Author: Chase

Snarling Grizzly
Death in the Wild

[caption id="attachment_407" align="aligncenter" width="960"] This dude would eat you.[/caption] A year ago today, I was madly beginning to plan my adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail. With the approaching anniversary, I'm thinking back to the time leading up to my trip. Planning, packing, and telling my...

Park City from afar
Wyoming Bound

[caption id="attachment_397" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Hiking across the valley from Park City[/caption] I drove out from Sonoma after the New Year. Left behind the rolling hills, the ocean fog, the vineyards, left behind friends and left behind family. I had enjoyed the holidays at home with my...

Importance of Writing

I recently had the honor and pleasure of working with my niece on her applications for admission to High School. It reminded me of the importance of writing, learning to write, and the hardest part of writing: Finding your voice. At that age, twelve or thirteen...

Gear Review: Shoes – Lone Peaks 1.0 by Altra

Shoes Lone Peak 1.0 by Altra Zero Drop http://www.altrazerodrop.com/fitness/en/Altra/Men/lone-peak-15-mens Note that they no longer carry the Lone Peak 1.0. I can't vouch for the 1.5. Tested 700 miles at a time. One pair lasted me 1100+ miles through ran, snow, rivers, sand, rock, mud, the works. Yay Dryness. These shoes...

Gear Review: Pack – Exos 46L by Osprey

Pack Exos 46L by Osprey http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/product/superlight/exos_46 Tested over 140 days of continuous use on the Pacific Crest Trail. Daily average of 23lbs in the pack. Was drenched in rain and dried thoroughly in the desert. Yay Size. At 46Liters, the design of the pack provides plenty of storage for a...

Gear Review: Tent – Big Agnes FlyCreek UL2

Tent Big Agnes FlyCreek UL2 https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Tent/FlyCreekUL2 Tested over 138 nights on the Pacific Crest Trail. Tested over 2 nights on the West Coast Trail. Evening temperatures ranging from 25 degrees to 65 degrees F. Three season conditions: High winds, dumping rain and hail, a veritable creek was running...

Gear Review: Camping Quilt – RevelationX 20 from Enlightened Equipment

Sleeping Bag/Quilt RevelationX 20 degree from Enlightened Equipment http://www.enlightenedequipment.com/?product=revelationx-20-2 Tested over 138 nights on the Pacific Crest Trail. Tested over 2 nights on the West Coast Trail. Evening temperatures ranging from 25 degrees to 65 degrees F. Yay Warm. I was worried a quilt wouldn’t provide the same warmth....

Sun Sets On The PCT

It was over so fast. And in the blink of an eye, a month has passed since I left the Pacific Crest Trail. Everyday since has been both great and empty at the same time. The trail gave me a clear goal at the same time...

Adventures Continue On The Rugged West Coast

After finishing the PCT, I was floating through life for a couple days. I was able to join another hiker on a wine tasting weekend in Penticton, British Columbia. The whole thing was quite surreal and foreign. It didn't feel like I was really off...

Ending with a Bang

I rested for 3 full days in Stehekin. I was so relieved to be thawing out after the rainy trail. Stehekin had a beautiful lake and sun drove me to dive in the water all day. I'd walk in the morings to their bakery and...