Capt Dan PCT 2015 VLOG #36- Days 57 - 61, Kearsarge Pass
After the initial huge snowfield on the north side of Forester Pass, there was still a lot of snow to hike through before returning to terra firma. The valley was beautiful... like an iconic photograph. Felt like I was Ansel Adams. From here I got......
Capt Dan PCT 2015 VLOG #35- Day 57, Crossing Forester Pass
Well, today's the day I cross Forester Pass. I got up extra early because I wanted to cross as early in the day as possible so it'd be easier to deal with the snowfield on the north side. The weather cooperated- blue skies and cold but a good day f......
Capt Dan PCT 2015 VLOG #22- Days 30 - 33
Broke the 400 mile mark and hiked through an area with lots of Poodle Dog Bus, so much so that the PCT designated a detour around the stuff. Finished the section by arriving at the Acton KOA, a popular rest stop (and a vortex) for PCT hikers. I too......
Capt Dan PCT 2015 VLOG #28- Days 45 - 47
Making my way to Lake Isabella thru miles 606 - 652. I think I catch my first glimpse of the Sierra mountains in the distant north. The terrain switched back to typical southern California brown with scrub brush and few water sources. I had to tre......
Capt Dan PCT 2015 VLOG #40- Day 65, Muir Pass
Got an extra early start because I was going over Muir Pass (11,955 ft). It's the last of the big passes and its reputation is that it's the one with the most snow... and it didn't disappoint. A couple miles of hiking in snow on both sides. The Jo......
Capt Dan PCT 2015 VLOG #12- Days 16 and 17
The first part of the PCT was closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure so I regained the trail coming out of Idyllwild via the Devil's Slide. That got me up to Fuller Ridge where I spent the night at a campground on top of the mountain. This was the......
Capt Dan PCT 2015 VLOG #61- Day 97 (part 2)
Arriving at Belden town resort....
Capt Dan PCT 2015 VLOG #13- Days 18 and 19
I spent the night sleeping in the back yard of Ziggy and the Bear's home. They were my first Trail Angel experience on the PCT and they were great folks. From here you start a hot, dry stretch that initially takes you through a wind farm. I reache......
Capt Dan PCT 2015 VLOG #15- Days 19 and 20
I continued along Mission Creek for a while. This section is where I first ran into the infamous Poodle Dog Bush. It's kinda like poison ivy but many times worse. Another first is seeing Joshua trees for the first time. Since it's arid southern C......
Capt Dan PCT 2015 VLOG #29- Days 49 and 50, from Walker Pass north
Got up early-early to catch the early bus out of Lake Isabella, 37 miles back to the trailhead with a bunch of other hikers. Met Ass Patch and Vicki and Turtle for the first time. Was real pleased to make the 2200 foot ascent out of Walker Pass wit......
Capt Dan PCT 2015 VLOG #37- Day 62, Crossing Glen Pass
If I'd known better, I would have tackled Glen Pass (11,926 ft) in the afternoon and not first thing in the morning. The north side snow field is the steepest of all the passes and sketchy with icy snow. It was hard-packed icy snow when I went over......
Capt Dan PCT 2016 VLOG #127- Rainy Pass through Grasshopper Pass
Crossed over a whole passel of passes on this day- Rainy Pass, Cutthroat Pass, Granite Pass, Methow Pass and Glacier Pass. The views were stunning- magnificent peaks and breath-taking valleys. Plus, the weather cooperated. Doesn't get much better......
Capt Dan PCT 2016 VLOG #78- Restarting the PCT at Scott Pass
I restarted my PCT hike at Scott Pass where I left off last summer. (And thanks to Trail Angel/Maintainer extraordinaire Janette S. for driving me to the trail head from Redding)...