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2097 miles on the trail
553 miles to go

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A Birthday Poem for Ethan

A Birthday Poem for Ethan

Ode to a Wild Man

Written by Joshua Parry, August 2019

Oh wild man, oh wild man,
Look at his bush of beard,
Look at his big flat feet,
Ignore all the smush he eat.

Oh wild man, oh wild man,
Look at his horse mane hair,
Look at his string bean body,
Ignore his strange clothes all shoddy.

Oh wild man, oh wild man,
Look at his fearsome spirit,
Look at his courageous heart,
Ignore the smell of fart.

Oh wild man, oh wild man,
Look at the miles he’s walked,
Look at the friends he’s made,
Ignore how his toes have splayed.

Oh wild man, oh wild man,
Not far now from home,
In hugs you’ll be immersed,
Just have a shower first.

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Look who we bumped into!

Look who we bumped into!

In the past 2 weeks we have walked from Ashland (Southern border of Oregon) to Timberline Lodge (Northern border of Oregon), where we have linked up with Ethan’s parents for some R&R. That’s 377 miles in 14 days, and we are now knocking on the door of Washington state. Suddenly the end seems near, only 550 miles to go…

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Mile 187 to Mile 203

Mile 187 to Mile 203

Fuller Ridge

Without realising we had camped along Fuller Ridge, a section that many had warned us about with regards to its snow and slopes. Having awoke early the snow was hard and relatively easy to cross and before we knew it we were on the other side and descending back to the dusty heat of shrub-land. On our way down we got nice views of the summit we conquered the day before. Suddenly we found we were crossing paths with hikers we’ve never met before. The heat took some getting used to again, but passing the 200 mile mark gave us the boost to near the bottom of the climb and settle down for a warm but very windy night. 

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Mile 178 to Mile 187

Idyllwild
Mile 178 to Mile 187

Mt. San Jacinto

Following a nice breakfast in Idyllwild we got a lift back to the Devil’s Slide Trail (6,500ft) and began the steep 2.6m hike back to the PCT at Saddle Junction (mile 178). At mile 181 we turned off the PCT and took the San Jacinto Peak alternate route to the peak. This early the ice was impacted and easy to cross using our micro spikes. The view all the way up were stunning, however as we were following the trail of foot prints we soon discovered we were off trail and had to head vertically up the slope to find it once more.

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Zero Day at Idyllwild

Zero Day at Idyllwild

A welcome day of rest with some luxury at the Idyllwild Inn. Burgers, showers, laundry, Mexican, resupply, meeting with the mayor (really, that’s Mayor Max in the photo!). Pizza, beer, a good night’s sleep, and we’re ready to head uphill tomorrow – San Jacinto peak (3,300m) beckons! 🙂

I had so much fun visiting with the PCT Hikers today. They gave me a piece of pizza, and it was delicious. They also…

Posted by Mayor Max on Tuesday, 9 April 2019
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Mile 165 to Mile 178

Mile 165 to Mile 178
Idyllwild

Apache Ridge

An early get up was rewarded with a stunning and warming sunrise. Looking at @guthookguides we knew we had some heffa climbs coming up including one that took up 5 miles of the trail. Molly was pissed off at this point with the gradient, she is not a fan of uphill hiking. We tackled Apache Peak and faced our first snow passes which we took in our stride ignoring the slopes downwards.

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Mile 152 to Mile 165

Mile 152 to Mile 165

Everyone had a little lay in after an oddly comfortable night, and got up for breakfast at the cafe. Their breakfast burrito was 👌. Full and fuelled, the first few miles came easy but the heat was no joke. Everyone struggled in the heat and the miles came slow as the gradient increased. We climbed to 7,034 ft before the crew began to regroup. We all complained about the struggle, which seemed to boost moral, and together made a move across the ridge lines.

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Mile 135 to Mile 152

Mile 135 to Mile 152

Awaking before the rest of the team, we got off to a solid start as the heat rose. It was exposed but relatively flat at first. We took break before our first climb, but it was here that Ethan forgot his @outdoorresearch sun gloves. Realising his mistake approximately 2 miles down the track after the climb, he decided it was worth the rescue mission. At midday in the exposed heat, Ethan ran the 2 miles there and 2 miles back successfully returning in 30 minutes much to Mollys surprise. It was on this day that “Road Runner” was born.

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Mile 115 to Mile 135

Mile 115 to Mile 135

Determined to make miles we set off with the mind set of conquering a 19 miler. A small river crossing and steep climb took us along ridge lines shrouded by cloud. The temperature stayed cool, but when we stopped for lunch winds dropped it to finger numbing levels. It was here I (Ethan) messed up and cut the inside of my lip with our pen knife (listen out for this on the podcast). The cold made us press on and consume the miles. We found camp alongside the trail where we were shortly joined by Andre, Panda, Eric, Stark Naked, Mayo and Chef. We calculated a 19.8 mile day, and settled down to an evening of chat and food. 

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Mile 110 to Mile 115

Mile 110 to Mile 115

We left Warner Springs late, around 1pm, and hit the trail straight through the meadows. Following a dry river basin, we headed back to the shrub hills through pockets of trees. It was an unexpected Nero with us only making 5 miles but we found a beautiful spot alongside the river and under a tree. In the sand of the river banks we planned out the mileage for the next few days to Idyllwild for our first zero; 17, 19, 16 and 12. Looking forward to a rest. 

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Mile 98 to Mile 110

Mile 98 to Mile 110

Eagle Rock

Sleep was rough with rain and wind battering the tent about. We woke up in a cloud but music soon got us eating miles along the trail. The path dropped down to lush green meadows where we caught up with Panda and came across the famous Eagle Rock. Here we joined many hikers in the last few miles of the day before reaching Warner Springs. We enjoyed our first showers on the trail, though they were bucket showers, and had a chance to rinse our clothes, fill our bellies and enjoy down time with hiker trash. 

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Mile 79 to Mile 98

Mile 79 to Mile 98

After the previous days heat and low mileage we aimed to get up early and kill it putting in 12 miles before midday. Warner Springs was our next destination at mile 110 so we wanted to get into the late 90’s to make the next day easier. Despite the heat we managed to surpass our original aim of 95, passes over the ridge line to new views eventually bedding down on a dry river bed. Water caches during the day kept us sane in the heat.

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Mile 73 to Mile 79

Mile 73 to Mile 79

Scissors Crossing

This was the day of Julian and a much anticipated Nero (low mileage day). We finished the decent from our camping spot and crossed a few miles along the flat before reaching Scissors Crossing. From here we aimed to hitch hike to the town of Julian, but the locals kept us waiting and the tourists looked perplexed by the number of seemingly homeless people wanting a ride to town.

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Mile 57 to Mile 73

Mile 57 to Mile 73

Today was a helluva exposed day! We also learnt that downhills hurt more than up hills, so we took a break at the bottom of a valley to rest the knees and dry out our tent. The following climb was brutal in the heat, so once at the summit we made our own shelter using our ground sheet stretched between shrubs and tucked down for lunch. 

Eventually we strolled down the opposite ridge side listening to a couple of dudes fire their rifles at nothing. At the bottom we were blessed by Trail Magic! Francisco and Karina were absolute angels and deserve their own post so keep eyes out for that. 

The next 5-6 miles came easy after that and we settled down along side a boulder with a view. Coyotes and owls filled the night .

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