Author Archives: jlichter

Poling Efficiency

With the primaries and presidential elections coming up, I thought I would write a post on poling technique – just a different type of poling technique. I am talking trekking poles, not political poles. It recently popped into my mind as I was out on my first cross-country ski of the year the other day. […]

A Tale of Two Trips – Recap of the First Winter PCT Traverse

Weather: The Pacific Crest Trail is arguably the most diverse trail of the Triple Crown long distance trails in the U.S. It traverses volcanic lava fields to deserts, from moist, moss filled forests to barren, alpine granite passes – in fact from Muir Pass not even a bush or a tree is visible (the only […]

Mt Laguna, CA

The next storm started coming in today. Winds are blowing hard and the clouds started streaming over the mountains this afternoon. We made it to the small town of Mt. Laguna a few hours before the rain started to fall. Now the rain is blowing sideways. It looks as though we are going to have […]

Idyllwild, CA

Things are going well. We are in the last week of the hike now with about 180 miles to go. We are thinking we’ll be at the Mexican border, and southern terminus of the PCT, on March 1. We had a few inches of fresh snow the last couple of days while going over Mt. […]

Interstate 15 near Cajon Pass

We now have completed nearly 2300 miles and have 362 miles remaining on the hike. We just completed the San Gabriel Mountains and one of my favorite sections of the trail through Southern California. I love the ridge section around Mt. Baden Powell! We were back in snow for about five miles or so around […]