PCT Update 4: Walking Through the Clouds

05.05.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

We took off from Big Bear Lake fast and strong. Our sights were set on the town of Wrightwood and the summit just beyond it, Mount Baden-Powell. This next section... Continue Reading »

PCT Update 3: What Goes Up Must Come Down

04.27.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

As we looked at the map in preparation for our ascent up Mount San Jacinto, we planned three distinct days – an up day, a down day, and a flat... Continue Reading »

PCT Update 2: Dog Mayors and Gradient Ecosystems

04.19.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

The day after I slept in a kitchen shed we hitch hiked back into the desert. We were picked up by a young couple, Anwar and Claudia, who seemed even... Continue Reading »

PCT Update 1: Wind and Banjos

04.08.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

It is the fifth night of my hike and I have given up on sleeping for the night. The point at which I gave up is after my tent collapsed... Continue Reading »

Pre-PCT Gear List

03.30.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

As day zero comes closer and closer, I have finally put together my complete gear list. The first 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail offers a desert climate interspersed... Continue Reading »

PCT Update Zero

03.22.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

As I write this it is the last full day I will spend in this apartment. Next week will be the last week at my job. Two weeks after that... Continue Reading »

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

03.15.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

The MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes are a sturdy yet lightweight snowshoe that provides ample flotation and an aggressive grip. The outer ring of the snowshoe is rigid with crampon-like teeth... Continue Reading »

Outdoor Research Mt. Baker Modular Mittens

03.08.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

The Outdoor Research Mt. Baker Modular Mittens are a two part mitten designed to keep your fingers warm in extremely cold conditions. They have a waterproof shell with a heavy... Continue Reading »

9 Ways to Shed Pack Weight For Almost No Money

02.23.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

Spending hundreds of dollars on new sleeping bags and backpacks is one way to save large amounts of pack weight, but it’s not the only way. There are a lot... Continue Reading »

Passaconaway/Whiteface Abandoned Trail Loop from the North

02.14.2018 - Kyle Soeltz

Miles: 12.3 Elevation Gain: 3763’ Difficulty: Hard Typically if you want to do Mount Passaconaway and Mount Whiteface as a loop you have to do it from the south. Further,... Continue Reading »