Monday, April 28, 2008


PCT Class of 2008

We've never been down to the PCT Kickoff (Annual Day Zero PCT KickOff), but this year we had a great excuse. To see our friend Clearwater off for the start of his 2600 mile thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Pictured here are some of the 150+ hikers attempting to hike the trail from end to end in 2008. It was a mellow festival with about 500 people gathered at Lake Morena, some who we'd met on the A.T. last summer... Matt, Honey & Bear from the cabin in Maine, Chuck Snorris & Tigger.

My highlight was hearing Eric Ryback give a slide presentations from his 1970 thrhu-hike, complete with his original Kodachromes. I was also impressed with the general mellow and friendly atmosphere, and the organization of the food, activities and speaker panels. And listening to Squatch with his improv humor made for some great times.

Clearwater at the Mexican Border

On Sunday, we drove the rest of the way to the Mexican border and dropped off Clearwater to start his journey.

Clearwater Heading North

After a few great days together and some goodbyes, and loaded with five liters of water, Clearwater headed north, unaware of the 6 pound watermelon we had stashed into his pack. I keep laughing out loud imagining him finding it after lugging it for 20 miles.


  1. this is rad! way to be an encourager... thanks for sharing the pics... gives me a glimpse of the scene/culture/adventure... i'd of love to see those kodachromes, too!

  2. Hahah, I can just imagine his face when he finds the watermelon!