The Pacific Crest Trail

I had a few personal days to burn before the new year. What better way to spend them than a hike along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)??

Problem was... it was pretty short notice and I was a bit wanting for winter backpacking gear. Credit card in hand I headed to the local REI. At the top of my list was a new pair of boots, since my old boots were too worn to risk the inclimate weather. I tried on a few different boots before getting to the LOWAs, which were an instant match! It was like they were made for my feet, they were so comfortable immediately.

Boots in hand I finished my shopping and began to plan my trip.

This was my first experience on the PCT and also my first experience with winter backpacking.

I set my route from Warner springs to Anza, about 40 miles in 2.5 days. I figured that if I planned the route southernly enough and stayed below 6000ft I probably wouldn't run into to much snow or ice. I was wrong.

My hike consisted of endless peaks and ravines through numerous state and federal parks that all had desert somewhere in the name. The nights were a cool 22-25 degrees Fahrenheit, while the day temperatures quickly rose into the mid 60's to low 70's.

My boots took it all and kept my feet at an even temperature. With a 40-45 pound pack covering 15 miles a day through rugged terrain I have not a single blister or hot spot on my feet. All this from a boot and I didn't even get a chance to break them in!

The next time I am in the market for a pair of boots the LOWAs will be the first pair that I reach for.

Aaron B

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