Blog — Pacific Crest Trail

Should I Filter My Water on the PCT?

Should I Filter My Water on the PCT?

With the thru-hiking season around the corner and rain and snow still very much part of the PCT landscape, the repeated question around water filtering comes up. When you are out in the middle of nowhere, in the backcountry, getting water from a stream, do you really need to filter that water? To jump to the conclusion: yes, you need to filter water on the PCT.  And now a bit more: Why filtering water in the backcountry? Despite the very tempting look of a refreshing stream on a warm summer day, the primary source of what gets us sick outdoors...

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Gear Guidance from Grace Dawson, PCT 2018

Gear Guidance from Grace Dawson, PCT 2018

A Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike was Grace's first multi-day trek. Remarkably, Grace had only camped twice before she set out on the PCT. She started out with her friend, Mother Hen, but ended up hiking a few weeks solo when her friend had to get off the trail.

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Maleen Scholl: Prepping for the PCT in 2019

Maleen Scholl: Prepping for the PCT in 2019

This is the first interview in a series about preparing for and reflecting on the three long-distance trails that comprise the Triple Crown: the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. Maleen Scholl is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail this year.

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Brandon Kuehn on the Trail

Brandon Kuehn on the Trail

Brandon Kuehn AKA Ginger Beard Outdoors got started on the PCT but had to stop due to hypertension of his left knee. With intense determination, he dutifully performed physical therapy and is back on the trail! We love a happy ending. He answered some questions for us before he set off again. Where and when did you start? I started at the border of Mexico and the US in Campo, CA, the morning of April 3, 2018. Where and when do you plan to finish? I plan on finishing the beginning of Sept. at the Manning Park Resort in Canada. Is...

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