Trip 2 Day 4

When we last heard from the team, they had camp set up just before a storm came through which lasted about 30 minutes. Little did they know, that was only the beginning! The rain continued, followed by thunder and lightning until 1:30 this morning when the wind kicked up. Later this morning, however; they found…

Trip 2 Day 3 – Knife Edge

Not only was today the day that Team 2 would climb to the highest elevation of their trip, it was also the most technical as they would traverse what’s known as the Knife Edge. After a reconnaissance hike late yesterday, the team had a good night’s rest and started out early. “It’s a beautiful day…

Trip 2 Day 2

* NOTE: photos were added to the post for Trip 1 Day 5 / Trip 2 Day 1 Trip 2 is just tearing up the PCT! The team was up early today and, after a good breakfast, the llamas were loaded up and excited to be on the trail. From Hidden Spring, they hiked 4.5 miles when…

Trip 1 Day 5 / Trip 2 Day 1

The excitement continues! The first two teams met at White Pass late this morning to hand off the llamas and community gear.  After 5 days on the trail, the trip 1 team parted ways and the trip 2 team hit the trail by 12:45 pm.   Hiking 5.3 miles with close to a 2000′ elevation…

Trip 1 Day 4

According to Bill, yesterday was their biggest day yet! Had a nice swim in Snow Lake on a beautiful day. Thunder in the East and a lovely sunset. Headed out this morning for camp at Sand lake. Had some questions regarding our pack animals… Q: thru hiker – is that a llama or an alpaca!…

Trip 1 Day 3

Per Bill, yesterday was a good day; great views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams and elk resting at a lake below the trail. Not a bad lunch break. Then it was on to a large camp near a grassy meadow (happy llamas!) by Craig Lake. Headed out of camp this morning…

Trip 1 Day 2

Bill sent word that the team had wonderful weather and has made it to camp 2. They reported passing over 500 people on their 1st day out! Summer on the PCT! Thankfully, a nice calm camp with a beautiful sunrise this morning. Our old llamas apparently need to show the new boys how to cross…

Trip 1 Day 1

The team hit the trial this morning at 11:30 and are off and running… well, hiking anyway. Here’s a picture of the team… And here’s one of Bill and our old friend Faramir.  Two handsome fellas.  

2019 Trip #1 Heading Out!

After all the phone calls, emails, logistics and anticipation, Trip 1 is heading to the trailhead at Chinook Pass to begin what promises to be an epic hike in beautiful country. The weather looks good and, knock on wood, there are no wildfires to interfere. Be sure to check “track the hikers” often for a live feed…

Day 10 – Out to Rainy Pass

“This trip was epic, if not for Parkinson’s I’d have missed it. Never stop fighting, never stop hiking.”  Yours in the fight to whip PD, Derek Congratulations to all of trip #1 and #2 on an epic Pass to Pass adventure well done by all. Brian Bill George AC Brandon Esther Brian Derek Seth Steve…

Day 9 – On to Their Last Camp of the Trip

Derek says, “Today we be a lazy stroll 6 miles and camp just short of the trailhead.”  They are on the move this morning. They will be camping at the same camp they had nine days ago. Meanwhile enjoy the following pictures from trip #1.  

Day 8 – Rejoining the PCT

Derek is writing the blog for me from the trail. I don’t have much to do.  He says this morning, “Longer day today, team getting up early for 8-9 miles…after 2 more miles of uphill we’ll descend into South Fork.” and “Heavy wind last night 11-2, estimate 20-30 mph gusts. Good thing we locked everything…