Mexican Border to Warner Springs (Mile 0-109.5)

I have to pinch myself that I’m actually here. On May 14th at 7:30 am, I departed the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail to begin my northbound thru-hike that will take me an estimated 5 months to complete. So far, I’m feeling great and moving right along. On May 17th, I passed the 100-mile marker. On my fourth day, I did 37 miles!

My Bibbulmun Track “warm-up hike” definitely seems to have helped me from suffering the initial leg and foot pain that I see some other hikers going through now.

My first stop in Warner Springs, I got a bucket shower, split a hot pizza with another hiker, and received my first resupply box. The Mojave is much more scenic and mountainous than I ever anticipated. It is so beautiful here in southern California! It has been hot but usually accompanied by a breeze. I like to knock out the miles in the early morning when it’s cool. I have also made some gear adjustments to help lighten the load and save time on the trail.

Since I talk so much about Australia and my hiking experience there, another thru-hiker proposed my trail name be “Outback,” which I have gone by ever since.

I did my first night of “cowboy camping,” which consist of sleeping under the stars with a sleeping bag and no tent.

I’m so excited to keep going and I hope you’ll follow along!

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3 thoughts on “Mexican Border to Warner Springs (Mile 0-109.5)

  1. You Rock David! 37 miles on your 4th day! WOW, just WOW! Praying for safe travels. I love reading about you journey! Looking forward to hearing more! God bless you! Love, Nellie

  2. John Hernandez May 19, 2018 — 1:54 am

    You the man David! Can’t wait to hear about your next leg. Godspeed!
    John H.

  3. Jeanne Sample May 19, 2018 — 2:32 am

    Wonderful to see you doing so well and enjoying your miles David. I’m just in awe of what you’ve accomplished so far and looking forward to reading more from you and seeing your pictures. Be well – Jeanne

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