Twig Adventures

PNT Day 2: Havillah & Bonaparte

Saturday July 2nd, 2022, 0615-2000Hilltop to Toroda Creek Rd WEBO mm 542.6 Segment 5 Okanogan Highlands32 miles, Gain 2900′, Loss 3400′, elevation 3255 What a great second day on the trail! Or should I say road? For starters, I got a brilliant night’s sleep, without one disturbance. Ok, maybe one or two since I heard birds calling all night.  A chorus was going by 4 am and the light was starting to peak through. I’ll never begrudge birdsong though, no matter how early. I pulled my buff over my eyes to block out the light…both to go to sleep and before waking. I allowed myself to sleep in until 5 am since I needed to catch up. This felt late since[…]

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PNT Day 1: Oroville…what the flip?

Friday July 1st, 2022, 1530-1920Whistler Canyon Trailhead @ HWY 97 to top of hill, WEBO mm 578.8, Segment 5 Okanogan Highlands10.8 miles, Gain 3300′ , Loss 500′, elevation 3750 I’m glad I downloaded the section overview maps from the PNTA website beforehand, because this should help followers understand ‘what the flip’ I’m doing for this hike. See the highlighted section of the Okanogen Highlands above? After a whole lot of back and forth on what to do about record levels of residual snow in the Cascades and Rockies, this is where my PNT thru-hike begins: in the middle, working my way east. Once I hike back to Glacier National Park, I’ll repeat my train\bus\ride travels to pick up the trail in[…]

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PNT Pre & The Big Split

June 21st- 30th I’ve never had a hike begin with so much uncertainty and last minute decisions! At least my previous experiences prepared me well for being flexible and resilient. But it didn’t help that I set myself up with some complicated logistics beforehand, beginning with a flight segment to Denver. Buying 2 separate one-way tickets (Miami-Denver & Denver-Kalispell) turned out to be a lot cheaper and allowed for some time in-between to visit family. But doing multiple stops while traveling with only my thru-hiking gear requires some consideration. It also makes last minute changes more stressful. I was up all night before my first flight fretting about gear choices, namely my clothing. Early reports from other hikers and the[…]

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Pacific Northwest Trail 2022

For my 10th long-distance thru-hike, I’m attempting the 1,200 mile PNT, which traverses along the Canadian border from Glacier National Park in Montana to Cape Alava/Pacific Ocean on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. This route serves as a northern connector of the PCT and CDT, as it shares a brief part of each trail. The majority of the PNT is through Washington…a section I really loved on the PCT, so I’m looking forward to seeing more of this beautiful state. The conditions will be a huge change from my recent time spent in the desert SW and along the east coast on the AT. Water will be plentiful (snowpack is still way above average), bushwhacking will be the REAL DEAL,[…]

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