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January 25, 2005 | Scott Doggett
THE U.S. Forest Service has released a new map of the Southern California portion of the Pacific Crest Trail -- the first of 10 that will cover the entire 2,650-mile route. The richly detailed maps, printed on tear-resistant and waterproof synthetic paper, fold up small and contain topographic and geographic coordinates, trail elevations and details about access roads, trail heads and feeder trails. Previously, hikers needed multiple maps to get the information contained in one new map.
September 14, 2004 | Barbara Egbert, Special to The Times
Barbara Egbert, husband Gary Chambers and their 10-year-old daughter, Mary Chambers, started hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail in Mexico on April 8. Mile 739, Day 52 Mary wakes up feeling queasy and throws up after drinking some water. She still hikes 15 1/2 miles that day. Two days later, we veer off the Pacific Crest Trail to climb 14,497-foot Mt. Whitney. Mary leads the way up and back, running the last few yards to the top with her father.
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.
April 13, 2004
On the Pacific Crest Trail, there are lots of miles (2,650) and lots of mammals. Big ones. You can view them at close range April 24 at the annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off at Lake Moreno County Park in Campo, Calif. This "low-key gathering of present section- and thru-hikers, past thru-hikers, ancient thru-hikers, trail angels, supporters and aspiring section- and thru-hikers" pumps up those destined to spend months away from the Starbucks-swilling hordes. What's that like?
March 30, 2004
Hikers shuck their routine -- and their given names -- beginning this month to tackle the 2,650-mile trek between Mexico and Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Most will travel south to north for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 months if they go all the way. Some will adopt trail names like Soupbean, Blaze, Memory Lapse, Molasses and French Fry and Yucca (a couple).
By his 454th mile, with the brutal Mojave Desert just ahead, 33-year-old hiker Daryl Waycott would not mind news of, say, a quick, biblical kind of thunderstorm--which sounds farfetched, maybe, but it's funny how wistful thinking can play out on the rugged Pacific Crest Trail. This time, though, by the time Waycott hikes out of the Angeles National Forest, there are no such glorious tidings of creeks and springs that runneth over.
November 3, 2001
Brian Robinson of San Jose went for a hike in January and wound up last weekend, 7,371 miles later, on the snowy summit of Maine's Mt. Katahdin. Robinson, a 40-year-old engineer, did what no one else has ever done, or possibly even tried. He hiked the length of the three national scenic trails--the Pacific Crest, the Continental Divide and the Appalachian--within a year. In 10 months, in fact, averaging about 30 miles a day on the Pacific and Continental legs, and gulping 6,000 calories daily.
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