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Rainmaker's PCT Journals

I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail over a three year period, spending a good portion of each summer on the trail in 1999, 2000 and 2001. In 1999, I hiked solo, but in 2000 and 2001, I hiked with my life partner Carol, whose trail name is Brawny. We completed the trail together at the Canadian border on September 17, 2001. This trail odyssey of 2,658 miles was quite an adventure.

Links to my journals (and photos) for each of the three years that I hiked are shown below. From rattlesnake encounters, 35 mile waterless stretches and temperatures of 107 degrees in the desert, to being lost in the snow at 12,000 ft. near Forester Pass to being caught in a rockslide while on a glacier in Washington, I have written about my adventures as best I can. I hope that you enjoy them. If you have comments, or questions about hiking the trail yourself, e-mail me at

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1999 - A hike of 1,013 miles, from the Mexican border to Sonora Pass in California. Rattlesnakes with an attitude, long, hot, waterless stretches, a bear that practically came into the tent with me in the Sierra, the majestry of the John Muir Trail, The Marmot From Hell, a trip ending back injury near Sonora Pass, and a vow to return the next year; it was quite a hike.

2000 - Resumption of my hike at Sonora Pass with Brawny. We hiked just over 800 miles to Crater Lake, Oregon, enjoying the spectacular vistas in northern California. This is a very remote section of the PCT, at one point we didn't see any other hikers on the trail for a period of 11 days.

2001 - Completion of the trail at Manning Park, Canada. We hiked 830 miles from Crater Lake and had all the adventure we could handle. We had to be ready for almost anything on this stretch of trail. Heat exhaustion got you down? Well, wait a day or so, then try hypothermia. And if you're on the Eagle Creek Trail and picking raspberries, do watch for bears.