hikers have made camp by the side of the trail, which seems a good idea.

At last I can see the water, there are boxes of water piled high. I gulp down several pints before topping up my bottles. I’m exhausted and my feet are in need attention. So, I  decide to camp nearby. Tent up and another 20 miles done. Whoop

Thanks whoever maintains this water cache tomorrow

Day 7 Warner Springs

April 23rd, 2014

I was so looking forward to a good night’s sleep, but the weather had a different idea.

I was. Woken  at 2am by a huge centipede crawling over my face, how the fuck did you get into my tent. I scooped the beast up and threw him out. 1-2-3 and relax and I was soon back to sleep. But no, the wind arrived,  I was worried my tent would be ripped to bit, it was so scary, the wind was relentless ,ponding and pulling my tent  until I must have dozed off.

I woke exhausted but amazed to see that my tent was still above me. I quickly made breakfast and hit the trail by 7.30. The trail started with a few climbs but my feet seemed heavy, but after an hour I was soon in my stride .Later I was joined by another hiker whose name was Bambi, he hiked in a kilt  he hiked on together and soon cruised past the 100 mile point whoop hurrah. The next water was at Barrel Springs where I would stop for foot check and sock change and a well-deserved rest after this it will be on to Warner Springs

As I walked, I was just amazed at the countryside, wide open fields that stretched for miles, then through luscious woodland, as we  marched down  the  path,  I  noticed warning signs  on the trees warning of  poison oak. That is good as I had not a clue what it looked like. Well there is a big difference in seeing the picture in a book and in real life. At  last  we  cruised  into Barrel  springs  this was my  rest, refill, and  foot  check. Bambi wanted to get a move on, so I waved him goodbye.

Here in the clearing was a large concrete trough that was filled from a spring, sometimes trail angels leave Soda and beer in here but sadly I was out of luck

I  soon dropped my pack, boots and socks off , lunch  and  relax .Then  it was a quick  check  of my  feet  new plasters on my blisters  , and a check over on the  hot spots before  I  was back  on the trail

Hurrah , Warner Springs whoop another 20 miles completed  There was a lot of activity here a small tented town, I found a patch and put up my tent .

Once settled  I went to explore there were showers, you can’t  laundry done and a small  resupply and café . Sadly, I am too late for that too. So, relax with other smelly hikers and enjoy the last of the sunshine, Eric is also here so I chat with him and other hikers. To my right are several baseball courts so I watch a few of the kids practicing before my eyes decide that it is bedtime