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In Quincy, we were reminded of the primary reason we are out here - the people we meet. The Jones' lifted our spirits, got us pumped to push on, and we did. The next morning we got a ride to the trail and kept hiking. The next few days we would be tested.


Water was scarce on the ridge line we trekked. Worst of all, we found a hole in our water purification drops, and had leaked out. We were days from our next resupply, and after finishing the water we had, camped dry.

The next day was a nearly twenty mile day with no water. We took little sips of unfiltered water here and there, but didn't want to get sick so had to make our way into town to fill up on water. Dried out, dizzy, and confused -- we finally made it into town, hydrated, and got some food.

The Dusty Camel

My birthday, on the 18th, was spent at a hiker haven called Drakesbad Guest Ranch. Officially half done with the trail, we prepare to buckle down, start doing some crazy miles, and get ready to finish this beast.

The Dusty CamelIan Mangiardi, a full-bred New Yorker from Manhattan’s Lower West Side, works at Patagonia and is finishing a degree at NYU. Mangiardi is one-third of The Dusty Camel. The trio is hiking 2,600 miles northbound on America’s Pacific Crest Trail in Spring 2011 to raise awareness for the protected lands they trek. Donations raised through their website goes to the protection of the PCT.

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