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PCT Update 13 (Final): Whisper

09.25.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

It’s day 151. I shake the ice off of my tent as I peel it open to watch the last sunrise I will see on the Pacific Crest Trail. The air is cold and still, I lie in my sleeping bag dreading the thought of putting on my pants and shoes that are still saturated from the storm the night...
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PCT Update 12: Countdown

09.04.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

I vividly remember my first moments on trail like they were yesterday. Dennis, his dad, and I sat in the back seat. Dennis’s brother Tom sat in the passenger seat...
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PCT Update 11: Wonder and Woe

08.27.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

Our speed continued to be fast and when we couldn’t up the pace any further we pushed the time instead. Most mornings we would be hiking around 6:30AM, and we...
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PCT Update 10: Smokescreen

08.13.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

On another scorchingly hot afternoon I made my way to the last town of California all alone. In just a few more days I would be crossing into Oregon, the...
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PCT Update 9: Midpoint

07.26.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

The climb out of Belden was steep and hot, a precursor for what was to come. Across the valley we could see lush pine forests providing shade and shelter for...
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PCT Update 8: Light Through the Forest

07.13.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

We split an Uber with two other hikers and were deposited in front of a casino hotel. The quiet serenity of the mountains and trees was suddenly replaced with bright...
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PCT Update 7: Down Time

06.28.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

We were out of food and toilet paper, our extra batteries were all dead and our phones running on their last drops. Twelve straight days through the High Sierra had...
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PCT Update 6: Into the Sierra Nevada

06.16.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

It has been close to 2 weeks since any sign of civilization. Even longer than that since we were last in a real town, and by real town I mean...
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PCT Post-Desert Gear Update: What Worked, What Didn’t, and What I’ll Be Taking Into the Sierra

05.29.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

With the desert section behind me I feel it is a good time to look back at all of the gear changes that took place over that 700 miles. There...
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PCT Update 5: Marathon Through the Mojave

05.16.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

In the middle of the blistering heat and barren landscapes sits a place with shade, running water, and even air conditioning. Run by a couple of “trail angels” out of...
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