September 26, 1985 |
Bob Holtel, West Torrance High School physical education teacher, is one guy who belies the adage that "those who can't do, teach." Holtel, 54, a former cross-country coach at West High, recently completed a summer-long run along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border to Donner Pass north of Lake Tahoe. It is part of a three-year plan by Holtel to run the Crest Trail from Mexico to the Canadian border.
July 4, 1989 |
When the ferryboat Sierra Queen was launched on this 7,327-foot-high lake in time for this Fourth of July holiday, weekend hikers in the High Sierra knew summer had finally arrived. The Sierra Queen is one of the most remote ferries in the nation and caters almost exclusively to backpackers hiking the Mexico-to-Canada Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail.
June 8, 2004 |
COME LATE afternoon here at hiker heaven, the new bodies turn up like strays seeking scraps. They limp in, stinking, blinking and grateful. They lurch for the beckoning chairs on the shaded patio. They fling down their packs. And they mutter names that sound like roll call at San Quentin. "Green Bean," says a lanky Georgian in a duct-taped cowboy hat, introducing himself. His wife, Woolly Mammoth, follows. Some hikers are teens, some are retired. Some are chatty, some stoic.
May 11, 1988 |
About six hours before Winning Colors took the Kentucky Derby by storm Saturday afternoon, 37 riders and their horses were winding their way down a hill and through the brush on Chaney Ranch. In Louisville, there were thousands of people and 80-degree sunshine. In Warner Springs, population 203, there were a handful of people, 40-degree temperatures and a biting wind. Andy Terralavoro stopped on the trail long enough to hand Lois Grote a hat.
May 10, 2005 |
If crossing mountain passes buried under 5 feet of snow with a full pack and an ice ax isn't your vision of thru-hiking this summer, think again. It might be the only way to get past an enormous Sierra snowpack blocking the Pacific Crest Trail between Cottonwood Pass and Sonora Pass, according to the Pacific Crest Trail Assn. The snow depth on 11,050-foot Cottonwood Pass is 62.7 inches, state agencies report.
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October 23, 2001 |
A San Jose engineer seeking to hike America's three premier trails in one year may accomplish his goal by week's end. Brian Robinson began his attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail on Jan. 1. To finish the Appalachian Trail--the last of the trio he has to walk--Robinson must still hike Maine's Mt. Katahdin. Barring bad weather, he hopes to trek the 118 miles left of the trail in six days, according to his Web site.
July 17, 2013 |
The film version of Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild" is picking up steam: Reese Witherspoon has signed on to portray the author. In the book, Strayed writes of hiking the 1,000-mile Pacific Crest trail alone, compelled by grief over her mother's death, a failed relationship and a need to seek out answers. Oprah Winfrey found it so compelling that she revived her shuttered book club for it. "Wild" was a 2012 bestseller. The film has a strong literary pedigree -- in addition to the original book, the screenplay was written by Nick Hornby, author of "High Fidelity" and "About a Boy. " As a novelist, Hornby has had a number of bestsellers, and he received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay of "An Education.