Trip 1 Begins

The hikers are sleeping on the trail tonight. They had “llama school” to meet the llamas and how to pack the paniers and they had a dinner together the night before to get to know each other too.

Packing the Gear

The trips in Washington and Oregon are about to begin- Trip 1 Friday July 30. Your donations helped us expand this year- doubling our Parkies, support hikers, llamas and number of hikes The gear truck will be at every trailhead to get out the gear, feed the hikers and check on shuttling vehicles from July…

PtP Elite Hiker Group Shares Trip Video

Eric Matson from Trip 7 on the California John Muir Trail trip compiled a 23 minute video summarizing the 7 day trip with GoPro video, still photos and some short conversations. It certainly gives you a taste of hiking in the High Sierras. The video is just over 23 minutes long, in MP4 – H.264…

Fabulous Photos and Good Feelings

“The JMT trip was incredible!  We had a great cohesive group. There were challenges, struggles,  encouragement and much success and feelings of triumph that will stay with us and encourage us as we take on more challenges. Many of us are so thankful for these experiences and opportunities.” Linda ” What an amazing and inspiring…

Last Camp for JMT Hike

“Perched just below Kearsarge Pass on the West side at 10,945‘” The team hiked 8.7 miles, climbing 1,530′ and dropping 1,935’. Today they had an early morning thunderstorm at 8:45 am shortly after they started hiking at 7 am. The last camp is turned into a relaxing “spa” with a lake, tanning opportunities and George…

Early Start- High Elevation

The hikers started early at 7 am today. Yesterday’s trip was 8.88 miles with 1,967 feet up and also 1,403 down and they camped at 10,881 feet. Today will be the highest elevations of the trip at Forester’s Pass 13,200′. “Crossed the treeless Bighorn Plateau as a thunderstorm was rolling in. Raced to the tree…

Fist Bumps at Each Pass

“The Sierra are quite beautiful yet quite challenging and strenuous as we climb steeply up ad down everyday. We victoriously give fist bumps at the top of the pass.” Today they cross the High Sierra Trail and camp at Tindale Creek before the big climb to Forester’s Pass Monday. They have seen several pack trains…

Thunderstorms and elevation ups and downs

“The marmots seem to be posing” as the hikers go by according to our report. And there was an 8 inch trout swimming below where the hikers collected water last night! Lots of ups and downs with thunderstorms and rain yesterday and today. ” Everyone huddled in their tents” after making early afternoon camp. Hikers…

Over Army Pass!

The hikers made it over Army Pass 12, 300 ‘. This is a new record of elevation for a PasstoPass hike but it will be surpassed shortly at Forester’s Pass. According to Linda, they have a new game “Who can figure out the mystery of how the trail will get us over the massive wall?”…

JMT Hikers in Good Shape

We are getting limited information because of the high elevation. Yesterday was a great start “no altitude sickness and no afternoon thundershowers.” Dinner was at 4 pm and most hikers in bed by 6 pm after an early morning start. “Fun companionship!” The hikers are up early and hiking by 8 am today. It looks…

Trip 7 John Muir Trail

The hikers are off to an early start at 7 am from Cottonwood Lake, elevation 11,040 feet. They are heading to New Army Pass 3.8 miles ele. 12,310. They are acclimitizing to the elevation and drinking lots of water, Follow their path on “Track the Hikers” page on the California Trip link. We are waiting…