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PCT Training – Days 3, 4, 5, 6

Days 3 and 4 were training hikes on my own property due to road conditions – Both days were just 2 to 2.5 mile hikes so nothing special – I live on a hill and have 10 acres so I do get to train going up and down hill, and stepping over logs…

PCT Training Hikes Day 3

So in keeping with my training effort of hitting at least one new trail per day to get in shape for the PCT, I hit the road early this morning. It was 17F out, with a wind chill of 10F. I intentionally went with less warm clothing, using…

PCT Training Hikes Day 1 and 2

It is now less than 90 days before I start my Pacific Crest Trail 2650 mile hike on 03/21, my second attempt. I decided that this go round I should be in better shape than I was last year, and that the best way to do this would be to get…

Ok – Lets Make This Official!

I have been less than 100% committed to hiking the PCT again in 2017  - So many things going on with the business, personal life, health issues, and so on. I had planned to be a month into training by now, which hasn’t happened, and now any…

Update from Morgan

Hello all - Morgan here. Just a quick update. I did two 18 mile days in a row and was feeling pretty good about that. I had a Sawyer Squeeze for water filtration and the chintzy washer they include apparently fell out at some point, and…

Off Trail to Hesperia

Hi everyone....here's the update on Morgan for today (no pics, but you'll understand in a bit)! Last night he started feeling sick around 9:30 and went to sleep early for him. This morning when he woke up he still wasn't feeling very…

300 Down

Good evening everyone =) Here's your nightly update...geez...I feel like your local news program at this rate =) Hopefully my reports aren't nearly as horrifying as what you hear on the local news!! Well, we are past the 300 mark (and I…

More Miles Down

Good evening everyone. Just got off a quick phone call with Morgan. I don't know what mile he's at actually tonight. He mentioned that he was at a particular spot on the trail and I can't remember the name of it. However, he and Dick did…

Out of Big Bear

Hi everyone. Just a quick update before I drop off the cliff into dreamland for the night. They did finally get back on the trail. There wasn't much cell or data service, and only heard from him one time. It's going to be a long trek…

Best Laid Plans

Well the best laid plans.... Morgan, and another hiker by the name of Dick (apparently Afterburner kept going after a night in Big Bear while Morgan waited for the box I sent him with the new pole) were supposed to head out this morning…

Grrrr…UPS!!!

Darn UPS! Was supposed to deliver my replacement trekking pole today, and some gatorade powder packs from my wife - but due to a 'technical malfunction' it won't be here until tomorrow. I do like Big Bear City but I wanted out of here…

Hello from Big Bear

I'm on a zero day in Big Bear Lake at the moment - thought I would write about the last couple of days. I had a fall on snow/ice on Fuller Ridge, no serious injury, I had microspikes but wasn't wearing them and shouldn't have carried them,…

Zero in Banning

Yay! More miles down today. I didn't hear from him the majority of today because the cold on Fuller Ridge the last 2 night zapped the battery life on all of his electronics. I had a quick message in the morning, and then that was it for the…

Another Night in the Books

Good evening everyone =) Another night in the books. Tonight he's over Fuller Ridge and camping off trail at about mile 195.38 The snow struck again, and he ended up falling and doing a butt slide a ways. He didn't hurt himself, but he…

On the Move

Hello everyone. Julie again. Morgan left Idyllwild this morning after meeting up with and having breakfast with Paul Lockey, one of the other hikers. Hi Paul! He didn't have hardly any cell or data service the entire day, but he did find…

“You Need To Go Home.”

"You Need To Go Home." Those were the first words out of the doctors mouth this morning. I went in to have him look at my ailing knee which doesn't seem to be improving, and to seek help for restless leg syndrome which is dramatically…

Zero in Idyllwild

How do you know when a hiker has reached a hotel for a zero day? When this is the first thing they text you when they arrive there... "Omg the bed at the hotel is so much more comfortable than the ground" LOL =)  So yes...he made it to…

Holy Cow! 2 updates 1 day!

Look at this...2 updates in one day! I'll have to congratulate myself with something of the chocolate variety for being such a good hiker wife. ;) He's not quite to Idyllwild. Should get there tomorrow afternoon sometime based on what I…

Cowboy Camping For The Night

Hi everyone! I was a bit exhausted last night and didn't get Morgan's update posted like I should have. Bad, bad hiker wife! Don't worry, lovely followers, I'll make sure I discipline myself severely with something of the chocolate variety…

Moving On

Only a small update for tonight. While Warner Springs was apparently a nice enough place to stop to bounce boxes, recharge all batteries and eat (8 street tacos last night and Angels showed up this morning with Starbucks and cookies for…

Onward and upward!

Woo hoo!!! He's made it to the 100 mile marker. =) Actually he's made it past that. He made it to Barrel Springs Campground tonight and that's at 101.12. Not a chance to talk with him tonight because he didn't want to bother any of the…

Here We Go Again!

Well he's back on the trail again. He had his second urine test and the creatinine was still high, but not high enough for the doc to prevent him from hiking. He promises that he's drinking plenty of water (see campsite pic...I think he…

Update on Morgan’s Health

Hi everyone...latest update on Morgan. Just got off the phone with him, and the test results came back high on the creatinine which is the enzyme in the kidney. It was high, but not high enough for the doctor to tell him to not hike. The…

Health Update from Morgan

Update from Morgan..... So after sitting it out in Julian waiting to see a doctor for two days I finally got in today. Urine, blood, and EKG tests. Rhabdomyolysis is what is suspected, apparently they see it many times a year from PCT…

Zero Day Thoughts So Far

Since I am stuck in a hotel for a day or two more I thought I would write down some of my notes on the trail so far, for other hikers. Days 1 and 2 for me were extraordinarily difficult. The terrain is a fairly steep climb up, then down to…

Touchdown in Mount Laguna

Hi everyone. Sorry for the delay in getting an update on Morgan's progress to you. He made it into Mount Laguna on Tuesday night, but almost everything was drained of power so I didn't actually get pictures until today. He's gotten quite…

Back on the trail

Hi everyone!!! I just finished talking with Morgan, and getting the latest batch of pictures for the day. He left Lake Morena this morning early, and was very happy to have started the day off when it was much cooler. He's feeling pretty…

Look out Lake Morena

Good evening everyone. I'm sorry I didn't post an update last night, but just as I was getting ready to wind up my day and write something up for you the power went all disco and then went completely out for a couple of hours. By the time…

The Journey Begins!!

Hi everyone! This is Morgan's wife, Julie. Today his journey began!!! =D He finally made it to the trail head this morning at about 9:30 PST. As of about 5pm PST he had made it to mile 8.68. About an hour after that he called me saying…